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Philly named among top 50 places to visit in 2017

According to Travel + Leisure

Still riding the high of playing host to major events like the DNC and Popeadelphia, Philly was just named a top place to visit in 2017 by Travel + Leisure magazine.

“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,” the article states.

Philly was included in the top 50 places to visit next year, which also included U.S. cities like Nashville, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Honolulu, and Norfolk. Here’s what the travel mag had to say about our city:

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. The young population here is growing at a faster rate than any other major city, and tidy residential neighborhoods like East Passyunk are being diversified.

The nomination also mentions places to drink, eat, and Mayor Jim Kenney’s efforts to keep Philly a sanctuary city.

It’s not the first time Philly has earned an accolade of this kind. In 2016, Philly was named the number 1 place to visit by Lonely Planet and earned a third spot ranking on New York Times’ 2015 list.

Congrats, Philly!