25 Nov Philadelphia named the top U.S. city to visit in 2020 by National Geographic
Philadelphia, The City of Brotherly Love, is one of the 25 must-visit destinations in the world in 2020, according to a phenomenal new write-up in National Geographic Traveler that hits newsstands on Friday, November 29. Even more impressive: The city is one of only two U.S. destinations (alongside the Grand Canyon) to make the list, which is part of the publication’s annual Best Trips feature.
In the piece, author Johnna Rizzo reflects on Philly as a metropolis of the unexpected in the midst of an exciting reinvention, saying that “Philly has changed from a city of industrial might … to a city of ingenious makers.” National Geographic Traveler notes that “Philly continues to blossom with countless clever and quirky impulses” like South Philly’s Electric Street neon mural.
For Rizzo, that excitement is palpable in the city’s art. She draws attention to the eclectic (The Electric Street neon installation off East Passyunk Avenue, Klip Collective’s holiday Deck the Hall Light Show) as well as the familiar (the LOVE sculpture, the William Penn statue on City Hall). Elsewhere, Rizzo finds lots to love in the city’s dining scene, noting that “food in America’s first capital city is being reinvented at a radical clip.” Nationally acclaimed eateries like Fishtown’s Suraya and South Philly Barbacoa warrant glowing mentions. So does the “cheese-and-salami utopia” Di Bruno Bros. and dive bar Dirty Frank’s. (One thing we learned: Bob Dylan was maybe once kicked off the stage at Dirty Frank’s.)
Left photo: Cherry Street Pier. Right photo: LOVE Sculpture
Rizzo’s exploration of the city as “an American classic” also finds her visiting Cherry Street Pier on the Delaware River waterfront, the Philly Typewriter store on East Passyunk Avenue, Keith Haring’s only in situ mural in the U.S. and Indonesian to-die-for restaurant Hardena/Waroeng Surabaya. And The Rittenhouse, the Lokal Hotel and the Notary Hotel receive call-outs as worthy places to lay your head after a full day exploring the city.
Check out a sneak peek of the article on the National Geographic Traveler’s website, then pick up a hard copy of the Best Trips edition on newsstands beginning on Friday, November 29 to read the full piece. The Dutch edition will be available on Thursday, December 5th.