101 most comfortable cities for travelers

Revealing the comfiest U.S. cities based on millions of reviews

Vacations are all about the excitement of dabbling in a new city—stumbling across hole-in-the-wall restaurants, getting lost at museum exhibits, and flirting with the nightlife. After a day’s worth of adventures in a new city, there’s nothing quite as good as the promise of a cloud-like hotel mattress and feathery pillows.

Contrary to popular belief, there is rest for the weary, and it is possible to find hotel comfort during your travels. Here at Expedia Viewfinder, we understand the challenges of finding heavenly linens and comfortable beds while road tripping or city hopping, so we took matters into our own hands.

We pulled 2014 data from millions of verified Expedia user reviews, and determined the top 101 U.S. cities with the highest hotel comfort ratings. These reviews covered everything from the most comfortable hotel beds to the coziest amenities. The top score for the best cities was 4.6 out of 5, with the last city on the list ranking a score of 4.2. We spotlighted the top 10 cities and provided a sneak peek of 10 other contenders.

Check out the 101 most comfortable cities for travelers in 2016 for updated city rankings and information.

1. Deadwood, South Dakota

1. Deadwood, South Dakota

Some may recognize this city from the HBO series, Deadwood, which takes place during the 1876 gold rush. At this time, the South Dakota frontier town was a lawless playground for gun-toting legends like Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. Today, some visit Deadwood to get a glimpse of the city showcased in the series, while others are drawn to the town’s lively past. Deadwood is a national historic landmark, where you can pan for nuggets at the Broken Boot Gold Mine and marvel at the antique treasures at Deadwood’s Wild Bills Trading Post. Discover the true Wild West during a shootout on Main Street or a reenactment of the Trail Trial of Jack McCall.

2. Crested Butte, Colorado

2. Crested Butte, Colorado
Courtesy of Town of Crested Butte

Crested Butte, Colorado, was made for the outdoor enthusiast. Surrounded by the Elk Mountain Range in the Colorado Rockies, this nature spot welcomes adventurers to breathe in crisp mountain air and get pumped for the surge of an adrenaline rush. Charge down the dirt trails on mountain bikes by summer, and carve up the backcountry terrain at Crested Butte Mountain Resort by winter. During the cooler months, this rugged destination transforms into what the locals like to call the Nordic Ski Capital of Colorado.

3. Rogers, Arkansas

3. Rogers, Arkansas
Courtesy of Visit Rogers

Tucked in the northwest corner of Arkansas, Rogers, is home to the world’s first Walmart, which opened in 1962. In addition to its retail history, the city is overflowing with stories of its early days. The Rogers Commercial Historic District includes buildings that date back to 1885, while the Historical Museum is where you’ll find relics and artifacts. Climb aboard the caboose in Frisco Park and explore the Hawkins House to get a deeper sense of this city’s past.

4. Katy, Texas

4. Katy, Texas
Courtesy of City of Katy

Katy, Texas, features a small-town feel, but it’s just close enough to Houston to soak up some big city vibes. It sits in the eastern region of Texas, just 30 miles west of Space City. Every year, Katy hosts a number of family events that showcase the Texas town’s colorful personality. Catch the Katy ISD FFA Livestock Show and Rodeo, which rounds up some of the best bull riders in the nation, or celebrate the city’s heritage at the annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival.

5. Marco Island, Florida

5. Marco Island, Florida

Although Marco Island is only 6 miles by 4 miles, it’s home to more than 100 miles of waterways. Surprisingly the largest of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, Marco Island fits a lot of adventure into such a compact space. Sun worshippers and water lovers often venture to Marco Island to kayak along the mangrove forests at Naples Bay Resort, paddle board along the coast of Tigertail Beach, and cruise around in a swamp buggy in the Everglades. During your Florida romp, cast a line for some snook in the backwaters, and take a sunset sail around the Gulf.

6. Minot, North Dakota

6. Minot, North Dakota
Courtesy of Visit Minot

Minot may be a small town in North Dakota, but its size doesn’t keep it from packing a powerful cultural punch. Known as Magic City, it has a strong connection to Scandinavian heritage and it even hosts Norsk Høstfest, the biggest Scandinavian festival in North America. Along with its northern European influence, Minot is big on the arts scene. During your visit, listen to the sweet sounds of the Brass Band of Minot, Minot Symphony Orchestra, or Minot Chamber Chorale, and don’t miss a performance by the Minot Area Theatrical Society.

7. Wailea, Hawaii

7. Wailea, Hawaii

If only describing the crescent-shaped beaches, fiery sunsets, and tranquil ambience could do Wailea, Hawaii, justice. This resort community in South Maui is the epitome of a vacation paradise with palm-tree lined shores and golf courses boasting ocean views. While sojourning in this island oasis, mosey around the high-end boutiques at The Shops at Wailea, snorkel around sun-drenched Polo Beach, and relish an authentic Hawaiian luau.

8. Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania

8. Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
Courtesy of Cranberry Township

With a name like Cranberry Township, this city is bound to be sweet. Located 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, it’s a quaint Pennsylvania town that features a number of inviting parks that attract both visitors and locals. During the summertime, cannonball into the pool at Cranberry Township Community Waterpark, where you’ll find a massive 120-foot waterslide, or land a handplant at the AE Ride Skatepark. Cranberry Township also features Graham Park, North Boundary Park, Rotary Dog Park, and other open spaces.

9. Victoria, Texas

9. Victoria, TexasCourtesy of City of Victoria, Texas

Victoria is another Texas city that made it in the top ten. This destination is teeming with history, as it features a whopping 80 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Some vacationers mosey over to Victoria to grab a bite to eat at Fossati’s Delicatessen, one of the oldest restaurants in the United States, while others explore De Leon Plaza, which is an area marked by the original colony’s founder, Martin De Leon. Other places for a history lesson include the Museum of the Coastal Bend and the Hiller House.

