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One Texas city steals the spotlight among world's best places to visit in 2018

One Texas city steals spotlight and named world's best place to visit

The Emily Morgan Hotel and the Alamo san antonio
San Antonio was deemed one of the best places in the world to visit. Photo courtesy of The Emily Morgan Hotel

After 300 years, it seems San Antonio is getting her due. For National Geographic's annual roundup of Places You Need to Visit in 2018, the perennial publication deemed San Antonio one of the 21 best places in the world to have an adventure. (Travel + Leisure and Frommer's have also declared SA a must-visit for 2018.)

Named among cities like Sydney and Vienna, National Geographic editors point to San Antonio's rich history, designation as Texas' first World Heritage site, and the city's upcoming tricentennial celebration as reasons it is a must-see destination.

"Party like its 1718," the magazine writes. "Three centuries of history inspired San Antonio to throw a big-as-Texas Tricentennial Celebration. Join the year-long party at the kickoff New Year’s Eve concert and fireworks extravaganza or at any of more than 550 scheduled arts and cultural events."

Though Nat Geo's list is worldwide, two other U.S. spots made the list: Hawaii's enchanting and majestic North Shore of Oahu and, um, Cleveland. 

This isn't the first time a major publication has declared Alamo City to be the next big thing. In 2015, the New York Times named San Antonio one of the top 52 places to go. (It was the only city in Texas on the list.)