Travel won’t be the same if the people you meet along the way were not nice or helpful. They can make a break a trip, especially if you don’t know your way around your destination. The secrets they can spill and lesser-known places they can reveal are invaluable.

Friendliness is that crucial. Being a stranger in a place where the people around you look happy to meet you and answer any questions you have is not only refreshing, but also heart-warming. It’s the perfect beginning of an adventure.

The following list, in random order, is based on the latest Expedia analyses for America and Canada.

Hotel review data from 2017 in hundreds of destinations, helpful tourism board, things to do, quantity and quality of hotel options, access to an airport or major transit center, city and discovery tours, as well as amenities ratings were all taken into consideration.