As many of you know, I was one of the participants on this year’s “Best of the Road” with Rand McNally and USA Today, which will be featured on the Travel Channel July 25th at 8pm EST. I have no doubt that all the judges had an incredibly difficult time choosing the top town in each of the categories. I know for Brian and I (Team Road Bros.), we were treated like local celebrities and shown the best that each town we visited had to offer with respect to “Best Food.”Like people, each town was a bit different, some slightly excelled in one category over another, but ultimately a winner had to be selected.
There is no question the “winner” in each category will receive more recognition, but the publicity each town has received, and will continue to receive, certainly has made it all worthwhile.
After each team presented their findings to a panel of judges, the teams that were involved with the Travel Channel production were given the names of the winner and runner-up to present on the show, which again, will air on July, 25th.
Without further ado…the winners are:
- Santa Fe, New Mexico – “Best Food”
- Bardstown, Kentucky – “Most Beautiful”
- DelRay Beach, Florida – “Most Fun”
- Gainesville, Texas – “Most Patriotic”
- Murray, Kentucky “Friendliest”
The runner-ups in each category were (in alpha order):
- Bloomington, Indiana
- Burnsville, Minnesota
- Charlottesville, Virginia
- Lewiston, New York
- Walla Walla, Washington
- Baker City, Oregon
- Danville, Kentucky
- Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
- Sedona, Arizona
- Tybee Island, Georgia
- Buena Park, California
- Corning, New York
- Denton, Texas
- Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio
- Santa Claus, Indiana
- Cloudcroft, New Mexico
- College Station, Texas
- Frisco, Texas
- Joplin, Missouri
- San Luis Obispo, California
Congratulations to the winners, and to all the towns involved! I know I can speak for the other teams when I say it was an honor and a privilege for us to meet the towns and to be involved with the “Best of the Road” campaign. I wish you all the best of luck in fostering your communities, and hope to see you on the road real soon.