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National Trust Releases 2007 List of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations
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Contributed By: National Trust for Historic Preservation
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org

Annual List Promotes Heritage Tourism

Washington, D.C. (March 7, 2007) – From a charming Colorado mining town nestled among spectacular red sandstone bluffs where Puebloan ruins abound, to a Southern city that’s home to a presidential library and linked forever to a defining moment in American history, to an 18th-century drop-dead gorgeous Chesapeake jewel of a town, America offers a wealth of alternative vacation destinations that symbolize an increasing dedication to historic preservation.

In recognition of this travel trend, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the country's largest private, nonprofit preservation organization, today announced the selection of its 2007 Dozen Distinctive Destinations, an annual list of unique and lovingly preserved communities in the United States.

"From a historic Western frontier town like Durango, Colo., to Little Rock, Ark., a place that forever changed the face of race relations in this country, to Chestertown, Md., one of the most charming, well-preserved towns on Maryland's breathtaking Eastern Shore, these twelve communities represent a truly distinctive slice of America," said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  "It is my hope that more American cities and towns will follow the lead of these great destinations in preserving their own unique spirit of place."

The list of 12 destinations was selected from a total of 63 destinations in 27 states nominated by individuals, preservation organizations and communities.

In addition, the National Trust recognized the city of New Orleans for exemplary achievement in heritage tourism.  The citation reads, "New Orleans is a richly unique, authentic, historic community that is reinventing itself through preservation-based revitalization.  The National Trust salutes the unflagging spirit of the people of New Orleans."

"Almost immediately after the hurricane hit, the people of New Orleans realized that it would be impossible to imagine America without their hometown.  Some places are just too important to let go," said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  "New Orleans' rebirth as a tourist destination is the untold story of the year."

The 2007 list of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations includes:

  • Charlottesville, Va.-- In the shadow of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville, Va., is a picture-perfect college town with vibrant shops, restaurants, wineries and a slew of presidential homes including Jefferson’s Monticello, Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland and Madison’s Montpelier, a National Trust Historic site located in nearby Orange, Va.
  • Chatham, Mass. -- Beloved by fishermen and sea captains for centuries, the charming coastal town of Chatham, Mass., boasts exquisite natural beauty, a charming, architecturally rich walkable downtown and some of the best, unspoiled beaches on the East Coast.
  • Chestertown, Md. -- An 18th-century jewel on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Chestertown was once a thriving Revolutionary-era port and today boasts a treasure trove of perfectly preserved 18th- and 19th-century homes, specialty stores, sidewalk cafes and scenic boating, biking and hiking along the drop-dead gorgeous Chesapeake coast. 
  • Durango, Colo. -- Nestled between red sandstone bluffs in the lush Animas River Valley, Durango, Colo., offers natural beauty and a colorful history that is today reflected in a charming Victorian downtown and some of the most spectacular and well-preserved Puebloan ruins in the United States. 
  • Ellensburg, Wash.. -- Located in the heart of the beautiful Kittitas Valley and in the center of Washington State, historic Ellensburg is a wonderfully preserved Victorian town that’s home to Central Washington University, a delightful downtown historic district and some of the best fly fishing in the Northwest. 
  • Hillsborough, N.C. --A picturesque and charming Southern town that played an important role in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, Hillsborough, N.C. boasts a lovely downtown historic district, an original, rare NASCAR speedway from the inaugural 1949 season and festivals for war re-enactors and barbeque lovers.
  • Little Rock, Ark. --With a presidential library, scores of well preserved historic buildings, an important Native American site, a WWII era submarine, the world’s longest pedestrian bridge and a site that forever changed race relations in this country, Little Rock, Ark., has it all.
  • Mineral Point, Wis. -- A hidden gem nestled in the rolling hills of southwestern Wisconsin, Mineral Point -- and its Cornish rock houses, Craftsman bungalows, simple log cabins and neoclassical confections -- is an architectural treasure trove, which celebrates its mining heritage and the abundant beauty of its pastoral setting.
  • Morgantown, W. Va. -- Nested along the Monongahela River in northern West Virginia, Morgantown, home to West Virginia University (student enrollment over 27,000), has a vibrant and active downtown, a Riverfront park with an amphitheatre and miles of paved rail/trail for recreational activities.
  • Providence, R.I. --The capital of one of the nation’s 13 original colonies and the home of several prestigious colleges, Providence, R.I., has a colorful four-century history proudly and prominently displayed in landmark structures, a Victorian-era park and a blazing riverfront festival that has revitalized this historic city.
  • West Hollywood, Calif. -- In a sprawling metropolis nicknamed the "City of Angels," West Hollywood, Calif., maintains a unique identity as a quirky yet sophisticated urban village, which boasts diverse historic architecture, people watching along glittering thoroughfares, designer boutiques, hip restaurants and unique tourist attractions such as the 1922 Rudolf Schindler House.
  • Woodstock, Ill. -- Only 45 miles from Chicago, the small, warm, Victorian village of Woodstock, Ill., which served as a stand-in for Punxsutawney, Pa., in the 1992 movie Groundhog Day, has a unique and beguiling charm with a celebrated town square and downtown historic district, a nationally renowned Mozart festival and a Victorian Christmas -- right out of Dickens.

This is the eighth time the National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced a list of Dozen Distinctive Destinations. To date, there are 96 Dozen Distinctive Destinations located in 41 states throughout the country. In each community, residents have taken forceful action to protect their town’s character and sense of place. Whether by enacting a local preservation law to protect historic buildings against demolition, rewriting zoning codes to prevent commercial sprawl, removing regulatory barriers to downtown housing, making downtown areas more walkable, enacting design standards, or taking some other major step that demonstrates a strong commitment to their town, residents have worked hard to preserve the historic and scenic assets of their communities, with rewards that transcend town limits.

To download high resolution images of this year’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, please visit www.nationaltrust.org/ddd.


Keywords: historic travel, National Trust for Historic Preservation, dozen distinctive destinations, heritage tourism

Posted: March 7, 2007
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