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.
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.
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
Enter this category for hotels, lodges, boutique inns, resorts, vacation rentals, B&Bs, retreat
centers, glampgrounds, campgrounds, and cruises.
Enter this category for major cities, suburbs, neighborhoods, enclaves, and larger regions in the
western states that cater to travelers.
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.
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.