Huntsville on the list of 'Distinctive Destinations' for 2010

Deborah Storey By Deborah Storey The Huntsville Times
on February 03, 2010 at 9:59 AM
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HUNTSVILLE -- Huntsvillians already like to think of their city as a distinctive place.

Now it's official.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Huntsville one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2010.

The honor recognizes the city "for offering cultural and recreational experiences different from the typical vacation destination," Trust officials said in making the announcement today.

"Huntsville features dynamic neighborhoods, a rich architectural heritage, cultural diversity and a strong commitment to historic preservation and revitalization," according to the preservation group. All that gives the city "an abundance of character and an authentic sense of place."

Sam Frazier, Alabama adviser for the National Trust, will present city and tourism leaders a plaque today at 11 a.m. in an appropriate place: the historic Regions Bank Building on the west side of the Courthouse Square. (The white building with the big Ionic columns is nearly 175 years old.)

Huntsville was selected "for its diligent efforts to protect and share the city's heritage, which ranges from deep Southern roots to space exploration, and for its remarkable leadership in sustainability, serving as a role model for cities across America," the Trust said in a news release.

Huntsville is the first town in Alabama to become a Distinctive Destination.

For more information, see

The Dozen Distinctive Destinations
Cedar Falls, Iowa
St. Louis, Mo.
Marquette, Mich.
Fort Collins, Colo.
Provincetown, Mass.
Simsbury, Conn.
Rockland, Maine
Chestnut Hill, Pa.
Bastrop, Texas
Sitka, Alaska
The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, Va.