Ends on February 28, 2018

$400.00 USD

Sunset, founded by the Southern Pacific Railroad to promote travel in the West, introduced the Sunset Travel Awards to honor excellence and innovation in the travel industry across the western United States, Mexico, and Canada. The awards recognize achievement in lodging, destination towns, travel gear, and other categories.

With that, we are pleased to open up official nominations for our 2018 awards. Nominees will be vetted and voted on by Sunset’s esteemed editors, who have been authorities on Western travel since the magazine’s inception in 1898. Our passionate readers will also have a chance to take part in a very special Reader’s Choice vote. All winners will be featured in the August 2018 issue’s cover story. For more information, please see our full contest rules.

Nomination Period

Nominations will only be accepted online through the official Sunset Travel Awards 2018 application below beginning January 11, 2018 and ending 11:59 p.m. PDT February 28, 2018. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accept late entries. 


Believe it or not, we pour over each and every application—several times in fact—and spend hundreds of hours voting to come up with the very best list of winners possible. So we ask for a $400 application fee per item, for each category entered into. However, early birds can submit for a discounted rate of $300 before 11:59 p.m. PDT January 31, 2018. And, yes! You’ll want to have a credit card handy—we will not accept cash or check payments. Application fees will not be refunded under any circumstance, including voluntary withdrawal from the competition.


Tourist Activities

Enter this category for tourist attractions, guided activities, parks, and special events that take place on a regular basis and that out-of-town visitors would make an entire trip for.


Enter this category for hotels, lodges, boutique inns, resorts, vacation rentals, B&Bs, retreat centers, glampgrounds, campgrounds, and cruises.

Destination Towns

Enter this category for major cities, suburbs, neighborhoods, enclaves, and larger regions in the western states that cater to travelers.

Food + Wine

Enter this category for hotel restaurants, bars, and dining services; culinary tours and trails; restaurants and dishes that specifically cater to travellers (such as those you’d find in an airport); culinary guides; and souvenir snacks.

Travel Gear

Enter this category for luggage, vacation clothes, packable toiletries, camping gear, tech, and any items built to help travelers get out and explore. 


Please note that Sunset focuses exclusively on the 13 western states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming), plus Mexico and Canada. Entries for Destination Towns or businesses operating outside these regions will not be eligible. For the Travel Gear category, products must be available to purchase by the public in the 13 U.S. western states in August 2018.

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