Make 2012 your year to visit an eco-friendly destination with your family. Here are five places where green is good:
1. Oregon. This northwestern haven for all things green is possibly the most eco-conscious state in the nation. With more than 300 miles of stunning coastline preserved as public land, families can visit pristine beaches, bike in two-wheel-friendly cities including Portland and Eugene, and raft on wild and scenic rivers. You can also explore high deserts, farm and wine country, and the Columbia River Gorge, all on one grand holiday.
Contact: 1-800-547-7842; traveloregon.com.
2. Borneo. Visit this exotic island to see the world's largest flower and discover sparsely populated beaches, caves, lush jungles, and an expansive list of endemic plant species. Trek through the virgin jungle to Mount Kinabalu and explore the Kinabatangang River region. Be on the lookout for wild boars, orangutans, macaques, elephants, kingfishers, and proboscis monkeys. Stay in award-winning eco-lodges featuring solar power, the harvest of rainwater, and wildlife-rehabilitation efforts.