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National Trust For Historic Preservation Releases 2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations List

What Cities Belong on Your "Distinctive Destinations" List?

The National Trust For Historic Preservation just released their 2010 Dozen Distinctive Destinations list highlighting "cultural and recreational experiences different from those found at the typical vacation destination."

After browsing their picks, I realized that many of these places would fall into the budget-friendly travel category — they're not pricey, large metropolitan areas yet have special character, well-preserved traditions, and valuable histories. While it may require flying to smaller, regional airports to get super close, many would make a nice side trip from a traditional resort stay. I surely can name plenty of cute towns accessible as a day's drive (like Pescadero in Northern California) or even neighborhoods of bigger cities (like old-town Ybor City as part of Tampa, FL) that I'd consider worth the trip.

To see the National Trust's 12 nominees, and share your own "distinctive destinations" in the comments,


  1. Cedar Falla, IA
  2. St. Louis, MO
  3. Marquette, MI
  4. Fort Collins, CO
  5. Provincetown, MA
  6. Simsbury, CT
  7. Rockland, ME
  8. Chestnut Hill, PA
  9. Huntsville, AL
  10. The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, VA
  11. Bastrop, TX
  12. Sitka, AK

If you've been to any of these places, you can vote for your favorite but, otherwise, let me know which city or town gets your pick, even if it's not on this list.

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Spectra Spectra 6 years
Marquette, MI is really pretty; I'd recommend it for sure. Especially if you snowmobile or like doing outdoorsy things. I would add Madison, WI to the list, too. There are great restaurants, lots of places to visit, a GREAT downtown area, and a really cool free zoo. It's biker/pedestrian friendly and the traffic isn't bad.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
(OK, it's not really a city or town, but it's small enough area that you could easily visit several of the islands in a short amount of time.)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
The Lake Erie Islands, Ohio would be my pick. They have so much interesting history and there are a ton of fun things to do there.
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