Walla Walla Named Friendliest City in America

<p>Walla Walla logo (courtesy Creative Commons)</p>

Walla Walla logo (courtesy Creative Commons)

Walla Walla has been named the friendliest city in America according to Rand McNally.

The announcement was made this morning and people around Walla Walla are buzzing about the new distinction.

"That's so exciting, I had wondered if we were going to get it." Stephanie Kytola said.

Walla Walla was selected for the "Best of the Road Competition" after a social media campaign landed the town in the top six.

Two judges came to Walla Walla and were given a tour of the city and the opportunity to meet as many people as possible.

Mary Derby, DaMe Wines owner, said she was very excited to hear about Walla Walla being chosen, and thought it could help business a little bit.

"We hope that being named the friendliest town in America will bring in more tourism of course because who wants to go to a town that's not friendly." Derby said.

The other cities Walla Walla beat out for friendliest were Lake Havasu, AZ; Mount Airy, NC; Nacogdoches, TX; Valdosta, GA and Woodward, OK.

The two judges said the biggest surprise of the city was the Marcus Whitman Hotel.

They were surprised with the exclusive chef's table in the kitchen and that the hotel grew their own micro-greens inside the hotel.