Vote for Glenwood Springs: Colorado Town and its Attractions Nominated in Two Contests

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Glenwood Springs has been nominated again in Rand McNally’s Best of the Road competition, and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and the Historic Fairy Caves are in the running for VirtualTourist’s 8th Wonder of the World contest. People can cast votes in both contests daily, until Sept. 3 for Best of the Road and Sept. 30 for VirtualTourist.

Vote for Glenwood Springs daily until Sept 3, in Best of the Road's Most Fun Small Town category, a title the town won in 2011 and is vying for again in 2013.

I believe Glenwood Springs is a strong competitor in both contests.

Glenwood Springs is home to some of Colorado’s top attractions, including Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Hanging Lake. Though the town and its attractions – including the Historic Fairy Caves at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park – have been welcoming visitors for well over a century, mapmaker Rand McNally officially put the town on the map in 2011 when it named Glenwood Springs America’s Most Fun Town. Now, just two years later, Glenwood Springs has once again been nominated in the 2013 Best of the Road competition. Also representing Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and the Historic Fairy Caves have been nominated as a contender in the search for the “8th Wonder of the World,” a contest sponsored by VirtualTourist, a leading travel research website and community that is part of TripAdvisor Media Group.

“I believe Glenwood Springs is a strong competitor in both contests,” said Lisa Langer, vice president of tourism marketing for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association. “Whether it’s on the earth, in the air or on the water, Glenwood Springs is all about having fun outdoors, and our authentic natural wonders – including those at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Historic Fairy Caves – are a big part of that legacy.”

Public voting is open in both contests and people are encouraged to vote early and often, as frequently as every 24 hours. Vote for Glenwood Springs in the Best of the Road contest at bestoftheroad.com through Sept. 3, and vote for Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Historic Fairy Caves for 8th Wonder of the World at http://www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder until Sept. 30.

Best of the Road
Best of the Road 2013 is a competition to name the best small town in America in six categories: most beautiful, most fun, most patriotic, friendliest, best food and best for geocaching. In 2011, the competition was fierce with Glenwood Springs originally one of more than 600 nominees. These were eventually whittled down to 30 finalists, six in each of the five categories that year. Thanks to a huge turnout of voters, Glenwood Springs was named a finalist in the Most Fun category, after which a two-judge team selected the town as the category winner. This year, 844 towns across the country are vying for the top title in each of the six categories, as Glenwood Springs chases the title of Most Fun once again.

As a long-time adventure destination and a previous Best of the Road winner, Glenwood Springs knows a thing or two about having fun, which is likely why the town was nominated again. Visitors can soak in the world’s largest hot springs pool, ride the highest roller coaster in the country, climb to a lake suspended on the edge of a canyon, hike to gunslinger Doc Holliday’s memorial, fly fish in gold-medal waters, take a natural steam bath in an underground cave, raft not one, but two rivers, ski some of the longest and steepest runs in the state and stay in the same hotel as President Teddy Roosevelt once did. Fun stuff, indeed!

8th Wonder of the World
The Fairy Caves, as they were originally called, were marketed as the eighth wonder of the world as long ago as 1897. It seems fitting that, over a century later, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Historic Fairy Caves are participating in a contest that crowns the winner with that title. Home to the largest show cave and the most highly decorated cave room in Colorado, the formations in Glenwood Caverns and the Historic Fairy Caves were formed when the mineral-rich water from the mineral hot springs and fresh water from the Colorado River combined, leaving behind vast rooms and a labyrinth of underground tunnels when the waters receded.

In May, the adventure park débuted a newly expanded Historic Fairy Caves Tour, offering visitors a chance to view sections of cave and pristine formations that had never been open to the public. The caves’ unique appeal is enhanced by their location on top of Iron Mountain, which is accessed via gondola, as well as the tunnel leading to a balcony at Exclamation Point with panoramic views of Glenwood Canyon and Glenwood Springs.

In addition to being named 8th Wonder of the World, VirtualTourist’s winner will be featured in a nationally broadcast TV segment on a popular syndicated program, and will receive a massive media relations campaign push from VirtualTourist. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and Historic Fairy Caves are among over 300 destinations worldwide competing for the title.

About Glenwood Springs
Glenwood Springs is located between Aspen and Vail, 165 miles west of Denver and 90 miles east of Grand Junction on I-70 off Exit 116. Glenwood Springs is home to many attractions and amenities, including Hanging Lake, Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, Glenwood Hot Springs, Yampah Vapor Caves and Sunlight Mountain Resort. For more information about Glenwood Springs, Colorado, call 970-945-6589 or go to http://www.visitglenwood.com/. For lodging reservations, call 888-4-GLENWOOD (888-445-3696). A complete press kit, press releases and downloadable photos are available at http://www.visitglenwood.com/media

Media Contacts:
Lisa Langer, Vice President of Tourism Marketing
Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association
970-230-9035
lisa (at) glenwoodchamber (dot) com
or
Vicky Nash, Public Relations Representative
Resort Trends, Inc. – media communications for the travel & tourism industry
970-948-4923
Vicky (at) resorttrends (dot) com

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