PHILADELPHIA, February 9, 2016 – Lonely Planet today released its list of the 10 best places to visit in the United States in 2016, and Philadelphia, the country’s first and only World Heritage City, ranked #1 on the list, ahead of Alaska; San Antonio, Texas; and Yellowstone National Park.
“Philadelphia is thriving, and we’re proud it took the top spot on such an impressive list of places,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA®. “We love that the article encourages visitors to go beyond the clichés and explore the city’s deep history, raved-about food and evolving neighborhoods. That’s exactly what we’re asking them to do in our new commercial, ending with the tagline: There’s more to a legendary city than its legends.”
Now in its sixth year, Lonely Planet’s “Best in the U.S.”is a handpicked list selected and ranked by the company’s U.S.-based editors and travel writers. The list, found at lonelyplanet.com/best-in-the-
“The Lonely Planet article says that Philly has ‘swagger’ and ‘a confident sense of self,’ and that’s absolutely right,” says Mayor Jim Kenney. “With the Democratic National Convention, the 200th anniversary of the AME Church, major exhibitions, neighborhood developments and so much more on the horizon this year, 2016 is the perfect time to visit this truly special place.”
VISIT PHILADELPHIA® makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.