10Best.com Announces Winners of 10Besties Readers’ Choice Travel Awards

Press Releases — By mollydrake on February 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

Inaugural Awards Program Honors Top Destinations in 10 Travel Categories

February 27, 2012 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Travel recommendation site 10Best.com today announced the winners of its inaugural 10Besties Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. Voting in the 10Besties began in late January with 20 nominees in each of 10 categories ranging from Best Beaches and Best Foodie Destinations, to Best Ski Resorts and Best Museums. 10Best’s readers were asked to vote for their favorite locations in each category.

“We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our inaugural 10Besties program from such a diverse group of nominees,” said Josh Steinitz, CEO of 10Best.com’s parent company Nile Media.  “We were blown away by the massive volume of votes we received from our readers, and are excited to grow this program annually as we move forward. These awards will help and inspire our users when they look to plan their next trips.”

In keeping with the site’s focus, 10Best.com has announced the 10 winners in each of its travel award categories as determined by its more than one million readers. Below are the #1 picks in each category, followed by the full lists of winners.

  1. Best Beaches: #1 – Outer Banks, NC
  2. Best Ski Resorts: #1 – Aspen Mountain, Aspen, CO
  3. Best Theme Parks: #1 – Silver Dollar City, Branson, MO
  4. Best Spring Break Destinations: #1 – Myrtle Beach, SC
  5. Best Foodie Destinations: #1 – Chicago, IL
  6. Best Museums: #1 – Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.
  7. Best Active Destinations: #1 – Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
  8. Best Beach Resorts/Hotels: #1 – Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, HI
  9. Best Zoos: #1 – Columbus Zoo, Columbus, OH
  10. Best Aquariums: #1 – Newport Aquarium, near Cincinnati, OH

Top 10 winners in each of 10Best.com’s 10 travel award categories:

10 Best Beaches:
1. Outer Banks, NC
2. Hilton Head Island, SC
3. Myrtle Beach, SC
4. Sanibel Island, FL
5. Panama City Beach, FL
6. Maui, HI
7. Virginia Beach, VA
8. Kauai, HI
9. Siesta Key, FL
10. Coronado Beach, CA

10 Best Ski Resorts:
1. Aspen
2. Breckenridge
3. Vail
4. Telluride
5. Jackson Hole
6. Park City
7. Steamboat
8. Keystone
9. Whistler Blackcomb
10. Wolf Creek

10 Best Theme Parks:
1. Silver Dollar City
2. Cedar Point
3. Walt Disney World
4. King’s Island
5. Dollywood
6. Busch Gardens Williamsburg
7. Disneyland & California Adventure
8. Universal Studios Hollywood
9. Carowinds
10. Busch Gardens Tampa

10 Best Spring Break Destinations:
1. Myrtle Beach, SC
2. Key West, FL
3. Cancun, Mexico
4. Galveston, TX
5. Orlando, FL
6. Las Vegas, NV
7. Chicago, IL
8. Panama City Beach, FL
9. South Padre Island, TX
10. New Orleans, LA

10 Best Foodie Destinations:
1. Chicago, IL
2. New Orleans, LA
3. New York, NY
4. Las Vegas, NV
5. San Francisco, CA
6. Charleston, SC
7. Boston, MA
8. Memphis, TN
9. Washington, D.C.
10. Atlanta, GA

10 Best Museums:
1. Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, D.C.
2. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
3. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, D.C.
4. Henry Ford Museum, Detroit
5. Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
6. Art Institute of Chicago
7. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
8. American Museum of Natural History, New York
9. California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
10. National Gallery of Art, D.C.

10 Best Active Destinations:
1. Grand Canyon National Park
2. Jackson Hole, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park
3. Outer Banks, NC
4. Zion National Park & Bryce Canyon National Park
5. Asheville, NC
6. Yosemite National Park
7. San Francisco Bay Area
8. Glacier National Park
9. Maui, HI
10. Big Island, HI

10 Best Beach Resorts/Hotels:
1. Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, HI
2. Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater, FL
3. Kahala Hotel & Resort, Waikiki, HI
4. St. Regis Princeville, Kauai, HI
5. Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, CA
6. The Breakers, Palm Beach, FL
7. Ritz-Carlton, Naples, FL
8. The Sanctuary at Kiawah Golf Resort, SC
9. Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, FL
10. Castle Hill Inn, Newport, RI

10 Best Zoos:
1. Columbus Zoo
2. Cincinnati Zoo
3. Oklahoma City Zoo
4. St. Louis Zoo
5. Phoenix Zoo
6. San Diego Zoo
7. Toledo Zoo
8. San Diego Zoo Safari Park
9. Disney’s Animal Kingdom
10. Brookfield Zoo

10 Best Aquariums:
1. Newport Aquarium, Cincinnati
2. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago
3. Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta
4. Monterey Bay Aquarium
5. National Aquarium, Baltimore
6. Moody Gardens, Galveston
7. Oregon Coast Aquarium
8. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
9. Discovery Cove, Orlando
10. South Carolina Aquarium

About 10Best
10best.com makes trip planning easy with engaging travel recommendations and practical “Top 10” lists of great restaurants, fun things to do, places to stay and important sites to visit around the world.   These lists are fastidiously compiled and curated by 10Best’s own team of expert travel editors from around the world.

About Nile Media
Nile Media is a unique collection of industry-leading travel sites (10Best.com, NileGuide.com and Localyte.com) that provide sophisticated, modern travelers with everything they need to plan their next trip. From exceptional articles and ‘must see’ lists written by our local editors to a proprietary ‘ask a local’ Q & A platform, the Nile Media collection has it all. Nile Media is based in San Francisco.

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Molly Drake, Marketing Manager
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molly@nileguide.com

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