As unfriendliness goes, Moscow is the top city for giving travelers the cold shoulder, according to a new survey. Atlantic City, N.J., comes in second, followed by St. Petersburg, Russia; Marseilles, France; and Los Angeles.
Yes, sunny L.A. takes fifth place with a rudeness rating higher than New York City.
Travel + Leisure readers are the ones who weighed in and put 15 U.S. cities, including the nation's capital, on the snarky sites list.
The International Military Music Festival in Moscow's Red Square. (Maxim Shipenkov / European Pressphoto Agency)
T + L says: "We suspect the city’s notoriously bad traffic and general “aloofness” of the people contributed to its low ranking, as well as its culinary scene, which was also ranked dead last in this year’s poll."
2. Atlantic City, N.J.
Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (John Moore / Getty Images)
Economically embattled Atlantic City got a punch from the travelers who commented: “It’s fun—if you like to gamble and don’t mind rude, fast-paced people.”
3. St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Isaak's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. (Dmitry Lovetsky / Associated Press)
The architecture is stunning but apparently the demeanor of the city's residents is not.
4. Marseilles, France
(Boris Horvat / Associated Press)
"Unkempt and gritty" is how T+L described France's second-largest city.
5. Los Angeles
(Nick Ut / Associated Press)
Pretty people but too pretentious is what the travel magazine's readers say. “Rude, unhelpful people trying to scam you for everything” one commenter elaborated. Ouch.
And then there's this insult to Miami, which ranked No. 12: "It’s as if someone took the worst part of Los Angeles and slathered coconut oil all over it."
The rest are:
6. New York
9. Las Vegas
10. Cannes, France
14. Frankfurt, Germany
16. Providence, R.I.
17. Naples, Italy
19. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
20. St. Louis
21. Xi’an, China
22. Nice, France
23. Marrakesh, Morocco
24. Milan, Italy
25. Buenos Aires
26. Lyon, France
27. Shanghai, China
28. Monte Carlo, Monaco
29. Newport, R.I.
30. St. Petersburg, Fla.
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