PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Spain, Greece, Guatemala, Iceland, Thailand, and Pittsburgh? Yes. We made the list.

National Geographic Traveler magazine has listed Pittsburgh as one of 20 of the best destinations in the world in 2012.

“We are absolutely thrilled,” said Beverly Morrow-Jones, from VisitPittsburgh. She discovered how we wound up on the magazine’s list. “National Geographic Traveler asked their writers, their editors, their contributing editors to throw in a name.”

The magazine calls Pittsburgh an “Extreme Metropolitan Makeover.” It wrote that Pittsburgh’s natural setting, “rivals Lisbon and San Francisco.” It also references “a quirky sense of humor.”

William Mang and his wife are visiting from Hong Kong as part of their United States honeymoon trip. They were on Mount Washington Monday evening taking pictures. Mang described Pittsburgh as “Very, very pretty.”

The Sonoma region of California is the only other U.S. destination on the list.

In 1985, Pittsburgh was ranked as America’s Most Livable City by the “Places Rated Almanac.” Since then, it has received the same title a few times by different publications.

National Geographic Travel

David Highfield