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National Geographic Traveler names Cleveland in 2018 'Best of World' list

National Geographic Traveler names Cleveland in 2018 'Best of World' list
Posted at 7:24 AM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 07:24:35-05

When you think of the top places to visit in the world, one would never imagine it's your city of residence. But in this case, Cleveland isn't just home to many but a destination for the world.

"Cleveland takes the best of its structural and cultural heritage (Public Square, for example) and makes it relevant and revelatory for travelers today. We love Cleveland, and I'm not biased, either: I'm from Toledo!," said George Stone, National Geographic Traveler Editor in Chief.

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The publication's annual Best of the World list was announced on Tuesday and Cleveland made the cut— just one of three domestic destinations.

The 2018 Best of the World selections were divided into three key categories: Cities, Culture and Nature. The competition was fierce with nominations from the publication's worldwide network of editors, writers and explorers.

"The travel story of our time is about American urban renewal. Few cities exemplify this as does Cleveland, an immigrant-established industrial city that pulsates with creative energy," said Stone.

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The entry and reasons to visit Cleveland include the revived neighborhoods boosted by a millennial-driven restaurant renaissance such as Tremont and the beer destination known as Ohio City.

Cleveland was the only U.S. city to fall under the culture umbrella. Other cities that made the renowned list includes Dublin, Ireland; Phnom, Cambodia, Madagascar and Ethiopia, to name a few.

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Whether living in Cleveland or visiting the city for the first time, there's always something new to discover. From restaurants and theaters to art districts and pop-up flea and food markets, the list goes on and so does one's curiosity as they visit or live in the city many are proud to call home.