Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

Recycling bins are only the beginning: Travel + Leisure readers picked the best cities for earth-friendly perks like solar-powered hotels, bike-powered beer bars, and fabulous recycled fashions. 

No. 1 Portland, OR

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The Oregon city famous for its rose garden won the Green trophy this year, thanks to its colorful parks, its top-ranked mass transit and its flair for sustainable eating.  Consider the downtown vegetarian food truck Juniper, where you can order a vegan mac ’n’ cheese made with cashew provolone, and wash it down with a tonic infused with grains of paradise. Speaking of grains, the city also ranked near the top for its microbrews, like HopWorks’ BikeBar, which has 75 bicycle parking spots, along with electricity-producing exercycles that you can pedal while you quaff. To blend in with the local, fedora-clad hipsters, browse the gently-used or locally-made clothing at downtown’s Rock & Rose.

Counting Down the 20 Greenest Cities in America

No. 1 Portland, OR

The Oregon city famous for its rose garden won the Green trophy this year, thanks to its colorful parks, its top-ranked mass transit and its flair for sustainable eating.  Consider the downtown vegetarian food truck Juniper, where you can order a vegan mac ’n’ cheese made with cashew provolone, and wash it down with a tonic infused with grains of paradise. Speaking of grains, the city also ranked near the top for its microbrews, like HopWorks’ BikeBar, which has 75 bicycle parking spots, along with electricity-producing exercycles that you can pedal while you quaff. To blend in with the local, fedora-clad hipsters, browse the gently-used or locally-made clothing at downtown’s Rock & Rose.

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