10. South Yarmouth, Massachusetts

10. South Yarmouth, MassachusettsCourtesy of Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce

South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, ranks number 10 on the list. A quintessential Cape Cod town, South Yarmouth is a charismatic waterfront region that overlooks Bass River and is just minutes from Nantucket Sound. Summertime sojourners beeline to Bass River Beach to bask on the shores, collect seashells, bait some bluefish, and nosh on the freshest seafood.

11. Columbia, MD
12. Eagle Pass, TX
13. Herndon, VA
14. Port Saint Lucie, FL
15. Williamsport, PA
16. Jackson, WY

One glimpse at Jackson’s mountainous landscape and you’ll understand its allure. Enveloped by Teton and Gros Ventre mountain ranges, Jackson is renowned for its diverse wildlife and nearby ski resorts.

17. Tupelo, MS
18. Frisco, TX
19. Bentonville, AR
20. Covington, LA
21. Cambridge, MA

There’s more to Cambridge than the college life, but you will learn a thing or two at the city’s museums. From the Harvard Museum of Natural History to the Museum of Comparative Zoology, this town’s exhibits will prep you for everything from final exams to trivia nights.  

22. Richardson, TX
23. Palm Coast, FL
24. Grapevine, TX
25. Big Sky, MT
26. Orange Beach, AL
27. Minneapolis, MN
28. Coronado, CA
29. Cody, WY
30. Schaumburg, IL
31. Bonita Springs, FL
32. Chester, VA
33. Portland, ME

Portland, located on a peninsula in Casco Bay, is the largest city in Maine. It’s an up-and-coming foodie destination famous for boiled Maine lobster, but also the Italian sandwich; the seaside city’s claim to fame.

34. Gettysburg, PA
35. Pensacola Beach, FL
36. Dublin, OH
37. Bethlehem, PA
38. Jersey City, NJ
39. Woodbridge, VA
40. Lake Placid, NY

Lake Placid hosted the 1980 Winter Olympics, where the USA hockey team—the underdogs—beat, the USSR powerhouse. Along with its claim to sports fame, this village in the Adirondack Mountains is a mecca for outdoor adventures, from ice climbing and country skiing in the winter to mountain biking and hiking in the summer.

41. Novi, MI
42. Springdale, AR
43. Alpharetta, GA
44. Springdale, UT
45. Stafford, VA
46. Princeton, NJ

While Princeton is perhaps best known for being home to Princeton University, which has been around since 1746, the city showcases a number of other must-visit attractions. Don’t miss the Princeton Battle Monument, Carnegie Lake, and the Morven Museum and Garden.

47. Brookfield, WI
48. Springfield, VA
49. Buffalo, NY
50. Ridgeland, MS
51. Idaho Falls, ID
52. Mishawaka, IN
53. Sonoma, CA

Raise a glass and toast to wine country. Sonoma is regarded as the birthplace of winemaking in the Golden State, where rustic vineyards are scatted among grapevine-laden fields.

54. Calistoga, CA
55. New Smyrna Beach, FL
56. Branson, MO
57. Hanover, MD
58. Brentwood, TN
59. Danbury, CT
60. Daphne, AL
61. Deming, NM
62. Napa, CA
63. Providence, RI
64. Mooresville, NC
65. Texas City, TX
66. Biloxi, MS

Biloxi is a charming southern city, located along the Mississippi Sound. Originally settled in 1699, it’s one of the nation’s oldest communities, brimming with historical sites and museums, from the Bond-Grant House to the Biloxi Fire Museum.

67. Fairfax, VA
68. Cambria, CA
69. Charleston, WV
70. Eden Prairie, MN
71. Tifton, GA
72. Klamath Falls, OR
73. Perry, GA
74. Layton, UT
75. Glendale, AZ
76. Fernandina Beach, FL
77. Naperville, IL
78. Chapel Hill, NC
79. Siesta Key, FL

Siesta Key is an eight-mile island with white-sand beaches and sparkling blue waters, situated to the west of the Sunshine State. Soaking up rays on Turtle Beach, deep-sea fishing, and watching the sunset from Point of Rocks are must-do activities along the coast.

80. Huntersville, NC
81. Twentynine Palms, CA
82. Rosemont, IL
83. Sterling, VA
84. Newport, RI
85. Evansville, IN
86. Pleasanton, CA
87. Chantilly, VA
88. Aspen, CO
89. Telluride, CO
90. Plattsburgh, NY
91. Rochester, NY
92. Falls Church, VA
93. Manchester, NH
94. Lombard, IL
95. Killeen, TX

Killeen sits the heart of the Lone Star State, just north of Austin. An otherwise quaint and quiet town, Killeen is known for hosting the Annual County Fair and Rodeo, which highlights its western roots with roping contests, parades, carnival rides, and more.

96. Astoria, OR
97. Koloa, HI
98. Chicago, IL
99. Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is no stranger to monuments, memorials, and museums. The National Mall is where you’ll find some of the country’s most iconic structures, including the Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, along with the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Castle, and the National Air and Space Museum. 

100. Sedona, AZ
101. Irvine, CA

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Chloe Mulliner

As a staff writer for Expedia, Chloe Mulliner is dedicated to providing top travel tips for your jaunts around the world. She believes there are adventures to be had on every inch of the globe from surf spots on the Peruvian coast to the charming villages of the English countryside. Chloe specializes in showcasing all the must-see attractions on your travel wish list. She lives by the belief that every adventure is a story worth sharing.

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