What’s the most important thing you look for while traveling? Is it delicious food, great weather, fun sights, or your experiences with the locals? While we all have different things we prefer while on a trip (some prefer action-packed vacations, while others prefer to laze by a pool), a recent survey by Airbnb revealed that 86 percent of US travelers think hospitality—i.e, warm, friendly, inviting interactions with neighbors, hosts, tour guides, and even people on the street—is the ultimate sign of a trip well-spent…
As such, Airbnb has just released their list of the top 10 most hospitable cities in America by pulling out the cities that had the highest percentage of five-star reviews. And surprisingly, these aren’t your typical tourist destinations like LA or New York, suggesting that these are the next “it” towns when it comes to creating a memorable travel experience. Three of those cities are also in the great state of Texas, which has boasted a 77 percent increase in Airbnb guests in the past year alone, according to the booking site.
So, where should you book your next vacation? Check out the top 10 cities ahead.
10. San Antonio, Texas
Texas charm is alive and well in San Antonio, which is number 10 on the list. One reviewer mentioned how his hosts even let him extend his stay when his flight got canceled. Not that you’d mind overstaying some: The Alamo museum and mile-long scenic River Walk are just some of the city’s attractions.
This chic Art Deco-inspired cottage with a private pool—hosts Gary and Anne-Marie have been described as “warm, accommodating, and fantastic,” and the house is super close to all major destinations.
9. Dallas, Texas
TBH, Dallas, Texas has been on our radar as a design destination for quite some time.. The city also boasts some really great Tex-Mex food, as well as sights like the Perot Museum of Nature and Science (an architectural gem in its own right) and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
This super eclectic cabin with stone-beam ceilings and calming, colorful interior. As one reviewer put it, “Christine was a fabulous host! Loved her cute cabin and her swift communication.”
8. Charleston, South Carolina
Southern charm and cobblestoned streets make Charleston a throwback destination for those looking to go back to a simpler time in life: Try hitching a ride on one of the horse-drawn carriages, stroll through Waterfront Park overlooking the harbor, or simply check out some of the pastel, candy-colored streets throughout the charming city. (Check out our guide here.)
This houseboat with a nautical-inspired vibe. Teal pillows, reclaimed materials, and a view of the harbour make this a prime spot for those looking for something a little unconventional. Reviewer Jenna says, “A Pirate’s Life for Me was one of my favorite places to stay to date. Justin and Bill went above and beyond to accommodate us. The boat was located in the perfect spot, on the beautiful harbor, and only a few minutes from downtown.”
7. Austin, Texas
Our spring 2018 cover girl, Outdoor Voices founder Tyler Haney, knows a thing or two about exploring what is arguably the most millennial-friendly city in America right now (think sophisticated food options, a thriving music scene, and great design). Check out her guide here, and then make your way to this relaxing metropolis.
This one-bedroom treehouse getaway. We’re loving the wood-burning fireplace, balcony, and swimming pool. Annanda says, “This is a super cozy space with so much to offer in terms of a getaway that’s close to South Congress; I highly recommend the rental. The patio was great to sit out in the morning and evening, and watch the sky at dawn and dusk.”
6. Denver, Colorado
One of the most popular cities in 2018, and for good reason, Denver boasts some serious outdoor inspo for nature lovers in need of fresh air. Ski resorts, a colorful botanic garden, and several bikeways make Denver pretty much the perfect place to relax and soak up some sun this summer.
A luxury townhouse that has a sleek interior, open floor plan, and tons of sun. The rooftop patio offers plenty of space for enjoying the warmer weather, while the high-tech amenities will make sure you never want to leave. “The host was very kind and provided more than enough for us to live comfortably, not to mention a very stylish decor,” said one reviewer.
5. Phoenix, Arizona
America’s fifth-largest city offers a ton leisure activities, unique vintage finds, and local brew—basically, you can find something to do no matter what kind of vacation you’re going for. Try one of the city’s major brunch spots to really get a taste of local flavor, and then hike it off at one of Sedona’s major scenic pathways.
A cheerful, calming guest house in the historic district. You get full access to the owners’ backyard, and the pops of color make it a fun space. “The hostess looks like Ginnifer Goodwin.. so you’ve got Snow White, this fairytale-esque bungalow, two great kids, and a cat that will steal your heart. What more could you want?” says reviewer Paige.
4. Nashville, Tennessee
The home of country music, Nashville offers a double dose of culture for those looking for a relaxing, yet city-oriented stay. We particularly love Zeitgeist Gallery, a contemporary find in the middle of music land. Bonus points if you visit Dozen Bakery next door. (Check out more Nashville recommendations here.)
A “modern-eclectic” carriage house that’s full of rustic wooden accents, soft, cloud-like throws, a comforting fireplace, and wildly patterned decor. It’s perfect if you want some quiet time, too: “Hands off hosts, but responsive and supportive in all the right ways. Perfect Airbnb for a great stay in Nashville,” says one reviewer.
3. St. Louis, Missouri
Missouri might seem like an unconventional destination, but it’s one you seriously need to check out. St Louis has some great blues tunes, incredible barbecue spots, and great architecture: The Gateway Arch and Cathedral Basilica of St Louis are some of our favorites.
An airy, light-filled two-bedroom loft in the heart of the city. Minimalist, Scandi-inspired decor, a gorgeous view, exposed brick, and natural light give it a calming vibe. Hosts Marshall and Jon are well-known on the Airbnb circuit too, with over 1,000 reviews and a very hands-on demeanor. “Marshall and Jon checked in regularly to make sure we were comfortable (we were),” says one reviewer.
2. Portland, Oregon
Portland has pretty much the best selection of coffee shops in the world. We’re also obsessed with its access to the outdoors, open bike pathways, and microbrewery scene—proving that the hip city is always one step ahead when it comes to buzzy hotspots.
A boho chic, plant-filled home that has the perfect mix of urban and city life encompassed in the decor. Cacti, trailing plants, and hanging succulents characterize the cheery home, with one reviewer stating, “The studio is in a great area, safe and close to all the neighborhoods we liked to visit. Communicating with Peter and Alea was great. Their responses were quick and recommendations were great!”
1. Asheville, North Carolina
Taking the cake as the most hospitable city in America? Asheville. According to the Airbnb study, the majority of guests mentioned the words “warm,” “helpful,” and “inviting” to describe their hosts. Check out some of the city’s indulgent Southern brunches, or go the healthy route by enjoying the cascading waterfalls and lush greenery at Pisgah National Forest.
A timber tiny home that makes small space living look super chic, thanks to bright furniture pieces, sky-high ceilings, and natural wood interiors. But don’t let the tiny size fool you: As one reviewer says, “It was actually surprisingly spacious, and the host offered a thorough list of local tips.”
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