By: Helen Ly
The Rocky Steps, cheesesteaks, the Liberty Bell have one thing in common; it can be found in Philadelphia, PA. Lonely Planet declared that Philadelphia was the best place to visit in the United States for 2016, reaching number one in its top ten list. This is a pretty esteemed title for Philadelphia since it is named by Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet is a travel website that guides travelers with information on what destinations to travel to and other important details so giving Philadelphia first place is venerable.
Philadelphia has a lot of rich history from the Betsy Ross House to the writings of the Constitution. The history in Philadelphia stays genuine and fun with people playing historical characters around Independence Hall. Not only that, but Lonely Planet gives praise to Philadelphia’s eclectic range of cuisines and the affordable prices the city offers. Cuisines in Philly are full of variety with Indian, Italian, French, and American food. Since it is named the best place to visit, I went around and asked Philadelphians what they thought was the best thing about.
Students at Palumbo mostly said it is the history that attracts tourists to Philadelphia. Others said, “6 community in tkmhe city of Philadelphia. Addmo p itionally.
one said the accessibility in Philadelphia is great because it is easy to get around the city so it feels like you’re getting the feel for everything.
Lastly, itmes to a shock for Philadelphian that it is the number one in the list because they assumed that New York would be in it. However, a junior, Jenny Ni, said, “Philly has definitely renovated..opened up city hall Dilworth Park, Winterfest and Summerfest..new shops on Walnut and Chestnut.” The renovations that Philadelphia has went through, it makes sense as to why people are drawn to the city. With all that said, we can see why people are attracted to Philadelphia with its culture, food, history, and accessibility.
If you’re interested in the other places that made the list, here’s the website to Lonely Planet. Be sure to watch the video on Philadelphia, the visuals are fantastic.