Update on USA Today/Rand McNally’s Best of the Road Most Patriotic City Contest

USA Today TravelClarksville Tennessee ended up with the most votes, 650 to be exact. Now we need to be prepared to dazzle the Road Team that will visit our city with out any advance notice. We need to show our patriotism.

Five teams, selected by Rand McNally and USA TODAY, will depart New York City on June 23rd for a three-week, cross-country rally — to the top 20 towns nominated in the five categories, as well as points of interest along the way — before winding up in Los Angeles on July 15th.

Each team will visit the four towns in their assigned category, while fans follow their progress through videos, photos and updates on www.bestoftheroad.com, travel.usatoday.com, Facebook and Twitter (@bestoftheroad and #bestoftheroad). The winning towns will be announced on July 22nd. You can read more on this here.

The top entrants will land a permanent spot on Rand McNally’s new travel site and a place in the 2013 Rand McNally Road Atlas, as well as on USA TODAY’s Travel site.

Here is what you can do to help

All patriotic displays should stay up through the end of July

  • If you own or run a business, you can decorate the exterior of your business in something red, white, and blue.
  • Post a Patriotic message on your business sign or marquee
  • Hang an American Flag at your home and or business
  • Use window paint to paint a Patriotic message on your car window
  • Wear and American Flag pin