WASHINGTON (AP) — Is your hometown or favorite place a distinctive destination?

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is now accepting nominations for its 2009 "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" awards. The organization looks for communities that offer unusual cultural and recreational experiences, along with a commitment to historic preservation. Interesting architecture, cultural diversity, authenticity and vibrant downtowns are also part of the mix sought.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has been bestowing the awards since 2000. To date, there are 108 Distinctive Destinations in 42 states.

Nominations are open to Convention and Visitors Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce across the country. Individuals are encouraged to contact local tourism organizations to suggest that their towns be nominated. There is a $150 nomination fee.

Completed applications, which must include images and letters of support, must be in by Aug. 29,

For more information, visit www.PreservationNation.org/.