Befriending strangers in Raleigh, North Carolina is easy work: “I was standing alone, waiting for my meal at a restaurant called Mami Nora’s and a fellow patron was like, ‘Ma’am, do you have anyone to sit with?’” Heather Kology, a North Carolina-based interior designer shares a memory from her experience in one of the cities that broke this year’s top 10 list. Such above-and-beyond sensitivity helped cities across the country—especially those located in the American South—land on the list of the friendliest cities in America, according to Travel + Leisure readers. In the latest America’s Favorite Places survey, readers ranked more than 400 cities and towns on 70 different features, from the best burgers and wine bars to festivals and free attractions for all ages. Survey voters also weighed in on the locals, ranking them for their apparent quirkiness, hotness, or charming geekiness
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