Lonely Planet Best in US 2018 Competition

Here are the terms and conditions which will apply to your entry. Please read them carefully as they contain important information you need to know!

Lonely Planet Publications Inc. of 124 Linden Street, Oakland, California, 94607, United States of America (“Lonely Planet”) is the promotor. Our friends over at Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau of 322 1st Street, Eureka, CA 95501, Save the Redwoods League of 111 Sutter Street, 11th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 and Parks Project of 4223, Glengoe Ave A101 Marina Del Rey, CA 90292 are the promotional partner

You can enter between on February 6, 2018, 6:00am CST (“Opening Date”) AND March 27, 2018, 11:59pm CST (“Closing Date”).

This competition is open to entrants aged 18 or over, except if you (or your immediate family or housemates) are employees or contractors of Lonely Planet, its promotional partners, or subsidiaries or parent or affiliated companies. The laws in some places don’t allow Lonely Planet to run this promotion, so the competition and these terms and conditions are void in those places.

Information about the prizes and how to enter form part of these conditions of entry.

Any notifications and changes to these terms and conditions will be published on the competition entry page, here: www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-us#competition, so you should check this page regularly.

These terms are governed by the laws of the state of Tennessee, USA.

This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Lonely Planet and not to Facebook, and you completely release Facebook from any claims in relation to this competition. You must comply with all applicable laws and regulations including the Twitter Rules. Anyone found to use multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible to win. Multiple entries in a single day will not be accepted. This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. You understand that you are providing your information to Lonely Planet and not to Instagram, and you completely release Instagram from any claims in relation to this competition.

How to enter and prize details

To enter, go to the landing page at www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-us and click on the ‘Enter to Win’ button, complete the entry form and tell us in 25 words or less why you would like to visit “the giants” of California’s Redwood Coast. You don’t have to buy anything to enter. By entering, you agree that all of your entry is your own work.

You can only enter once ‑ we’ll make confetti out of any extra entries you submit. Your entry is received at the time Lonely Planet receives it. Incomplete and invalid entries will not be accepted. If your entry gets lost in cyberspace or doesn’t arrive for any other reason, that’s not Lonely Planet’s fault.

One (1) first prize winner will receive: ‘a trip for two’ to California’s Redwood Coast, including:


  1. $1,000.00 USD towards roundtrip airfares to/from San Francisco International Airport, provided by Lonely Planet;
  2. $500.00 towards roundtrip airfares from San Francisco International Airport to Arcata-Eureka Airport, provided by Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau;
  3. up to $300.00 USD car rental during your stay, provided by Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau;
  4. Four (4) nights’ accommodation at the Carter House Inn, provided by Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau (approximate RRP $1,200.00 USD);
  5. The following activities, for two (2) people, provided by Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau:
  • Naturalist Tour Package of Redwood National and State Parks, including Fern Canyon, Elk Viewing and/or Secret Tall Trees Trek depending upon park conditions and interest, elkmeadowcabins.com/tours-redwood-adventures-guided-eco-tour/ (approximate RRP $300.00 USD);
  • Oyster Harvesting Tour, www.humboldtbayoystertours.com (approximate RRP $150.00 USD);
  • Kayaking tour of Stone Lagoon, https://www.kayakzak.com (approximate RRP $90.00 USD); and
  • Dinner at the Lost Coast Brewing Company, http://www.lostcoast.com/restaurant (approximate RRP $100.00 USD).
  1. Two (2) gift bundles, provided by Parks Projects, each gift bundle contains: one (1) ‘Save the Redwood’ T-shirt; one (1) ‘Parks are for lovers’ enamel mug; one (1) ‘Parks shortcut’ hat; and one (1) ‘Leave it better than you found it’ pin (approximate RRP $196.00 USD);
  2. One (1) Poppy Passes provided by Save the Redwoods, https://store.parks.ca.gov/park-passes/golden-poppy-annual-day-use-pass/ (approximate RRP $125.00 USD); AND
  3. One (1) copy of Northern California travel guide, 2nd, Lonely Planet, 2015, provided by Lonely Planet (approximate RRP $19.99 USD).

