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Greenville, SC Makes ‘Condé Nast Traveler’ List of The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.: 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards

Greenville, SC named #1 Friendliest Cities in the U.S. by Condé Nast Traveler

For the first time ever, the world’s leading travel publications Condé Nast Traveler has named Greenville to its list of the friendliest cities in the United States at the No. 1 spot, placing higher than such destinations as Asheville, North Carolina and Key West, Florida.


A first-time “friendliest cities” inductee, Greenville made quite the impression on travelers in 2020. It’s hard to say what exactly makes the locals here so happy. It may be the city’s burgeoning farm-to-table food movement, with restaurants like Jianna and Vault & Vator serving up fresh seafood and well-crafted cocktails. Or perhaps the craft beer scene is what keeps the pep in people’s steps. But let’s not forget about the abundant natural resources here, from the 32-acre Falls Park to the Swamp Rabbit bike trail. Whatever the reason, one thing’s for sure: You should definitely visit this South Carolina city on the brink of stardom.


Greenville can add to its “best of” lists – friendliest city. Greenville, which regularly collects top awards (it was named 6th Best Small Cities in the U.S for the fourth year in a row by Condé Nast Traveler last October), takes the top spot, thanks to its extraordinarily friendly residents.

Southern hospitality is truly alive and well. Charleston was named second, Savannah was named fourth, and Asheville was tenth. Charleston and Greenville were the only South Carolina cities to make this list along with some of the most remarkable cities in the U.S.

Condé Nast Traveler is the top travel publication and garners more than 5 million unique monthly views on its website. This list was determined by reader survey, making the results all the more meaningful and valuable. The full list is below.

  1. Greenville, South Carolina
  2. Charleston, South Carolina
  3. Key West, Florida
  4. Savannah, Georgia
  5. Alexandria, Virginia
  6. Jackson, Wyoming
  7. Norfolk, Virginia
  8. Santa Fe, New Mexico
  9. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  10. Asheville, North Carolina

Want a warm welcome when you travel or relocate to Greenville? Then check out these 101 things to do in Greenville and meet some of the nicest people in the U.S.



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