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Planning a Memorial Day getaway but can’t narrow down in which charming Southern city you’d like to spend the long weekend? Consider paying a visit to the newly proclaimed “most hospitable city” in the United States: Asheville, North Carolina.
Though there’s no doubt that Asheville has been a top North American travel destination for years, Airbnb has just made it official with their list of top 10 most hospitable cities in the U.S. Snagging the first place title for 2018, Asheville attracts over 10 million visitors each year with people flocking to the mountain city for weddings, meetings and general R&R. With thrilling whitewater rafting, lush national forests and high mountainous peaks, this city’s natural beauty is ideal for visitors looking for an adventure. No matter how long you’re in town, even just 24 hours, the kind folks of Asheville will help you find something to do and something to eat, all with friendly smiles on their faces.
More and more, travelers have been seeking authentic travel experiences and increasing interactions with locals, including their Airbnb hosts. Airbnb based the results on the cities with the highest percentage of five-star rated guest reviews of listings in the last year. Guests who visited consistently described Asheville hosts as “warm,” “helpful” and “inviting.” You don’t have to tell us twice – a little Southern charm goes a long way!
While you’re in town, make sure to sip some suds with the regulars at one of the many local breweries, like Highland Brewing Company. You know the beer in Asheville is going to be pretty good when the city has more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the United States. Other epic places in Asheville every local is proud of include the Blue Ridge Parkway and the historic Biltmore Estate.
If you can’t make your way to Asheville any time soon, we guarantee you’ll be wowed by some of the runner-ups: Portland, St. Louis, Nashville, Phoenix, Denver, Austin, Charleston, Dallas or San Antonio.