Philadelphia’s tourism prospects for the coming year are looking up, thanks to a significant recognition from influential travel guidebook publisher, Lonely Planet. In their “Best in Travel 2024” list, Lonely Planet named Philadelphia one of the ten best cities to visit worldwide.

Lonely Planet’s selection, based on insights from local travel experts, writers, and partners, spanned various categories, highlighting destinations for their topicality, unique experiences, sustainability, and community commitment. Philadelphia shares this prestigious list with Kansas City, Missouri, making it one of only two U.S. cities on the roster.

The spokesperson for Lonely Planet pointed to Philadelphia’s “rich American history” and the allure of its “historic Italian and Reading Terminal markets” as key factors in its selection. They also emphasized the city’s modern vitality, marked by cultural shifts and significant museum openings. With its dynamic cultural scene and gastronomic delights, Philadelphia beckons as a must-visit destination for 2024.