Southern hospitality lives on. Eight of the 10 friendliest cities in the USA are in the South, according to a new survey by Conde Nast Traveler.
Charleston, S.C., was named the friendliest city and recognized for its culture, history, natural beauty, and food scene, the magazine said in its 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. Charleston earned top honors last year as well.
Rounding out the top five friendliest cities are Savannah, Ga.; San Antonio; Telluride, Colo.; and New Orleans.
Asheville, N.C., also made the list for the second straight year.
Savannah, which makes a repeat appearance on the friendliest list, earned praise for making travelers feel like they'd "stepped back in time." Think friendly tour guides in seersucker suits.
The Friendliest Cities announcement is based on 1.3 million votes from nearly 80,000 adults who took the 2013 Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Survey. This results of the 2014 Reader's Choice Awards will be published in the November issue of the magazine.
Readers also picked the city they find the most unfriendly. That title went to Newark, N.J., for the second year in a row.
While praising the city's mayor — Cory Booker at the time of the survey — for trying hard, readers called Newark a crowded and overpriced "airport city."
Rounding out the top five most unfriendly cities are Oakland, Calif.; Hartford, Conn.; Atlantic City, N.J., and New Haven, Conn.
Other cities making a repeat appearance on the unfriendly list are Detroit and Wilmington, Del.
Although one reader called Oakland "rough around the edges," others praised the city's "rising food scene" as well as the Fox Oakland Theater, where such bands as Erasure and Thievery Corporation have played.
Friendliest U.S. Cities:
Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Unfriendliest U.S. Cities:
New Haven, Conn.
The Hamptons, N.Y.