Sometimes when you're traveling, just can't help it - you need easy and fast when it comes to where you lay your head. And sometimes it isn't even up to you where you stay. But when it is in your hands and you have a little time to do some research on the town you're staying in and the options available to you, I'd encourage you (not that I need to!) to check out the more eco-friendly options available. Many of these may be locally-based, boutique-type hotels that will generally be more pricey (and I say, do it if you can!), but if you're looking for something more fixed-price and standard, take a look at my roundup of the eight most green-friendly hotel chains in America.
(Hint: if you want a quick look at options in your state, check out this list of green-approved resting places. You can also check for these seals of approval.)
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Kimpton Hotels are a smaller chain but still offer many locations throughout the U.S. Budget-friendly, the boutique spots include rooms optimized for energy and water conservation and restaurants with locally sourced food and beverages. They also print everything on post-consumer recycled paper, and some of the locations also feature an on-site organic garden. (Read more here!)