Friday, December 13, 2013

Sun Valley makes travel list ‘Top 10’

Lonely Planet says resort area is a must-see in U.S.


     One of the world’s leading travel media companies, Lonely Planet, has placed Sun Valley in the top 10 in its annual list of top U.S. destinations list.

     Coming in at No. 9, Sun Valley was named with destinations including Yosemite National Park, the Central Coast of California and the island of Lana’i, in Hawaii. Sun Valley was recognized for its pristine environment, lack of crowds, robust adventure opportunities and diverse arts scene.

     “Sun Valley is the perfect alternative to Colorado’s ritzy resort areas, especially in summer when costs and visitor numbers are smaller,” wrote Emily Wolman, Lonely Planet’s editor-at-large. “Camping, hiking, mountain biking, fly fishing, cultural events and great food abound. In winter, world-class skiing can be had at the first purpose-built ski resort in the U.S., and you can ride the lifts with swanky Hollywoodsters in a refined and pretty place, sans fast-food joints and condo sprawl. Also absent: crowds and lift lines!

     “The stunning location is as impressive as the snow. Sun Valley retains its authenticity and rustic beauty despite the seasonal deluges.”

     The Top U.S. Destinations list was compiled by a collection of expert authors who cover the United States, as well as Lonely Planet’s staff. is one of the most visited travel media websites in the world, with 14 million visitors last month and more than 1 million followers on Facebook and Twitter. 

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     The Sun Valley region has been recognized repeatedly in the national media in recent months. SKI magazine listed Sun Valley No. 4 in its annual ranking of North American ski resorts, USA Today listed Sun Valley in its top 10 of North American ski destinations, and Sun Valley made it into the top 8 of the highly contested Powder magazine Ski Town Throwdown, a social-media contest that pitted all of the major mountain resorts in North America against each other.

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