After taking 2020 off due to the pandemic, our annual celebration of the best places to go and things to do in the West is returning.

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I don’t need to tell you how hard last year was for everyone in the travel industry—and that includes us at Sunset. In “normal” years, we crisscross the West, covering all corners in search of that charming new hotel or relaxing resort, the winery with a vista to match its bottlings, the must-visit restaurants, shops, parks, and botanical gardens, and more that we know will delight our readers. But last year we were grounded just like everyone else and our annual Travel Awards were put on hold.

Today I’m thrilled to announce that the Sunset Travel awards are back! With the return to travel in full swing after more than a year of hardship and stress, we’re more excited than ever to celebrate the very best destinations, hotels, restaurants, wineries, activities, and more all across the West. 

Sunset’s editors, along with a travel advisory board made up of trusted experts and writers in the field, will judge the entries, and the lucky winners will be honored in our December print issue, on social media, and in a robust online package. And for the first time in the history of the awards, we’ll be including every entrant in a dedicated online travel directory. We hope you’ll submit and be a part of this year’s awards!

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Entry has begun as of Monday, June 14, and the submission window will remain open through Friday, July 16. To enter, just click the button below or go to

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