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Top 10 Green Tourist Destinations for 2009

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With a rank of 81, this top destination in Canada won the second highest honors on this list for essentially keeping a national park untouched year after year. The Kootenay/Yoho National Park back ups to Banff is a vast expanse of wilderness with a "good, marked trail system." The development is very small and surrounding communities are far enough away that they don't have much of an impact. Judges remarked that, "If there is a blessing to the global economic downturn, it is the respite from such rampant, quick-buck degradation of Earth's remaining beautiful places. The break will be only temporary, however, unless the places at risk--and the people who visit them--learn from the places that care."

Image via: Jerry Kobalenko for National Geographic.

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