Distinctive Destinations Application Overview

Since 2005, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has been marketing a diverse network of historic places to our over 750,0000 members and supporters across the nation. This group of sites - our National Trust Distinctive Destinations - help to increase awareness of the varied historic interpretations that tell the American story. 

The goal of Distinctive Destinations is to increase visitation among historic sites while at the same time increase the opportunities available to National Trust members. By becoming part of this national network, your historic site gains exposure about new audiences and alignment with the leader in the national preservation movement. 

As part of this FREE program, the National Trust agrees to provide:

- Distinctive Destinations card or print materials as necessary.
- Program logo and usage guidelines.
- Promotional language for use across channels.
- Site name, photo, and link in Distinctive Destinations online directory.
- Online ads promoting program on PreservationNation.org.
- Periodic site features in National Trust communications as appropriate.  

Participating Distinctive Destination agrees to:

- Provide free or discounted admission to National Trust members. Must be at least 10% off regular admission and/or gift shop purchases.
- Display Distinctive Destinations card or print materials to visitors.
- Indicate program affiliation via program logo on website.
- Promote member discount via promotional language on website. 

By submitting this application your site agrees to all items listed in the application and the program Terms and Conditions.

Please have all your information ready before beginning the application.

Part 1 of the application asks for contact information for the staff member at your site who will be responsible for administrative questions pertaining to this program. This will not be made available to the public.  We'll ask for:

  • Organization Name
  • Site Name
  • Site Contact Information, including name, mailing address, contact phone and contact email.

Part 2 of the application asks for the information that will be displayed in our online directory and marketed to our networks. We'll ask for:

  • Public Site Name
  • Physical Address (for GPS)
  • Website address and visitor phone number
  • 100-word Site Description
    Example: Decatur House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Washington DC and one of only three remaining houses in the country designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, the father of American architecture. Completed in 1818 for naval hero Stephen Decatur and his wife, Susan, its distinguished neo-classical architecture and prominent location across from the White House made Decatur House one of the Capital's most desirable addresses and home to many of the nation's most prominent figures (76 words). 
  • 30-word Sentence about the Site
    Example: Over 1,000 years old, Acoma Sky City is the oldest continually inhabited community in the United States, consisting of adobe houses, plazas, and walkways on a 367-foot tall mesa (29 words).
  • Details on the discount you are prepared to offer to National Trust members, such as free or discounted admistion and a gift shop discount.

Finally, Part 3 of the application asks for a high resolution photo for promotion of your site.

  • Photo should be horizontal, at least 600px wide and at least 180dpi.

Begin your application.