The must-see U.S. green landmarks

Visitors tour Rainforests of the World at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. It's an appealing 'green' destination for vacationers.

Summer is vacation time, and these days, almost anywhere you might travel in the United States, you'll probably find a "green landmark" nearby that's worth a visit.

What's a green landmark? According to a Travel + Leisure article last November, it's an outstanding example of iconic green design.

The magazine spotlighted 10 of these emblematic, environmental design destinations as must-sees for travelers (we've omitted the one that hasn't been built):

California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns Restaurant, Pocantico Hills, New York

5.4.7 Arts Center, Greensburg, Kan.

The High Line, New York City

Cavallo Point – the Lodge at the Golden Gate, Fort Baker, Calif.

Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure, Santa Monica, Calif.

 Willis (Sears) Tower

World Birding Center, Bentsen – Rio Grande Valley State Park, Mission, Texas

But that's not the only Top 10 list out there. Earlier this week, Mother Nature Network came out with its own list, which looked more at environmental qualities and less at design. While there was some duplication, here are MNN's additions:

Findlay Market, Cincinnati

 The new New York City

The Sonoran Desert

 The Green Exchange, Chicago

Possible additions to a list of top green landmarks:

Philips Eco-Enterprise Center  in Minneapolis

Almost any botanical garden. The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis is a good example.

Good farmers' markets with lots of organic produce

As you hop into your hybrid car to head out on vacation, what would you add to a list of environmentally friendly must-see sights in the US, or abroad?

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