Philadelphians have always loved Philadelphia, but now the rest of the world is taking notice. Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book in the world, just named Philadelphia No.1 on its “Best in the U.S.,” a list that names the top 10 unexpectedly exciting places in the U.S. in 2016.
Lonely Planet applauded Philadelphia for its streak of big-time accolades, including the visit by Pope Francis in September, recently being named the U.S.’s first and only World Heritage City (joining Cairo, Paris,and Jerusalem), and hosting the upcoming Democratic National Convention in July. Philadelphia was also ranked No. 3 on the New York Times’ global list of 52 Places to Go in 2015.
Referred to as “NYC’s more neighborly neighbor,” Lonely Planet acknowledged Philadelphia’s urban transformation, citing its craft breweries, locavore restaurants, and its masterful nod to its historic roots, while maintaining its gritty flavor.
The City of Brotherly Love was also lauded for its affordability, which is a novelty for a city so “cosmopolitan” and “accessible.”
Other cities on the “Best in the U.S.” list include Natchez, Mississippi, Yellowstone National Park, San Antonio, Texas, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Visit https://www.lonelyplanet.com/best-in-us for the complete list.