I guess this proves once and for all that "North Dakota Nice" really is a thing.

According to an article in Forbes, data was analyzed for the 11th annual Traveller Review Awards and only one place in America made the Top 10.  More on that in a moment.

Booking.com reviewed over 240 million verified customer reviews to compile their top 10 list.  The list was ranked on the amount of awarded accommodations in each city (region), excellence in staffing, cleanliness, safety, and more.

This report was broken down into two lists.  "The Most Welcoming Cities on Earth" and "The Most Welcoming Regions on Earth".

The Top 10 Most Welcoming Cities On Earth include:

#1 Polignano a Mare, Italy

#2 Hualien City, Taiwan

#3 San Sebastian, Spain

#4 Dresden, Germany

#5 Klaipeda, Lithuania

#6 York, United Kingdom

#7 Ushuaia, Argentina

#8 Porto De Galinhas, Brazil

#9 Mexico City, Mexico

#10 Gold Coast, Australia

I have not been to a single one of these cities.  Have you?  I guess I need to get out more.

Now, The 10 Most Welcoming Regions On Earth.

#1 La Rioja, Spain: Northern Spain and a big wine region.

#2 Epirus, Greece: A mountainous part of mainland Greece.

#3 Oberosterreich, Austria: An area in upper Austria.

#4 County Down, United Kingdom: Ireland’s most easterly county.

#5 Mures, Romania: A county in the historical region of Transylvania (sounds kind of scary to me).

#6 Marlborough, New Zealand: New Zealand’s largest wine-growing region.

#7 Ninh Binh, Vietnam: The Red River Delta of northern Vietnam.

#8 Limon, Costa Rica: Caribbean province with jungles, mountains, and beaches.

#9 Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada: Atlantic Province made up of the island of Newfoundland and Labrador on the mainland.

#10 North Dakota:  Yep, good old North Dakota is the only state or region in the United States to make the list.  The article says, North Dakota is full of wide open spaces and is an outdoor paradise with numerous national and state parks, including the very popular Theodore Roosevelt National Park.


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