The Sunset Travel Awards are open for 2019! Come nominate everything from the best restaurants and hotels to your favorite yoga studios, dog parks, and dive bars.
We are beyond pleased to open up official nominations for our 2019 awards! Nominees will be vetted and voted on by Sunset’s editors, and you, our passionate readers, will also have a chance to take part in a special Reader’s Choice vote. All winners will be featured in the July 2019 issue. For more information, please see our full contest rules.
Nominations will be accepted online through the official Sunset Travel Awards 2019 application below, beginning March 25, 2019, and ending 11:59 p.m. PDT, April 30, 2019. Unfortunately, we cannot accept late entries.
Where to Go
This category is for cities, towns, suburbs, neighborhoods, enclaves, developments, and whole larger regions in the West that cater to travelers.
What to Do
This category is for tourist attractions, guided activities, parks, festivals, and special events that take place on a regular basis and that out-of-town visitors would make an entire trip for.
Where to Stay
This category is for hotels, lodges, boutique inns, resorts, vacation rentals, B&Bs, retreat centers, campgrounds, glampgrounds, and cruises.
What to Eat and Drink
This category is for restaurants, bars, and dining services; wineries, distilleries, breweries, and taprooms; culinary tours and trails; eateries that specifically cater to travelers (such as those you’d find in an airport); and souvenir snacks.
Please note that Sunset focuses exclusively on Western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming), plus Mexico and Canada. Entries for destinations or businesses operating outside these regions will not be eligible.
We ask for a $250 application fee per item, for each category entered into. (Credit cards only, please.) Sadly, we can't offer refunds, even if an entry is voluntarily withdrawn.
At Sunset, we pride ourselves on our knowledge and love of the West. But our experience and our passion are always, always bested by that of you, our readers. Now, for our Reader's Choice Travel Awards, we want to learn what you love most about our region, from dog parks and airlines to ramen and yoga studios. Entries are free, so submit as much as you like, and tell us everything you can about the place—particularly why you love it. We'll then narrow down the nominations and put the top candidates up for you to vote on.
P.S. Remember, we're talking about the Western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming), plus Mexico and Canada.
P.P.S. Please include a URL whenever you can!