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From a Destination DC press release:

“Today Lonely Planet, the esteemed international guidebook publisher, announces Washington, DC as their pick for the world’s best city to visit in 2015. America’s capital was selected for its volume of accessible culture, diversity and great value. This honorific decided by Lonely Planet’s in-house expert travelers joins recent pronouncements, notably Forbes magazine’s anointment of DC as the “Coolest City in America.” With exceptional inventory: new hotels, restaurants, attractions, shops and transportation options expected to open in the next 24 months, Washington, DC is positioned to delight domestic and international visitors.

“2015 is a fantastic year to visit Washington, DC and that’s why it was chosen as our #1 city in Best in Travel 2015″ says Tom Hall, head of content for Lonely Planet. “The pomp commemorating the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination makes next year big for DC. Add that to its hip neighborhoods, incredible eats, venerable performing arts scene and iconic museums, like the Smithsonian Institution, and the nation’s capital is looking more epic than
ever.”