Philadelphia Ranked A Top 5 City To Visit In 2024
It’s always good to get away, take some time off and recharge. Planning vacations is tough, so any bit of help along the way is good. Choosing a destination can sometimes be the hardest. Lonely Planet is here to help with that step. They’ve released their best destinations to visit in 2024. Now for us, we don’t need this suggestion since we live here, but Philadelphia was ranked a top 5 city to visit in 2024. The list from Lonely Planet is broken into five groups: countries, regions, cities, sustainable travel destinations, and best-value locations.
Mongolia gets the top spot in the country category for its open spaces, adventures, and culture. India is after Mongolia, then it’s St. Lucia and Mexico. The regions that they rank as the best destinations were Montana for their big sky scenery and County Donegal, Ireland for its coastline. 3rd, 4th, and 5th were the Trans Dinarica Cycling Route in the Western Balkans, Kangaroo Island in Australia, and Tuscany, Italy (hell yes).
After the top regions, they listed sustainable destinations, based on the country’s effort to push renewable energy. They also listed their best value destinations where Poland took the top sport and the Mid-western part of the United States followed up in 2nd. That was the only stateside location on the best value list. In the cities category, which is what matters since Philadelphia is a top 5 spot, only 1 other American city made the list.
The cities list starts off with Nairobi, Kenya. An unexpected top city, but Lonely Planet mentions Nairobi is having a moment. It’s like it’s coming out of its shell.
“The city is shrugging off the colonial gaze and embracing its unique rhythms, with an dynamic array of restaurants, food carts and cafes, along with a steady rotation of arts and cultural venues that all fuel a distinct Nairobi cool”
The next 3 spots on the list of cities are Paris, Montreal, and Mostar, Bosnia. Mostar looks like a pretty cool place with a medieval feel to it. Taking the fifth spot on the best destinations for 2024 is Philadelphia, but what sets Philly apart? The folks at Lonely Planet have a great reason for ranking our city so high.
“At the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers sits the nation’s first World Heritage City, the birthplace of the United States and the ‘City of Brotherly Love’. But in all that historic high-mindedness what can get lost is modern Philly’s kinetic energy – and tectonically shifting cultural core. Between major new openings and milestone anniversary events, the museums alone warrant a trip in 2024 (as do its eateries to keep you fueled).”
It is nice seeing Philadelphia as a top 5 destination in 2024. Click this link because the list they put together is very well done. The explanations given are well written and it can give you a jump start on getting your wanderlust under control.