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Travelzoo Poll Reveals Friendliest Destinations in US And Beyond

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | July 23, 2015

Travelzoo Poll Reveals Friendliest Destinations in US And Beyond

While the friendliness or lack thereof of a particular city, state or destination is and always will be subjective, there's no question that some places are celebrated for their kind people and hospitality. 

In an effort to single out those places, global Internet media company Travelzoo polled more than 6,400 U.S. adults to determine the friendliest U.S. cities, states and international destinations. 

Sunny Honolulu emerged as the friendliest U.S. city, beating out a handful of other popular West Coast destinations. However the most surprising city breaking into the top 10 was No. 2 New York, a beloved city among travelers, but one with a tenacious reputation to say the least.

Leading entertainment capitals New Orleans and Las Vegas were also featured in the top five. 

Here's the complete list, counting down from the friendliest. 

1. Honolulu

2. New York

3. New Orleans

4. Las Vegas

5. Boston

6. San Diego

7. San Francisco

8. Charleston, S.C.

9. Chicago

10. Seattle

For the most part, the friendliest U.S. states based on Travelzoo's study share a common theme: sunshine. Florida, California and Hawaii are renowned for their weather and beaches, two factors that undoubtedly played a role in their position atop the list. 

The South was also well-represented, though, with Texas, South Carolina and Georgia making the top 10.

Here's the complete list of the top 10 friendliest states. 

1. Florida

2. California

3. Hawaii

4. New York 

5. Texas

6. South Carolina

7. Maine

8. Georgia

9. Washington

10. Arizona

Travelzoo's poll also found Mexico, Italy and Australia to be the friendliest destinations in Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific respectively. But Americans also consider Ireland, the U.K., Spain and the Netherlands among Europe's friendliest destinations.  


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