Philadelphia has earned the top spot on Lonely Planet’s “Best in the U.S. 2016” list.
Each year, the travel guide book publisher comes up with a list of the most “unexpectedly exciting places to see in the U.S,” and this year Philly is number one.
Lonely Planet gave credit to Philly’s affordability, history, craft breweries, and hot new restaurants, naming those as just a few of the reasons it took the number one spot. The city has been steadily gaining nationwide attention following the World Meeting of Families, and is thought to gain even more during the upcoming Democratic National Convention.
It’s been a notable past few months for the city. Philly has been making and topping lists in various categories lately. Huffington Post recently named Philly one of the top 10 cities techies should move to in 2016. In 2015, Philly came in at number 3 on the New York Times “52 places to go in 2015” list, and this past November, Philly was named the first U.S. World Heritage city.
Lonely Planet also took note of the transformation Philly is undergoing. They say the city is being reinvigorated by new groups of people moving into town. With the new wave of people come a new wave of art, cuisines, and eateries.
With all of this happening, Lonely Planet says “Philly’s on a roll,” and there’s never been a better time to plan a first visit to America’s first capital.
The full list of cities can be found here.