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National Trust For Historic Preservation Announces 2008 List of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations




Annual List Promotes Heritage Tourism


Washington, D.C. (February 7, 2008) The National Trust for Historic Preservation® today announced the selection of its 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations®. Each year since 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has selected 12 vacation destinations across the United States that offer an authentic visitor experience by combining dynamic downtowns, cultural diversity, attractive architecture, cultural landscapes and a strong commitment to historic preservation and revitalization.


The destinations selected in 2008 range from a French colonial village along the banks of the Mississippi River that captures the pioneer spirit of the early settlers, to a small Texas town that serves as a gateway to the unspoiled terrain of the 19th century western frontier, to a gorgeous Southern city with roots three centuries deep, and a coastal town renowned for its seafood and historic buildings. 


“These twelve communities represent the richness and diversity of America’s cultural heritage,” says Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, “and in preserving their historic fabric and spirit of place are models for other towns and cities.”


The 2008 list of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations includes:


Aiken, S.C.Aiken seamlessly balances its varied 19th century heritage with cosmopolitan flair to offer all the necessary ingredients for a great vacation.


Apalachicola, Fla. Apalachicola, an authentic coastal town renowned for its mouth-watering seafood and singular charm, features a waterfront dotted with fishing vessels, a downtown filled with eclectic shops and streets lined with historic buildings.


Columbus, Miss.The birthplace of prize-winning playwright, Tennessee Williams, Columbus thrives on its extraordinary mix of Southern history, natural beauty and culture—with antebellum homes spared during the Civil War and historic tours showcasing the remarkable impact of the African American community to a revitalized Main Street that possesses great curb appeal.


Crested Butte, Colo.One of the most charming vacation destinations in the Rockies, this former coal mining village is a recreational paradise that offers a rare mix of rugged beauty, history and adventure no matter the time of year.


Fort Davis, TexasWith no traffic lights or chain stores, Fort Davis is a gateway to an unspoiled terrain, offering an extraordinary blend of majestic scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural resources that bring to life the history of the 19th century western frontier.

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