Durango Area Awards

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Durango Area Tourism Office: 
802 Main Avenue – Durango, CO 81301 (970) 247-3500, www.durango.org   
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Durango Area Awards

2016 “Best Train Experience in The West,” D&SNGRR, Sunset Magazine
2016 “Best Towns,” finalist, Outside Magazine
2016  “Top Adventure Town,” Sunset Magazine, finalist
2015  “Affordable Winter Escapes in Western USA,” TripAdvisor, Durango ranked #1 in Colorado
2015  “Top 5 Colorado Boating Towns,”  Colorado Kayak Supply
2015  “13 Most Affordable US Ski Towns for Rentals in Winter 2015-16”, TripAdvisor
2015  “America’s 20 Best Small Towns for Christmas,” Country Living Magazine, #8
2015  “ The Top 50 Small Towns in America,” Discount My Flights
2015  “Top 12 Small Cities in Colorado,” 101usa.com
2015  “Best Destination for Outdoor Enthusiasts” USA TODAY, #2
2015  “10 U.S. Cities Where The Weather Is Perfect Year-Round,” Buzzfeed (6/29/15)
2015  “Best Places to Start a Business in Colorado,” NerdWallet
2015  “12 Budding Destinations in the Southwest,” TripAdvisor
2015  “World’s 15 Most Scenic Train Rides,” D&SNGRR, MSN Travel
2015  “100 Best Small Towns,” Durango #3, Livability.com
2015  “10 Best Ski Towns in America,” Forbes
2015  “2015 Top Western Towns,” #1  Western Town, True West Magazine
2014  “Colorado's Most Improved Cities,” Safe Choice Security News
2014  “Top 3 Livable Ski Towns,” Liftopia.com
2014   “San Juan Skyway Best Motorcycle Trip,” 10Best and USA Today’s Readers' Choice contest
2014  “Top 10 of the best waterfall runs in the U.S.,” Adrenaline Falls, Lime Creek, National Geographic
2014  “Most Scenic US Bike Trails,” http://www.theactivetimes.com
2014  “Best U.S. Cycling Town,” #8 town, 10Best Readers' Choice/USA TODAY
2014  “NTA Favorite Scenic Railroad,” National Tour Operators Distinguished Dozen
2014  “Top 10 Western Towns 2014,” True West Magazine
2014  “Top 10 Sleigh Rides in North America,” Fox News
2014  “Top Value Ski Spot In North America,” TripAdvisor Tripski Index
2013 “10Best Readers' Choice,” nominees for Best Ski Destination, USA TODAY Travel Media Group
2013 “America’s Best Bike Shops,” Mountain Bike Specialists, Bicycle Retailer and Industry News
2013  “Top 18 Spots for Fall Color,” Sunset Magazine
2013  “Downtown Colorado Inc. and Governor’s Awards for Downtown Excellence,” the City of Durango, Best Public Space Facility Award for the Durango Welcome Center
2013  “AAA Inspectors' Favorite Historic Hotels,” Strater Hotel, AAA Three Diamond Classic Historic Hotel
2013  “The Best Towns in Colorado for Young Families,” #9 Durango, Nerdwallet.com
2013  “5 Beautiful Places Every American Should Visit,” Today Show
2013  “Top 10 Colorado Getaways:  Durango Mountain Resort,” ResortandLodges.com
2013 “Municipal Leadership for Children and Families in Small and Mid-Sized Cities,” National League of Cities, Innovative Strategies--City of Durango Youth Engagement Program
2013  “Top 10 Emerging Ski Town in North America,” National Geographic
2013  “SASI-ONE Gold Medal Winner:  Destination Management Organization,” Agritourism and Heritage program, Shop America Salutes Innovation
2013  “The New Company Town,” Forbes.com
2013  “Favorite Scenic Railroad,” NTA Courier Gold Winner, Distinguished Dozen
2013  “Best Colorado Ski Town,” Best Big Town, Elevation Outdoors    
2013  “Top 10 Western Towns 2013,” True West Magazine
2013  “Top Value Ski Spot In North America,” TripAdvisor
2012  “Best Places to Spend Christmas,” Travel + Leisure
2012  “Best Holiday Destinations for Singles in the USA,” Tripify
2012  “Top Christmas Town,” HGTV
2012  “National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in the Field of Park and Recreation Management,” American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration
2012  “ Equitrekking Top 20 Ranch,” Wilderness Trails Ranch, Equitrekking Vacation Guide
2012  “Top 10 North American Train Trips,” #1 Peak Experience, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, National Geographic
2012  “Top 11 Colorado Tasting Rooms:  Ska Brewing Co,” Denver Post  
2012   Nominated for “Prettiest Painted Place in America,” Paint Quality Institute
2012   Finalist: “The Best River Town in American,” Outside  
2012  “Top ten 'micropolitan' area in U.S.” Policom
2012  “Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community,” League of American Bicyclists
2012  “Ten All−American Road Trips off the Beaten Path,” Yahoo.com
2012  “BeerCity USA,” Examiner.com, Finalist City
2012 “The 20 Best Small Towns in America,” Smithsonian.com
2012  “Best New Adventure Hub: Runner -up,” Outside
2012  “Dream Town: Durango,” Skiingmag.com
2012  “Best of the West, Best Historic Hotel,” True West Magazine, General Palmer
2012  “Top 10 US Travel Destinations for 2012,” Lonely Planet
2012  “Distinctive Dozen,” NTA Courier, Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Gold Medal
2012  “Ten Great Races in Amazing Places,” National Geographic, Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
2011  “Retire Here Not There: Four less-known havens for living the Rocky Mountain high life,” SmartMoney
2011 "Top Ten Western Towns,” True West Magazine
2011 “Top 200 Towns,” Outdoor Life
2011 “Best Places to Live,” Men’s Journal
2011 “Top 'micropolitan' area in U.S.” Policom
2011   “Award of Merit,” American Association for State and Local History, La Plata County Historical Society
2011  “Life is Better Here,” Outside, Finest places you’d ever like to call home
2011  “An international foodie's annual list of the year's best (and worst) food,” Denver Post, Ore House
2010 “Town to Watch,” True West Magazine
2010 “The Top 20 Ski Resorts in America,” Aroundme.com
2010 “Top Ten Ski Resorts to Down a Local Beer,” Away.com
2010 “Governor’s Award,”
2010 “Top Small Town for Meetings & Events,” Meetings & Events
2010 “Green Power Community” – Environmental Protection Agency
2009 “Top 20 Romantic Getaways,” Sunset Magazine
2009 “America’s 200 best Hunting and Fishing Towns,” Outdoor Life
2009 "The West's 20 Best Small Towns,” Sunset Magazine
2009 “Top Ten Train Rides,” Society of American Travel Writers
2009 “Best Places to Live in Rural America,” Progressive Farmer
2009 “Top 10 Places to Raise an Outdoor Child,” Backpacker Magazine, CBS news
2008 "Top Ten Western Towns,” True West Magazine
2008 "7 Great Mountains to Ski with Your Kids,” Ski Magazine
2008  "Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation,” Colorado Historical Society
2008 "Silver Level Bicycle Friendly Community,” The League of American Bicyclists
2008 "Colorful Colorado Award,” Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence
2008 "Top 10 Christmas Towns,”HGTV
2008 "Top 20 Resort,” Conde Nast Traveler
2007 "America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations,” National Trust for Historic Preservation
2007 "Next Best Places to Ski, Live, Invest and Retire,” Ski Magazine