this week released its 2022 list of the Most Welcoming Places in the United States, along with the Most Welcoming Places on Earth, using data from its fifth annual Traveler Review Awards, which recognize exceptional hospitality.

This year, Newport earned top honors in the U.S. list-making it the friendliest and most welcoming place in America-while Matera, Italy topped the international list. 

These awards are based on travelers’ reviews on, along with the amount of awarded accommodations in each city, and recognize everything from excellence in staffing to cleanliness to safety-notable achievements during a challenging time frame. 

Most Welcoming Places in the United States in 2022

1. Newport, Rhode Island

2. Madison, Wisconsin

3. Homer, Alaska

4. Eureka Springs, Arkansas

5. Cape May, New Jersey

6. Lancaster, Pennsylvania

7. Yosemite West, California

8. Volcano, Hawaii

9. Waco, Texas

10. Seward, Alaska

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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