The Friendliest Cities in the U.S.

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Over the last five years, we've asked our readers to rate a city's "friendliness" in the Readers’ Choice Awards survey, especially with respect to where you felt welcome. Did an outgoing local show you the way? Was the city easy to navigate? More than 300,000 people took the survey in 2016—see what you had to say about the friendliest cities in the U.S. (and why we're not calling out the unfriendliest cities for the first time).
This article has been updated with the latest winners.

Ashland, Oregon
We love that our readers called out Ashland this year—it means they're making an effort to venture to this kinda-out-of-the-way town near the border of California. It usually takes two flights and a drive to get anywhere near the place, but you're rewarded once you're there. Life slows down to a stroll and locals welcome visitors with open arms, even during the busy and buzzy Oregon Shakespeare Festival. "Ashland delivers when it comes to the arts! A beautiful and culturally rich small city to visit."

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Summer Bucket List 2017: 20 Fun Things to Do Across the U.S.

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Here are 20 of our favorite reasons to get out of town this summer.

17. Honor the Bard in Ashland
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the attractive town of Ashland has been going strong for more than 80 years. Although plays are staged from February through early November in two indoor theaters, the outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre is only open from early June to mid-October. This summer, catch a production of Shakespeare in Love or Julius Caesar. Fun fact: The festival has run through the Bard's entire repertoire of 37 plays three times over and is one play (Timon of Athens) away from completing it a fourth time.

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This Summer's Bucket List: 18 Fun Things to Do Across the U.S.

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Here are 18 of our favorite reasons to get out of town this summer.

17. HONOR THE BARD IN ASHLAND

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the attractive town of Ashland has been going strong for more than 80 years. Although plays are staged from February through early November in two indoor theaters, the mock-Tudor outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre is only open from early June to mid-October. This summer, catch a production of Hamlet or The Winter's Tale. Fun fact: The festival has run through the Bard's entire repertoire of 37 plays three times over.

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The Best Small Cities In America

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by DEBBIE STRONG

Ashland, Oregon

Here are the small American charmers, as voted on by Condé Nast Traveler readers. All have populations of under 100,000, and often as much to offer as cities ten times their size.

At the base of the Siskiyou and Cascade mountain ranges, the scenery here is second to none--and the town's year-round mild weather doesn't disappoint, either. Despite being thousands of miles from England, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival draws major crowds, and the Ashland Springs Hotel has a distinctively European flair in its 70 rooms.

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Oregon named top state for summer road trips

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Personal finance site WalletHub—always on the lookout for the best deal—studied lodging, gas prices, traffic safety, weather, and the less quantifiable fun factor to find the best states in the U.S. for the all-American road trip.

Anyone who’s driven the Oregon Coast won’t be surprised that the Beaver State tops the list. There’s just so much to see: from sea lion caves to massive sand dunes to the famed Goonies Rock (pictured), which stands sentry on
Cannon Beach.