About Best of the Road
Rand McNally, Good Sam and Geocaching want to put you on the map! Our search for the Best Small Towns in America in 2013 has begun.
Rand McNally kicked off the inaugural search for the Best Small Towns in America in the summer of 2011, sending five teams of two from New York to LA to take photos and videos, write blogs, meet locals, and share their stories with you. Their moving videos, eloquent reviews, and breathtaking photos captured the distinct spirit of each community that took them in for a few days. In 2012, Travel Channel came along for the ride and produced a 1-hour TV special highlighting the program.
This year, we're going all-digital with our search. Here's what you need to know:
Who: Towns in America with populations under 150,000
What: "Best of the Road 2013" - a competition to be named the 2013 Best Small Towns in America. Towns are eligible to win in one of six categories: Most Beautiful, Most Fun, Most Patriotic, Friendliest, and Best Food, plus a new category this year – Best for Geocaching!.
When: Voting begins on July 1, 2013 and will end on September, 3rd, 2013. Winners will be announced by mid–October.
Where: All the action takes place at bestoftheroad.com
How: Vote early and vote often! Users may vote for a town every 24 hours in any category. Upload reviews and photos to help others (and the judges!) see your favorite town through your eyes. Also, encourage your friends, family and neighbors to vote to get their favorite towns on the map. Rally the troops – your fellow citizens, elected officials, visitor centers, and social networks – encourage them to let us know why your pick should be on the map.
After voting, our panel of judges will name 30 finalist towns (5 in each category) in mid–September. If your town is selected as one of the finalists in a category, go all–out to impress our panel of judges. Send us a video or take us on a pictorial tour. Demonstrate why your town is the Most Fun, Most Patriotic, Most Beautiful, Best for Food, Friendliest or Best for Geocaching!
Finalist towns will be judged based on a number of criteria including:
- The number of votes received on bestoftheroad.com
- Overall fit and suitability of the town in the selected category
- The town’s social participation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
- Video tour or photo tour plus written submissions by the 30 finalist towns
For more information, read the Official Rules.
Winning towns will be announced on October 7th, and will receive a feature in the 2015 Rand McNally Road Atlas and a FREE custom iPhone app and online travel guide promoting your town as a top destination! Plus, the winning Best for Geocaching town will receive a FREE GeoTour, courtesy of Geocaching.com.
Don’t forget—visit bestoftheroad.com to vote between July 1st, 2013 and September 3, 2013. Finalists will be announced in mid-September and a judging phase will occur until October 7th, when the 5 winners will be announced!