One group of travel writers says Big D could learn a lesson in friendliness from Big Tex.
According to the U.K. online publication The Independent, Dallas and Miami are two of the least friendly cities in the world.
One writer calls Houston, Austin and San Antonio Texas’ “warm and welcoming cities” but says Dallas isn’t one of them.
“I first visited ‘The Big D’ in 1994. I don’t want to be loved, when I go to a new city,” The Independent wrote. “But I do like to feel as though I am appreciated at least for the income I bring. But I found Dallas grudging.”
The writer said that he’s returned to Dallas since, but his attitude toward the city hasn’t changed.
“Since then I have returned several times; I have been engrossed by the Sixth Floor Museum (from where, allegedly, the shots that killed President Kennedy were fired) and the stunning Dallas Museum of Art,” The Independent wrote. “But I still find it a city that does not care for the visitor, in both senses.”
Other cities on the list are Prague, Czech Republic; Warsaw, Poland; Reykjavik, Iceland; and the other US city on the list: Miami.
The publication called service in Miami “cold and dead-eyed.”
Some commenters said they disagreed about Dallas.
“I grew up in NY, but I lived in Dallas for about 10 years and always found it to be a very friendly place, especially to visitors. The whole North Texas region wants to attract tourists and businesses, so they strive to be very visitor friendly.”
Earlier this year, Travel + Leisure readers named Dallas No. 8 on a list of America’s 15 rudest cities. Miami topped that list at No. 1.
Fort Worth ranked No. 7 of 20 in America’s friendliest cities, according to the same Travel + Leisure readers.
Least friendly cities, according to The Independent
- Baku, Azerbaijan
- Dallas, US
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Warsaw, Poland
- Miami, US
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- Vladikavkaz, Russia