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CNN reports that St. Augustine is among the "Top 10" historical destinations in the United States. The top historical destinations were selected by Travel + Leisure magazine as part of CNN's special report on family vacation travel. The report emphasized the increasing popularity of American vacations involving the entire family and the growing desire to visit historic and patriotic destinations.
Travel & Leisure magazine, with a circulation of about one million, selected the historic destinations for the CNN report. In addition to St. Augustine, the Top 10 included: The Grand Canyon; New York; District of Columbia; Pearl Harbor; Alaska; Mount Rushmore; Philadelphia; Boston; and The Alamo.
In making the selections, Travel + Leisure associate editor Heidi Sherman Mitchell called St. Augustine "a living museum." Illustrated with photos supplied by the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, CNN's website mentioned the Old Jail, Oldest Store, Fountain of Youth and Fort Mose. The report, also included photos of the following attractions with descriptions of why visitors should see them.
Bridge of Lions: "Named as one of the most significant bridges in Florida by the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 1997, it was placed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of the nation's 11 most endangered historic structures."
Castillo de San Marcos: "Built from coquina from 1672-1695, it defended the city until the mid-1700s. Both British and Americans used it as a prison."
Oldest House: "St. Augustine is the home of some of the oldest original structures and works in the United States. The Gonzalez-Alvarez House, known as the Oldest House, is one of the country's most studied and best documented houses."
Old St. Augustine Village: It is "an entire block of restored homes and gardens in the historic district. In the village, authentically costumes guides tell the story of St. Augustine and its colorful inhabitants dating back to the 16th century."
The CNN Report may be seen at http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2002/summertrips/.
(Press release provided by St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau)