Verizon Lists 25 Most Hospitable U.S. Cities Based on Hotel, Motel and Bed and Breakfast Listings

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DALLAS, TX - Florida is the most hospitable state, according to a national survey by Verizon [], the premier online shopping and local search site. Accommodations in the Sunshine State range from glitzy Miami Beach hotels to motels near tourist attractions in Orlando to retirement bungalows and romantic bed and breakfast establishments along the coast. Miami tops the list of 25 "Most Hospitable Cities," with Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Clearwater and St. Petersburg also in the Top 10.

The list of "Most Hospitable Cities" appears on the special summer travel page of The rankings are based on the number of listings in the "Hotels," "Motels," and "Bed & Breakfast" categories in yellow pages directories published by Verizon Information Services in more than 1,000 locations.

The "Most Hospitable Cities" are:

  1. Miami, Florida
  2. Dallas, Texas
  3. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. Clearwater, Florida
  6. St. Petersburg, Florida
  7. Atlanta, Georgia
  8. Cape May-Wildwood, New Jersey
  9. Denver, Colorado
  10. Portland, Oregon - Vancouver, Washington
  11. San Antonio, Texas
  12. New York City
  13. Phoenix, Arizona.
  14. Fort Worth - Arlington, Texas
  15. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  16. Volusia County, Florida
  17. Jacksonville, Florida
  18. Biddeford - Kennebunkport, Maine
  19. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  20. Boston, Massachusetts
  21. Salt Lake City, Utah
  22. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  23. Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  24. Washington, D.C.
  25. Seattle, Washington

"The list would be different if we counted rooms or beds," says Eric Chandler, vice president of e-commerce marketing for "But we're counting the total number of different lodging choices in each location. This lets travelers know they have a variety of accommodations to choose from.''

Chandler added, "We've previously ranked the 25 'Most Fun' and 'Tastiest' cities to show how is your most valuable resource to search for local information."

The popular Web site also includes travel tips from Samantha Brown of the Travel Channel. Her advice covers shopping for trip supplies, packing your luggage, coping with problems en route and finding local information once you arrive at your destination.

To find a restaurant's phone number or location, Brown likes the versatility of superpages on the go - a complete information resource on Verizon Wireless Get It Now phones. For one low monthly fee, subscribers get maps and driving directions, restaurant reviews, weather forecasts and directory information - right over the cell phone.

"If you have a Verizon Wireless phone, sign up for superpages on the go," she says. "It allows you to find hotels, restaurants or tourist attractions along your route -- or at your destination. Imagine - no stopping at the gas station to ask the attendant!"

The complete list of Samantha Brown's travel tips is available on Verizon [], the nation's best Internet directory.

About Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown is a travel expert and the host of several popular programs on the Travel Channel including Passport to Europe with Samantha Brown, Great Hotels, Interstitials, Girl Meets Hawaii and Great Vacation Homes.

Before becoming a travel television personality, Brown was a working actress in New York City, starring in off-Broadway hits like June Moon and Brutality of Fact. She graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theater.

About Verizon

Verizon Information Services, a division of Verizon Communications Corp. (NYSE: VZ), is the nation's most advanced provider of yellow pages and related shopping information. It has $3.6 billion in revenues from products including: Verizon SuperPages yellow pages; Verizon (, the nation's number 1 Internet directory and a leading online shopping resource; and the superpages on the go information directory offered through Verizon Wireless Get It Now services and on other wireless carriers. The company is the largest publisher of Hispanic directories in the U.S. and the first to provide a Hispanic online shopping resource ( .

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