A few months back, around the turn of the year, renowned travel publication Lonely Planet put out their latest collection of best of lists. Some of the rankings they curated include Best Value Destinations for 2015, The Best Free Things to Do in 2015,  and Top 10 Unforgettable Family Travel Experiences for 2015. The premier list, however, is simply, Lonely Planet’s Best City to Visit in 2015. Out of all the amazing domestic and international destinations in the world, this extraordinary travel publication chose our very own Washington, DC as the top city to visit this year.

A lovely write up on what makes Washington, DC the best lays out several reasons for people to come here. The thoughtful minds over at Lonely Planet were sure to include the obvious: we have plenty of museums and monuments, and the Smithsonian Institution, etc. Digging a bit deeper, Lonely Planet also touched on some more particular details that make DC special.

They discussed the breadth of renovation and revitalization taking place around the city. The Yards is a new 40 plus acre park development on the Anacostia River. City Center DC is a real estate development combining condos, apartments, office buildings, luxury hotels and a public park. These two positive efforts will begin to develop an accessible face throughout 2015, thus improving DC this year, and making it a more desirable place to visit.

Lonely Planet mentioned these new improvements, as well timeless staples of Washington, DC culture. From having a life changing experience at our renowned United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to enjoying a classic meal at all-star chef José Andres flagship restaurant Jaleo, the piece wonderfully touches upon what makes this city so special.

Coming in right in front of magical destinations like El Chaltén, Argentina and Milan, Italy, Lonely Planet’s choice to put Washington, DC at the top of the list says a whole lot about the city’s magnificent appeal. To discover what impressed the travel-friendly minds over at LP, come check out what all the hype is about right here in Washington, DC.