WRITTEN BY: JOSEPH WILLIAMS
The city of Philadelphia has been getting some positive press lately, after Lonely Planet – a travel guide book – named Philadelphia number one on its list of “top ten unexpectedly exciting places to see.”
Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide publisher in the world and had some kind words for the city of brotherly love.
“Visited by Pope Francis, hosting the Democratic National Convention in July, and freshly crowned as the U.S.’s first and only World Heritage City (joining the ranks of Cairo, Paris and Jerusalem), Philly’s on a roll. NYC’s more neighborly neighbor is experiencing a transformation to its urban core.”
This is the second year Philadelphia has gained notoriety for being a top tourist destination. Last year, the New York Times placed Philly at number three on their global list of 52 places to go in 2015.
Kevin Chin, a native of Cranford New Jersey is here as a graduate student. Chin said while he wasn’t familiar with the city prior to becoming a Temple student, he could see why it’s being nationally recognized.
“I grew up and got my undergraduate degree in New Jersey, but I’ve had nothing but good experiences in Philly thus far,” Chin said. “I’ll definitely try to explore more of the city as the semester goes on.”
Philadelphia was featured in multiple lists in 2015. In addition to the NY Times listing, Time Magazine named Philly a “top nine city for biking to work,” and the Washington Post named Philly a “top ten food city.”
Don’t let the “unexpected” tag fool you, Philadelphia beat out the likes of San Antonio, Texas and Milwaukee, Wisconsin among others. For a full list, click here.