(Travel + Leisure)
As part of the annual America's Favorite Cities survey, Travel + Leisure readers ranked 35 metropolitan areas on a variety of travel-friendly qualities, from cleanliness to great public parks, which offset that urban asphalt and improve air quality. Without further ado, the top 20 greenest cities in America:
- Portland: One-fourth of the city is shaded by tree canopy, and the ground itself features 288 parks—including the world’s smallest dedicated park, the 24-inch-long Mill Ends Park. Portland also ranked at the top of the survey for its mass transit and near the top for its groovy, offbeat locals, known for their DIY spirit and cycling culture.
- Savannah: The winner in the parks category is old-school green, famous for its quaint, walkable streets and its 22 tree-lined squares, which date back to 1733.
- Minneapolis/St. Paul: With 46 miles of city bikeways and 84 miles of off-street paths, Minneapolis is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the nation. If you’d rather stay inside, check out one of the many “green” restaurants.
- Denver: The Mile High City got high marks from voters for embracing nature: The outdoorsy residents ranked as the most athletic in the survey. You can keep up with the sporty locals and cut your fuel use by using the city’s B-Cycle program, where you can rent bicycles for just $8 a day.
- Chicago: The Windy City came in first place for its cool architecture—but the greenest view of the buildings may be from above. Chicago has more energy-efficient “green roofs” than any other US city, including lush, planted roofs on Soldier Field, O’Hare International Airport, and City Hall.
See which other American cities did—and didn’t—make the top 20
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