The winner and guest must share the same travel itinerary. The flights and accommodation must be taken in one trip, and both require 30 days advance booking subject to availability. All travel must be booked and reserved by December 20th, 2018. Travel is not permitted on the following black-out dates: May 11-13 and weekends in June/July and all days in August.

Total prize value is approximately $3,980.99 USD. These prize values are accurate at the start of the competition.

How is the winner chosen?

Rather than consulting tea leaves, the winner will be selected: by a panel of 2 judges who will review all eligible entries and, from a shortlist of 5 entries, decide the best overall winner.

The task of selecting the winner(s) will happen in a small, dark room at 124 Linden St, Oakland, CA 94607, on March 29th, 2018. No correspondence will be entered into, even if you think that sucks.

We’ll give the winner(s) the good news by email and their name(s) will be published on the Lonely Planet website within 2 days after selection. If you’re riddled with curiosity, send an email to social@lonelyplanet.com (including the name of the promotion) within 3 months of the Closing Date, and we’ll respond and tell you who won.

Lonely Planet will do its best to find the winner. But if we can’t, or if the winner hasn’t accepted the prize by 1 month after selection, the next best entry will be declared winner. Where there is a compelling technical or administrative reason out of Lonely Planet’s control, the winner(s) will be selected from all eligible entries received at that time.

If you do win

We may ask you to provide proof of identity, residency and age, so that we are sure you are who you say you are, and are eligible to receive the prize.

You can’t exchange the prize for cash, or ask us to give it to someone else (not that you’d want to!). We will use reasonable efforts to award the prize as described but if due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to do that, we’ll substitute it for another prize of comparable value.

You’ll be responsible for all taxes, insurance, meals and any other expenses, fees and costs connected with that prize that are not included in the prize description. Winners are required to complete and submit a W-9 form to Lonely Planet prior to delivery of a prize.

If, in order to take the prize, you’re lucky enough to need a valid passport and/or other necessary travel documentation and visas, you’ll need to sort those out for yourself.

You are responsible for your use of the prize, including complying with any applicable terms and conditions of use. Of course, if you win a prize, you’ll be good and comply with all relevant laws, rules and regulations. Lonely Planet reserves the right to disqualify any entrant who has engaged in unlawful or improper conduct.

You agree that if you have a dispute with Lonely Planet in relation to this sweepstake or any prize awarded: (1) it will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (2) any claim will be limited to an action at law for damages and you will not be permitted to obtain attorneys’ fees or other legal costs; and (3) you waive all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and your right to claim indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages.

The nature of the prize may be such that it poses health or safety risks, or risks normally associated with travel to you (and if applicable, to your guest). You should consider any health, safety and travel risks and take appropriate precautions (including arrange insurances) to guard against those risks. Lonely Planet is not responsible for use of the prize which results in:

  1. loss that was not reasonably foreseeable;
  2. loss that was not caused by our breach of this deed or by our negligence;
  3. business losses (such as lost data, lost profits or business interruptions) or loss suffered by non-consumers;
  4. losses caused by factors which could reasonably be considered to be outside our control (such as faults in third party equipment, or delayed or cancelled flights); and
  5. any loss caused, or contributed to, by your breach of conditions of entry or your negligence.

What happens to my entry?

You give Lonely Planet a worldwide, irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish, adapt, communicate and broadcast all or part of it in any form and media, in relation to the Best in the US 2018 California’s Redwood Coast competition. You also consent to us editing, re-using, storing, reproducing and communicating your entry in any medium. We will, to the extent practicable, attribute you as the author.

Lonely Planet and its promotional partners will only use the personal information contained in your entry to conduct the promotion and award the prize (but if you’ve told Lonely Planet that you want to receive stuff from us and/or our promotional partners, we’ll use your personal information for that too). If you win a prize, Lonely Planet can use your name and photograph for future marketing purposes unless you tell us not to.

We will keep your personal information in accordance with Lonely Planet’s privacy policy at http://www.lonelyplanet.com/legal/privacy-policy, Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau https://www.visitredwoods.com/privacy-policy/, Parks Project https://www.parksproject.us/pages/legal, Save the Redwoods League https://www.savetheredwoods.org/privacy-policy/.