Arizona Highways Magazine receives ‘Best of Phoenix’ award

New Times’ Best Travel Magazine in its 90th year of publication

PHOENIX – When Arizona Highways was first published nearly 90 years ago, the magazine contained just 26 black and white pages with advertising. One thousand copies were distributed, and the price per copy was just ten cents.

The publication’s mission was simple: to tell the people of Arizona and other states about the work being done by the Arizona Highway Department (now the Arizona Department of Transportation).

These days, Arizona Highways magazine is an award-winning, world-renowned travel magazine, featuring spectacular photography from every corner of Arizona and articles that lure travelers to our state.

Arizona Highways can now add ‘Best Travel Magazine’ to its list of awards and honors. The magazine was presented recently with a 2014 ‘Best of Phoenix’ award by the Phoenix New Times.

“Our staff is pleased to receive this recognition from readers of the Phoenix New Times,” said the magazine’s publisher, Win Holden.  “The entire creative team at Arizona Highways takes very seriously the responsibility of maintaining the legacy of photographic and editorial excellence which began close to a century ago. It is always gratifying to earn awards and even more gratifying to introduce new generations of readers to the magazine.”  

Arizona Highways has become famous for its breathtaking photography and has featured the work of renowned photographers like Ansel Adams, Jack Dykinga and David Muench, among many others. In the early years of the magazine, much of the photography started out as black and white. A significant national publishing milestone was achieved when, in 1946, Arizona Highways published the first full-color nationally distributed U.S. magazine. That innovation made national headlines at the time.

Today the magazine circulates in all 50 states and in 120 countries. There are 136,000 monthly paid subscriptions and an additional 30,000 copies of the magazine are sold on newsstands. A one-year subscription to Arizona Highways (12 issues) is $24 in the United States.

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