Geotourism is defined as "tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place - its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents."
Geotourism goes beyond "drive through" travel. It involves regional communities in providing the visitor with an authentic, enriching experience. It acquaints tourists with local culture and traditions and offers them in-depth opportunities to enjoy the area's unique natural beauty and biodiversity.
Geotourism benefits the environment by encouraging sound destination stewardship that keeps growth to sustainable levels and limits negative impacts such as overcrowding and resource pollution. It benefits residents by promoting local services and employment. It benefits visitors by informing residents about their needs and expectations.
National Geographic experts collaborate with hand-picked locals to develop unique travel resources to help visitors plan more enriching journeys through interactive online maps, guides, and virtual tours; tuck-in-your-pocket print formats; even mobile apps. All ﬁlled with inside insights and advice on exploring these legendary locations and tips on where to ﬁnd the most awe-inspiring natural beauty; outdoor adventures; ways to engage and volunteer in communities; home-grown festivals and events; museums, galleries, theaters, and interpretive centers; plus favorite spots to stay, eat, and drink.