Study Reveals Least Tourist-Friendly US Destinations
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Arlington, Texas is the least tourist-friendly city in America, at least, according to Twitter.
A new study recently conducted by private air charter company Stratos Jets using an algorithm based on thousands of geotagged tweets about tourists revealed the cities where locals are least likely to welcome tourists with open arms.
Results of the study obtained by USA Today Travel suggest Arlington, located just 20 miles from Dallas and only a dozen miles from Fort Worth, is the least fond of its visitors.
Arlington was followed by New York, Las Vegas, Boston and New Orleans, none of which are that surprising given their popularity. The Theme Park Capital of the World, Orlando, Florida also made the list at No. 6, followed by the biggest surprise: Greensboro, North Carolina.
Just the third-largest city in the state, Greensboro boasts a plethora of attractions, including a handful of parks and museums, but clearly trails the aforementioned cities in overall draw.
The rest of the top 10 least tourist-friendly cities can be viewed below.
1. Arlington, Texas
2. New York
3. Las Vegas
5. New Orleans
6. Orlando, Florida
7. Greensboro, North Carolina
9. Los Angeles
10. San Francisco
The study also broke down states producing the highest number of tweets telling tourists to go home, per 100,000 residents.
Surprisingly, the U.S.'s smallest state, Rhode Island rose to the top. The Ocean State was joined by several other representatives of New England, including No. 4 Maine, No. 5 Massachusetts and No. 7 Vermont.
Notably absent from this list was New York. However, like California and Texas (also absent), its massive population likely played a role in the results.
Here's the full top 10 list of states that want tourists to leave the most:
1. Rhode Island
6. South Carolina
10. North Carolina
Considering this study is based on geotagged tweets categorized as positive or negative, and likely doesn't take into account sarcasm or a specific incident that may have prompted a particular tweet, travelers would be wise to take the results with a sizable grain of salt.
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