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Discover the United States’ Friendliest Cities of 2021

After a year where vacations were few or far between, what better way to ease back into traveling than by choosing a town where you’re sure to receive a warm welcome?

As travelers begin to plan their spring and summer getaways, Expedia.com® is helping narrow down the possibilities by ranking the friendliest towns and cities for 2021.

Did a local provide an outstanding dinner recommendation?

Were you greeted with smiles and hellos (or at least smiling eyes over a mask)?

Was there just overall feel-good energy?

These might be some of the random acts of friendliness that earned these towns the highest mentions of “friendly, friendliest, amiable,” and other word associations and related linguistic connections based on Expedia.com traveler reviews from January 2019 to December 2020.

20 of the Top Friendliest Cities in the U.S. (plus, what to do) according to Expedia users include:

  1. Whitefish, Montana A gateway to Glacier National Park, outdoor enthusiasts will love the outdoorsy delights this Montana town offers
  2. Sister Bay, Wisconsin This charming small town is fit for boaters and fisherman alike
  3. Manitou Springs, Colorado Art lovers will enjoy the galleries, restaurants and boutiques in Manitou Springs, and can even spring for a hot air balloon ride
  4. Easton, Maryland Relax at a quaint, small-town Inn
  5. Lihue, Hawaii Nothing beats a picturesque town amid sweeping, green valleys, with excellent views of the Pacific Ocean
  6. Sierra Vista, Arizona A sunny escape, this southeastern Arizona city is considered the Hummingbird Capital of the U.S.
  7. Kennebunkport, Maine It’s that coastal town beach escape you’ve always dreamed of
  8. Chincoteague, Virginia Book your island getaway to explore beaches and see wild Chincoteague ponies
  9. Ogunquit, Maine Explore Maine’s southern coast, rife with sandy beaches and grassy dunes
  10. Provincetown, Massachusetts Ease your mind in a boutique hotel located on the Northern tip of Cape Cod
  11. Carolina Beach, North Carolina Hit the waves and charter a private sailboat or wildlife watching cruise
  12. Kahului, Hawaii Waterfall and rainforest tours await
  13. Alamogordo, New Mexico The closest base for visiting White Sands National Park
  14. Manhattan, New York Eat, drink and take on the Big Apple
  15. Kapaʻa, Hawaii For the adventure seeker ready for off-road adventures and sweeping views
  16. Bar Harbor, Maine Adventure in Acadia National Park
  17. Grants Pass, Oregon Shop a local, vintage boutique or visit the wineries and vineyards in this Pacific Northwest town
  18. Deadwood, South Dakota Calling all history buffs! Visit this town to for its scenic surroundings and discover why it’s been named a National Historic Landmark
  19. Hilo, Hawaii Explore the Big Island with sunsets and stargazing, cultural tours or helicopter rides
  20. Aspen, Colorado Get an “altitude” adjustment with ski and snowboard rental packages, snowshoeing and more 

In addition to promising the friendliest experience, these outdoorsy, beachy and small-town destinations are right in line with Expedia’s spring and summer 2021 travel trends as travelers look for socially distanced options and domestic beach escapes. For more on this trend which began during 2020, check out the Expedia 2021 Trends Report.

Plus – now’s a great time to book and save 20% on select hotels with the Expedia Spring Sale happening now through March 31.


Joe Wehinger
Joe Wehinger (nicknamed Joe Winger) has written for over 20 years about the business of lifestyle and entertainment. Joe is an entertainment producer, media entrepreneur, public speaker, and C-level consultant who owns businesses in entertainment, lifestyle, tourism and publishing. He is an award-winning filmmaker, published author, member of the Directors Guild of America, International Food Travel Wine Authors Association, WSET Level 2 Wine student, WSET Level 2 Cocktail student, member of the LA Wine Writers. Email to: [email protected]
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