The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting nominations for its list of 2009 Dozen Distinctive Destinations®. Since 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has annually selected communities across the United States that offer cultural and recreational experiences different from the typical vacation destination. From dynamic downtowns and stunning architecture to cultural diversity and commitments to historic preservation, the selected destinations boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place. To date, there are 108 Distinctive Destinations located in 42 states throughout the country.
Nominations are open to Convention and Visitors Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce across the country. Individuals are encouraged to contact their local CVB or COC to encourage the submission of a nomination for this annual heritage tourism program. There is a $150 nomination fee. Those destinations selected receive a plaque for their community to display, as well as media attention and support for their destination via mainstream media and National Trust mediums. The nomination form is here: http://www.preservationnation.org/travel-and-sites/travel/dozen-distinctive-destinations/2009-dozen-distinctive.html
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history - and the important moments of everyday life - took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America's stories. For more information visit www.PreservationNation.org.