Top 10 List: USA

To celebrate the new year, I’m looking to the future in a positive way with my Top 10 list of countries which we expect to hear a good deal in the coming year.

After years of not paying that much attention to eco travels in the USA (mostly because it was already well covered and frankly, I’d already grown up with the idea thanks to my parents), I’m ready to shift gears and pay attention to the homeland. If I could, I’d award President Obama with another Nobel Peace Prize for getting the country out of official climate change denial and making the entire government more Web 2.0-savvy. Among the signs of all-around positive change, Ken Burns’ wonderful documentary about the park system and the National Park Service on Twitter!. For those who love responsible travel, ecotourism and indigenous tourism options, the pieces of the puzzle appear to be falling into place.

On top of our wishlist for the USA is a big ask – less politics as usual and more integration. If we can’t agree on some things, can we search for common ground? We’d also like to see some forwarding-thinking U.S. universities walk the talk of responsible tourism and participate more in open forums and dialogues about tourism.

Keep an eye on state guides such as Nevada. In the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to visit some beautiful parks and museums including Valley of Fire, Lost City and Red Rock Canyon

More about rural tourism in and urban innovations in the USA in 2010!
Call for photos: North American Ecotourism

YOUR TURN – What are you favorite things about the USA?

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