Dept. Of Meaningless Lists: Philly Is Lonely Planet‘s Number Four Destination In The U.S.

The world’s largest travel guide book publisher, Lonely Planet, has released their top ten travel destinations for 2013, and Philly landed at number four. While it is always nice to get recognized for good things, you may be asking yourself: “What bustling metropolises (metropoli?) beat out our dear city for the best travel spot?” Was it LA? NYC? Chi-town? Miami? Any other place with a basketball team?

Well, you’ll be confused to find out that Philly’s #4 ranking was bested by such locales as Louisville, Kentucky (which LP calls “the new Portland”), Fairbanks, Alaska, and the San Juan Islands of Washington. Not really your usual suspects. But here’s what LP has to say about Philly:

Forget the cheesesteaks and tri-corner hat (Ed: Haven’t we?), Philadelphia is becoming known as an art capital. In addition to the world renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art, the formerly remote the Barnes Foundation, a once private collection of Matisse, Renoir and Cézanne, has a new central location. And it’s not just the big museums – Philly’s gallery scene is exploding with new venues like the Icebox garnering international attention and turning the Northern Liberties and Fishtown neighborhoods into the new hot arts hub. First Fridays, the monthly gallery open house, long a tradition in Old City, has expanded to the refurbished Loft District, where the party goes on in a host of new bars, clubs and live music venues.”

The top ten is rounded out by American Samoa, Eastern Sierra, CA, Northern Maine, the Twin Cities, Verde Valley, Arizona, and Glacier National Park in Montana. This was a strange one.