As you may have noticed, the media doesn’t always portray New York City as one of the friendliest cities. Almost every New York-based movie or film features the “surly” New Yorker or the businessman or woman who doesn’t seem to have much regard for anyone else.
However, being from the Big Apple, I’d beg to differ. While there are a few impolite people in every crowd, I’ve encountered thousands of friendly citizens from New York!
Being a lover of all things travel, I researched which cities have reputations for being the friendliest in America. As it turns out, the Huffington Post asked readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine the same question. Based off the answers from about 77,000 readers, here are the top five most welcoming cities in America:
- Park City, Utah. Coming in at #1, Park City is known for its authentic people, 400 miles of wooded trails for hiking and the annual Sundance Film Festival.
- Savannah, Georgia. Savannah has plenty of friendly faces! The city is also known for its history and abundant nightlife.
- Charleston, South Carolina. This city is full of Southern hospitality, rich history and well preserved architecture.
- Nashville, Tennessee. Music City is known for its Southern charm and big-city feel. They’re also the only city in the United States with a life-size reproduction of the Greek Parthenon!
- Austin, Texas. In addition to the friendly citizens, Austin is also home to legendary live music, a burgeoning restaurant scene and unique culture.
These cities welcome visitors with open arms, but that doesn’t mean other cities can’t also! Maybe we’ll see New York City on next year’s list of America’s friendliest.