The 10 Most Friendly Cities in America 2015

The 10 Most Friendly Cities in America 2015

As travelers, we talk a lot about the best places to visit. But it takes more than amazing sights or culture to make a place worth visiting; for a lot of people, their perception and experience of a destination is enhanced by the people they meet there. There are some place we automatically assume are full of “friendly” people, but that leads us to ask, which cities in the U.S. are actually considered the friendliest locales for travelers? The answers might surprise you!

10. Minneapolis, Minnesota

At first glance, there may not be a lot to recommend about Minneapolis and nearby St. Paul, but further investigation will reveal a friendly, welcoming city with plenty of attractions. Minneapolis appeals to visitors by offering free admission to places like the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The city also has a well-regarded craft brewery scene, including the Dangerous Man Brewing Co. Perhaps the best recommendation for the Twin Cities, however, is their locals: these Minnesotans are friendly folks who know how to make people feel welcome. The cities are said to have a non-threatening atmosphere. Grab a beer with some of the locals to learn what’s going on in the cities during your stay or to get some recommendations for food and fun.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

9. Jackson, Wyoming

The Tetons might rise to lofty heights in Jackson, Wyoming, but the locals are certainly down-to-earth folk. Despite the earthy tones, Jackson boasts a number of world-class attractions, like the National Museum of Wildlife Art and, perhaps surprisingly, a sophisticated restaurant scene. For younger tourists, Jackson also has a happening nightlife—perhaps an offshoot of saloon culture that once pervaded the Old West. Jackson’s Old West authenticity extends to shopping: it’s one of the best places to pick up a bonafide cowboy outfit. The city rounds out its list of attractions by capitalizing on its natural surroundings: follow bike trails around Snake River or visit in the wintertime for skiing at the Snow King or Jackson Hole Mountain resorts. Jackson can also be your gateway to the nearby Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

Grand Teton Jackson Wyoming
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