Paris, London, San Antonio
After 300 years, it seems San Antonio is finally 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.
Named among cities like Sydney and Vienna, National Geographic editors point to San Antonio's rich history, our designation as Texas' first World Heritage site, and the city's upcoming tricentennial celebration as reasons we are 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 of course 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 in 2015. (We were the only city in Texas on the list.)
We're going to resist the urge to point out that we know everyone should visit San Antonio, and we've been telling them this for the past three centuries. Instead, we say welcome and howdy y'all. Pull up a chair, grab a puffy taco, crack open an ice cold Tecate, and stay awhile.