05/18/2015 01:52 EDT | Updated 05/18/2016 05:59 EDT

National Geographic says Edmonton is one of world's best summer trips

Stargazing in a canyon in Arizona, attending a concert in the shadow of ancient Greek ruins, hiking through Edmonton's river valley.

At first glance, they might not have much in common. But all three have been chosen as being among the world's best summer trips by National Geographic magazine.

Edmonton made the short list of 11 of the best summer destinations, as noted in an article on the magazine's website earlier this month.

The writer, Maryellen Kennedy Duckett, noted Edmonton is hosting a variety of international events this summer, highlighting the FIFA Women's' World Cup in August, alongside annual favourites such as the Edmonton International Fringe Festival and the Street Performer's Festival.

"Edmonton is welcoming the world this summer," she wrote.

Duckett also urges visitors to visit the city's expansive river valley, noting that bike and Segway tours are available through the River Valley Adventure Co.

Several other businesses are highlighted by Duckett, including:

- The Metterra Hotel in Old Strathcona. She praises the building's design and the surrounding attractions on Whyte Avenue.

- North 53, which she calls a must-go for diners, saying "if an ingredient isn't made in Canada, it doesn't make it onto the menu."

Edmonton is one of three North American destinations on the list. Besides Sedona, Ariz., it includes Philadelphia Penn.

Canadian destinations have previously made the list. In the last two years, British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, Ontario's cottage country and Cape Breton Island have been featured.

Here's the full list of National Geographic's top summer trips for 2015:

- Machu Picchu, Peru

- Sedona

- Konstanz, Germany

- Athens, Greece

- Magna Carta Trails, England

- Edmonton, Alberta

- Jubilee Weekend, Singapore

- Cup Match, Bermuda

- Philadelphia

- Victoria, Australia

- Jeju Island, South Korea