Scenic view from a golf course in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Scenic view from a golf course in Lake Geneva, Wis. (Grand Geneva Resort)

Trustworthy Towns

The 2009 list of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations from the National Trust for Historic Preservation (PreservationNation.org/travel-and-sites/travel/dozen-distinctive-destinations):

1. Athens, Ga.

2. Bristol, R.I.

3. Buffalo

4. Ft. Worth

5. Franklin, Tenn.

6. Hot Springs, S.D.

7. Lake Geneva, Wis.

8. Lititz, Pa.

9. Santa Barbara, Calif.

10. Santa Fe

11. Saugatuck-Douglas, Mich.

12. Virginia City, Nev.