Santa Rosa, CA Named Top U.S. Destination for Eco-Friendly Travelers New York Times Respected Travel Site Ranks Top 10 Green Cities

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Visit Santa Rosa announces that the city of Santa Rosa has been ranked one of the top most environmentally friendly and green towns to travel to in the U.S. Ranked out of 100 U.S. cities. The town is praised for its dedication to environmental initiatives and green practices.

Over 65 percent of Americans plan on traveling this vacation season and most travelers, over 44 percent according to AAA, will look for environmentally-friendly programs when choosing hotels and a destination. Conscientious travelers know that travel has a huge environmental impact and seek a greener way to explore. The New York Times high-ranking travel site for the eco-conscientious set, TravelNerd, the travel arm of consumer advocacy website NerdWallet has over 1 million new users a month. They have ranked the country’s top destinations for green travel citing Santa Rosa as one of the top 10 out of 100 U.S. cities surveyed. The report highlights destinations that specifically have initiatives to green the city as well as access to a plethora of nature and eco-friendly activities. For information on green travel plans, accommodations and outings please visit or call (800) 404-7673.

Sonoma County and Santa Rosa famous for award-winning wineries have a very unique relationship and devotion to the environment and green practices. Area hotels, wineries and businesses work to support the environment for example; Vintners Inn & John Ash Restaurant is one of only 100 or so hotels throughout the State of California to be awarded the Environmentalist Level in the California Green Lodging Program the highest level of program participation available. Benzinger Family Winery is on the forefront of the green movement and educates visitors on organic eco-friendly growing practices. As an early adopter of GreenPoint, Santa Rosa’s Built It Green was adopted in 2004 and promotes building and remodeling buildings with a sustainable approach. Visitors can also stop by the Laguna Environmental Center in town to learn about the environmental history of Northern California.

Traveling the area affords many opportunities to revel in nature witness eco-friendly practices in action. Many visitors get around by bike; bike rentals are all around town, features quality folding bikes with delivery to any location is free of charge. A folding bike in the trunk of your car gives you the flexibility you need to travel to interesting places in the region. Getaway Adventures provides plenty of tours for every kind of traveler – wine enthusiasts should try the Sip ‘N Cycle, a biking day tour to various wineries in the area. Sonoma Canopy Tours provides 2.5-hour eco-tours with zip-lines, sky bridges and staircases and, of course, Northern California Redwoods. A local favorite, Community Market, is a worker-run natural food store including 100% organic produce sourced from Sonoma County farmers.

About Visit Santa Rosa

Visit Santa Rosa provides assistance to visitors and groups seeking information about lodging, dining and entertainment opportunities in Santa Rosa. The bureau also operates an Official State of California Welcome Center, and helps to bring major events to Santa Rosa. For more information about traveling Green in Wine Country please call (707) 577-8674 or

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