Sept. 12, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Small town fans have nominated their favorites and the votes have been tallied! Today
Best of the Road®
Finalists in the hotly contested search for the 2013 Best Small Towns* in America. After two months of online voting at
, five towns were chosen as finalists in six categories - Most Beautiful, Most Fun, Most Patriotic, Friendliest, Best for Food, and Best for Geocaching – for a total of 30 finalist towns. The all-virtual 2013 contest has been more competitive than ever, breaking records across all metrics, including number of towns nominated, number of unique visitors, and number of votes placed.
"The Best of the Road program has been the most successful tourism campaign to discover Small Town America, and this year's record numbers are a testament to the program's ability to inspire pride in your hometown, and engage America in experiencing a new destination," said
, VP of Digital Strategy & Business Development,
. "Our new digital product offerings for CVBs and DMOs, in addition to our partnerships with Good Sam and
, will help the winning destinations showcase the best their towns have to offer."
Best of the Road® contest increased participation by 45% vs. 2012, engaging over 97,000 individuals to date, who nominated nearly 1200 towns – a 40% increase, and generated more than 63,000 votes!
The five finalists in the six categories are:
Most Beautiful –
Punta Gorda, Fla.
Jefferson City, Mo.
Most Fun –
Jim Thorpe, Pa.
Most Patriotic –
Best for Food –
San Mateo, Calif.
Walla Walla, Wash.
Best for Geocaching, sponsored by Geocaching.com –
West Bend, Wisc
Peachtree City, Ga.
Merritt Island, Fla.
Each Finalist is invited to submit a photo or video tour, and a written essay describing why it should be the winner of the contest in the selected category. The final judging will begin on
, and the selection will be based on a number of criteria including:
- the persuasiveness of the information contained in the Finalist Submission as to why the contestant town is the best Small Town in the U.S. in its Finalist Category;
- the originality and creativity of the Finalist Submission;
- the persuasiveness of the content of the online activity that addresses why the contestant town is the best Small Town in the U.S. in its Finalist Category;
- the volume of online activity about the contestant town between September 3, and September 27, 2013.
The winning town in each of the six categories will receive a FREE custom iPhone App and online travel guide developed by
, coverage in the 2015 Road Atlas, billions of media impressions, thousands of new visitors and more!
September 12, 2013
September 27, 2013
, the competition to be awarded the "Best" in each of the six categories – Most Beautiful, Most Fun, Most Patriotic, Friendliest, Best for Food, and Best for Geocaching will ensue. Winners will be announced on
For more information, read the
The winning town in each category will receive a FREE custom online travel guide and iPhone app – the perfect way to promote your town to travelers across America - developed by
and powered by Best of the Road.
Finalists and winning towns will be featured in Good Sam Club's Road Trip Planner, a new online tool that helps road-trippers organize and plan their trips and the stops along the way.