The Anti-Orlando, Anti-Vegas Travel Wish List
The National Trust for Historic Preservation just released its annual list of "America's dozen distinctive destinations" -- alternative vacation spots across the country that will never make the travel industry's Top 10 list, but are lovely examples of beautifully preserved towns and cities, and definitely worth building a vacation around. And lucky us, two of their choices are near D.C.: the gorgeous colonial town of Chestertown, Md., on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and Charlottesville, Va., the quintessential college town in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge. I never get tired of going to either, at any time of year.
You could plan your whole traveling year around their list, which also includes the beautifully preserved fishing town of Chatham, Mass.; the "architectural treasure trove" of Mineral Point, Wisc.; the "quirky yet sophisticated" West Hollywood, Calif.; and the lovely Victorian village of Woodstock, Ill. The complete list is here and images of their picks are here.
Take a look at the list -- there are some obvious choices, but a few surprises, too (Ellenberg, Wash.?). Thoughts about the National Trust's nominations? If you have a well-preserved, vibrant town of your own to share, let's hear it.
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