We’ve been watching the competition unfold over the last few months, voting and pulling for Bardstown to win the Rand McNally/USA TODAY Best of the Road contest. Our votes and yours have made that dream a reality for our region when the winners were announced yesterday in Seattle, Washington.
This nationwide contest originated with 650 towns nominated in the categories of: Most Beautiful, Friendliest, Most Fun, Most Patriotic, and the town that has the Best Food. (On a side note, Murray, Kentucky was voted Most Friendliest Small Town, so kudos to Murray on their victory! Danville, Kentucky was a finalist in the Most Beautiful category as well.)
Dawn Ballard Przystal, vice president, tourism expansion and marketing of the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Convention Commission, stated in a press release: “Being selected as Most Beautiful Small Town in America is a tremendous honor and the exposure we receive will be a wonderful boost to our marketing efforts. We really appreciate Nikki and Dusty, who did such a wonderful job portraying to the judges the beauty of Bardstown.”
In late June, Nikki and Dusty visited Bardstown and were welcomed with a parade and special gathering on Courthouse Square. They toured a number of Bardstown attractions, saw its beautiful architecture and downtown buildings, and visited two select distilleries. See the videos from their trip on our blog.
The Travel Channel will air a special program on Wednesday, July 25 at 8PM featuring the Best of the Road teams and the videos filmed during visits to each of the finalist towns.
Congratulations to Bardstown, Murray, and Danville for their recognition in this national competition!