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Travel + Leisure Put Philadelphia in Their Top 50 Places to Visit in 2017

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Travel + Leisure Put Philadelphia in Their Top 50 Places to Visit in 2017

When it comes to travel destinations across the globe certain cities always come to mind, such as Tokyo, London, New York and Rome.  These titans of tourism collectively attract millions of visitors each year.  Now Travel + Tourism which is essentially the bible for wanderlusters, has placed the city of brotherly love on its list of places to visit in 2017.  With Philadelphia’s recent events such as the Pope visit, the DNC as well as the annual Made in America concert, Philly has been slowly grabbing the world’s attention.

So how exactly did Travel + Leisure compile their list? “..we survey writers based around the world, talk to our A-List travel specialists, and look at the most exciting hotel and restaurant openings. While news and global events have a large impact on the places we choose, we also pay attention to cities that are worth revisiting: Philadelphia, in particular, may surprise you with the amount of growth and development it has seen in recent months.”

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Among the many perks for Philly tourists that Travel + Leisure highlighted were the niche “tidy residential neighborhoods like East Passyunk,” boutique craft beer spots, great food options as well as its political activism.  According to the article, “Philly is coming off a high-profile couple of years, between hosting Pope Francis and the DNC and being the first U.S. city inducted into the Organization of World Heritage Cities. Bathed in that ego-boosting afterglow, America’s birthplace is adding hotel options from brands like Four Seasons, W, SLS, and Study, and debuting its new Museum of the American Revolution this spring.”

Travel + Leisure also recognizes Philly’s booming millennial population, citing “The young population here is growing at a faster rate than any other major city.”  As Philly continues to attract younger demographics as well as hold court to national and global events, its attraction to the rest of the world should hold steadfast.  Philadelphia is definitely not your grandfather’s Philly. It has grown both from a landscape standpoint as well as developing into an entertainment and social hub.

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