Two California towns have earned a place on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of top heritage destinations for 2011. The nonprofit organization each year selects a Dozen Distinctive Destinations that “boast a richness of character and exude an authentic sense of place,” according to a statement released Tuesday.
The coastal town of Eureka on Humboldt Bay was singled out for its Victorian homes and nearby old-growth redwood forests. Sonoma too was recognized for the town’s wine-country roots that reach into the early 19th century. Many Californians, who likely already know these tourist spots, might consider revisiting, with a focus on their architectural and cultural qualities.
Other destinations that made the 2011 list include Alexandria, Va.; Chapel Hill, N.C.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Dandridge, Tenn.; Muskogee, Okla.; New Bedford, Mass.; Paducah, Ky.; San Angelo, Texas; St. Paul, Minn.; and Sheridan, Wyo.
The National Trust also wants to know what places on the list you like best. Fans are invited to vote for one of the 12 between Tuesday and March 15. Participants will be entered to win a free two-night stay at any Historic Hotel of America, which includes places such as Cavallo Point in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
Click on the Dozen Distinctive Destinations website to learn more about what makes these destinations special and to register to vote.