According to Conde Nast Traveler's 29th annual Readers' Choice Awards, Charleston in South Carolina - where the US Civil War started - is now the friendliest city in the world.
"More and more people are going to Charleston," Conde Nast deputy digital editor Laura Redman tells CNN.
"Europeans are heading to Charleston because they've heard about the food and the architecture. It's getting great press, and it's having a moment."
Sydney came in second place, followed by Dublin in third place.
More than 100,000 readers responded to the travel magazine's reader survey of favourite cities, hotels, resorts, islands, airlines, cruise lines, future travel destinations and, for the fourth year in a row, reader opinions of the world's friendliest cities.
To arriving travellers, a city can get a reputation for friendliness through its locals and its appearance.
Cities that are easily navigable and offer guests the chance to feel like a local also feel friendly to visitors, she says.
Conde Nast Traveler's top 10 friendliest cities:
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Sydney, Australia
- Dublin, Ireland
- Queenstown, New Zealand
- Park City, Utah
- Galway, Ireland
- Savannah, Georgia
- Krakow, Poland
- Bruges, Belgium
- Nashville, Tennessee