When you think of travel destinations the first that come to mind probably don't include Huntsville, AL; Marquette, MI; Sitka, AK or Bastrop, TX (right). Those are some of the destinations included in the National Trust's annual designation of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Their criteria start with distinctive historic preservation sites.
For ten years the National Trust has used the Dozen Distinctive Destinations program to highlight how historic preservation helps communities create a sustainable future and a strong economy through heritage tourism. This year’s list of distinctive destinations range from a culturally diverse New England seaport steeped in the arts and a bustling city known as the “Gateway to the West” to an Appalachian music-heritage trail, an Alaskan gem rich in Native American and Russian history and a charming Southern city that blends antebellum architecture with space age history.
And this year for the first time, the public will determine which of the 12 destinations will be the 2010 Fan Favorite. Starting today you can vote for your favorite city or town on this year’s list. And when you vote, you can enter to win a complimentary two-night stay at any Historic Hotel of America (no purchase necessary).
You can vote as often as you’d like at www.preservationnation.org/ddd through February 28 (open to legal residents of the U.S., 18 years of age or older).
The Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010 are:
Provincetown, MA; Bastrop, TX; Fort Collins, CO; Huntsville, AL; The Crooked Road, VA; Marquette, MI; St. Louis, MO (left); Cedar Falls, IA; Rockland, ME; Simsbury, CT; Chestnut Hill, PA; and Sitka, AK.
Click on the heading above to learn more about the Dozen Distinctive Destinations and see a short video of them all.