Town of Minturn Public Restrooms – Minturn, Colorado

Where to go when you need ‘to go’? The search for America’s Best Restroom has kicked off, with 10 unusual toilets in restaurants, museums and public spaces being put to a public vote.

Shortlisted loos include a 50ft-tall structure in Perry Lakes Park, Alabama – designed by architecture students at Auburn University Rural Studio – and Charleston Distilling’s whiskey barrel-shaped cubicles.

Perry Lakes Park – Marion, Alabama
Perry Lakes Park – Marion, Alabama

‘The usual response is that people say the restroom is very cool,’ says Charleston Distilling co-owner Stephen Heilman. ‘The restroom is part of a lot of Instagram photos.’

Charleston Distilling
Charleston Distilling – Charleston, South Carolina

Miami’s Cibo Wine Bar, whose faucets hang from the ceiling, and toilets at Strataca, a Kansas salt mine some 650 ft underground, are also vying for the Best Restroom crown.

Cibo Wine Bar – Miami, Florida
Cibo Wine Bar – Miami, Florida

The competition, now in its 14th year, is run by bathroom supplies company Cintas. Says senior marketing manager John Engel: ‘The contest promotes the importance of hygiene and salutes businesses which strive for restroom excellence in both function and design.’

Voting ends on 31 October. A winner and runner up will be announced shortly after.

For more award-winning comfort stations, check out the Best Restroom Hall of Fame.

Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – winner of America’s Best Restroom in 2014
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