5 Sustainable Tourism Attractions From Around The World

5 Sustainable Tourism Attractions From Around The World
The ecologically built Tij observatory is an unique place to spot beautiful birds Photo Credit: Shutterstock

From imparting education on climate change to running solar-powered trains, these addresses are showing the way to sustainable tourism

OT Staff
March 02 , 2023
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As travellers become increasingly aware of the carbon footprint they leave behind, many of them are looking beyond the most affordable and comfortable ways to travel. Instead, they are putting more thought into how their presence at a given tourist spot affects the landscape and environment of the place, making them want to do the right things in the places they visit. Here we have compiled a list of five tourist spots around the world that have approached the concept of sustainability in the most innovative ways.

Climate Museum, New York City, US


A first-of-its-kind nonprofit organization, the Climate Museum is dedicated to climate change and climate solutions in the US. If you are a conscious traveller, eager to know how you may reduce your carbon footprint and create a positive impact, then a visit to this museum is a must. The museum's mission is to "inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions." It organizes free exhibitions, youth events, and other public programs at its seasonal exhibition hub on Governors Island, in public spaces citywide, and through virtual events.

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, Cape Town, South Africa

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Cape Town, with approximately one million people a year using it, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway offers visitors a five-minute ride to the top of the Table Mountain plateau. Interestingly, the cableway has been carbon-neutral since 2016 and maintains one of the most cohesive responsible tourism policies, with careful water management and waste reduction practices in place.

Byron Solar Train, Byron Bay, Australia

Connecting the three-kilometre coastal track between Byron Town Centre and Byron Arts Estate, the Byron Solar Train is the world's first solar-powered train. You can either relax on vintage lounge seats in the first-class carriage or chat with fellow passengers in coach class while getting an amazing view of the Littoral Rainforests and Belongil Creek.

Azurmendi Restaurant, Larrabetzu, Spain

This three-Michelin-star restaurant has twice won the sustainable restaurant award from World's 50 Best Restaurants. The space has been designed in a manner where architecture is mixed with nature. Also, the restaurant harnesses solar and geothermal energy that is used for cooking and operational purposes. The guests can also tour the on-site greenhouse and vegetable gardens.

Tij Observatory, Stellendam, Netherlands

Taking inspiration from a tern's egg, Tij Observatory is a splendid birdwatching observatory in the Scheelhoek Nature Reserve. It is built out of sustainable wood and clad in thatched reeds. The observatory can be reached via a tunnel built from recycled bulkheads to minimize disturbance to birds.

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