For the second year in a row, Santa Claus is a finalist in the 2012 Best of the Road Rally sponsored by USA Today and Rand McNally. The town will compete with six other destinations in the category for “Most Fun” small town in America. Santa Claus, Indiana was chosen from more than 650 competing destinations.Five teams of amateur travelers will journey from Washington, D.C. to Seattle, Washington, June 15 through July 15. Each team will visit six towns in an assigned category: most beautiful, most patriotic, friendliest, most fun, and best food, as well as points of interest en route.

The teams will post blogs, reviews, videos, and photos from towns in each of their respective
categories and the towns will be highlighted on the Rand McNally website and in the 2014 Rand McNally Road Atlas, as well as on USA Today’s Travel site.

Towns will be judged by a panel of travel experts and Road Rally participants in regard to the number and nature of reviews posted on their website, the town’s social participation on Facebook and Twitter, and the reports filed by traveling teams. Winning towns will be announced on July 16.


“It’s an honor for the town to be a finalist again in the Best of the Road Rally,” says
Melissa Brockman, executive director of the Spencer County Visitors Bureau. “Santa Claus, Indiana, is known by many for family fun and is thrilled to be in the running for the title of ‘Most Fun’ small town in America.”

As we all know, Santa Claus is home to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort, and Lincoln’s Indiana Boyhood Home with national and state parks.