The Wyoming Territorial Prison in West Laramie has been awarded the TripAdvisor 2014 Certificate of Excellence Award.

This award honors those who consistently impress travelers.The Certificate of Excellence Award is determined by traveler reviews and ratings on TripAdvisor.com, showing that those who visit consistently give a high ranking for the site.

This is the first year that the Wyoming Territorial Prison has received the honor.

“Receiving the 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award humbles and inspires us at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site,” says Wyoming Territorial Prison Site Superintendent Deborah Amend. “This is an award that was not achieved alone. It takes multiple individuals to create a national destination site, a premier regional historic site, and a site that is an integral part of the community. We are very honored to receive this award.”

She adds that this is a great opportunity for those who live near destinations to leave reviews for those places right in their backyards. While many do not think to leave reviews on TripAdvisor when they are not travelling, it is something that can help local venues win such awards.

According to TripAdvisor.com, a number of factors are considered when determining who wins the award. This includes review ratings, overall rating, number of reviews, when reviews were written and the property’s popularity ranking.

The Territorial Prison is one of four Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails venues to achieve the honor.

“We greatly appreciate that the public has shared the great experiences they have had in our unique and spectacular parks and sites,” State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails Administrator Domenic Bravo said. “There is nothing more satisfying than knowing our visitors have left inspired, refreshed and rejuvenated.”

Award winners must maintain a rating of at least four out of five stars, be listed on the website for at least one year, and have a minimum number of reviews to receive the award.

The other sites to win the award are Hot Springs State Park, Sinks Canyon State Park and Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site.