It’s a great time to be in Philadelphia, and enthusiastic praise for the city just keeps on coming.
Last year, The New York Times ranked Philadelphia #3 on its list of the 52 best places to visit in 2015.
Now, as the end of the year nears, rankings of where to go next are rolling in and Philadelphia’s appeal in 2016 appears to be only growing.
Today, Fodor’s Travel released its Go List 2016, an annual roll call of 25 destinations around the world that the Fodor’s editorial team think should be on every traveler’s must-visit list for the coming year — and Philadelphia makes the list, standing in amazing international company with locales like Ecuador, San Sebastián and Abu Dhabi.
Of the 25 destinations included, Philadelphia stands out as one of just six U.S. destinations on the list, including America’s National Parks and Maine. Utah comes in as the top destination of the list, but, according to Fodor’s Travel, the rest of the list is not ranked.
Cited specifically by Fodor’s as reasons to visit Philadelphia are the coming-soon Democratic National Convention, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, the city’s recent designation as America’s first World Heritage City, and — a favorite around here — beer gardens.
Plus, last week The Huffington Post’s SmarterTravel dubbed Philadelphia as one of the 12 Destinations That Should Be on Your Radar in 2016.
Philadelphia was second on that list, thanks to major museum exhibitions at the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the recent opening of One Liberty Observation Deck, the 200th anniversary of the African American Episcopal Church (AME) and, of course, the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Check out the complete Fodor’s Go List 2016, and make plans now to, well, go to Philadelphia.
Fodor’s Go List 2016 [Fodor’s Travel]
12 Destinations That Should Be on Your Radar in 2016 [Huffington Post]