The Nation's Distinctive Destinations

For the second year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has selected the Dozen Distinctive Destinations -- a list of the best preserved and unique communities in the U.S.

"From the waterfront of Beaufort, South Carolina, to the vineyards of Calistoga, California, these 12 destinations are marvelously American locations, typifying our country's small towns, close communities, and celebrated heritage. They offer a respite from the demands of today's frantic, wired world, while at the same time remaining relevant and thoroughly enjoyable. They epitomize the flip side of sprawl, demonstrating the joys and benefits of a well-preserved historic community. All 12 of these cities and towns are managing growth responsibly and maintaining strong, vibrant downtowns. They are committed to preserving their historic landmarks, maintaining their unique character, and sustaining an economic base of small, locally owned businesses. They are not only historically distinctive vacation spots - they are also fun places for families and visitors of all ages."

Thanks to APA Dateline

Full Story: A Dozen Distinctive Destinations 2001

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