5. Charleston, S.C.
Nowhere is southern hospitality more charmingly or graciously on display than in Charleston, making this delightfully slow-paced city a no-brainer when it comes to inclusion on the America's friendliest cities list. Find a warm welcome with a southern drawl as you explore fragrant courtyard gardens and antebellum mansions, soak up three centuries of history, and sip a mint julep.
6. Austin, Texas
It's not unusual for perfect strangers to chat up visitors in this friendly city, which prides itself on acting like a small town despite being the state capital and home to the University of Texas. Enjoy music venues and green spaces, sample home-style cooking, and do such uniquely Austin things such as joining the crowd to watch the evening flight of the millions of bats that live beneath the Congress Avenue bridge.
You'll no doubt come for the sun, sand and surf; the underwater volcanic craters; the lush hiking trails; and the Pearl Harbor history. But you'll also find yourself getting to know the friendly locals. In Honolulu, a smile and a greeting of "Howzit?" (which means "How's it going?") often lead to a fascinating conversation.
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