Philly: America's Favorite City for Culture

City of Brotherly Love ranked No. 1 by 'Travel + Leisure' magazine poll

The UArts campus is steps from City Hall on Philadellphia's famed Avenue of the Arts.

November 5, 2011

The November issue of Travel + Leisure magazine, which featured its annual “America’s Favorite Cities” poll, ranked Philadelphia No. 1 for overall culture – that’s higher than New York, Los Angeles or Washington, D.C.

The impact of the city’s theaters, museums, art galleries, dance companies and musical ensembles outranked those of every other city in the country.

Visitors to Philly also ranked it No. 1 on the historical sites/monuments list and the sports-crazed list (that was kind of a given); No. 2 for classical music (go Philadelphia Orchestra!), street food and hamburgers; No. 3 for overall food/drink/restaurants; No. 4 for pizza; and No. 5 for theaters/performance art, museums/galleries and overall shopping.

Learn more about the City of Brotherly Love's Travel + Leisure ranking in the "Arts, Culture and Creative Economy" blog.

Visit the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


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