WALLA WALLA -- The Wynns have won.
The road warrior couple who recently visited Walla Walla in a cross-country journey to find America's friendliest town has been named the winning team in Rand McNally and USA Today's "Best of the Road" competition.
Jason and Nikki Wynn were selected as the winners of the road rally for their coverage of their three-week trek to six cities. Their coverage, including videos, blog entries, photos, Twitter feeds and Facebook updates on their "Gone With the Wynns" page, so impressed the judges they were named best of the five teams that competed.
After ending their trip in Los Angeles on July 15, the couple apparently drove away with a $10,000 check and a SAAB 9-4X as their prize in the nationwide competition.
"Thank you to all the teams!" a Facebook post on Gone With they Wynns exclaimed on Friday. "I know we have made friends for life! We have had such an amazing time and can't wait to continue the journey with you all!"
Whether Walla Walla was also on top remains to be seen. Winning communities in each of the contest's categories will be named Thursday during the Destination Marketing Association International annual conference in New Orleans.
The announcement circulated via Facebook and through the Best of the Road website. The Wynns were one of five teams selected to travel the country to find some of the best small towns in America. The destination communities were determined through online voting in numerous categories, including most patriotic, most beautiful and friendliest.
Each team had three weeks to visit six finalist cities in a designated category so they could judge for themselves which is the best in its class.
The top towns in their categories and points of interest will be recognized on the Best of the Road website, written about in USA Today and featured in the 2013 Rand McNally Road Atlas.