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Walla Walla named "Friendliest Small Town" by Rand McNally/USA Today

Rand McNalley/USA Today Best of the Road - Best Small Towns in America

Friendliest
Walla Walla, Wash.

Team that visited: Jason and Nikki Wynn ("Gone with the Wynns") of Dallas, who were the winning team

What made it stand out: This southeastern Washington community may be famous for its sweet onions and growing wine industry, but those aren't the only things that put a smile on the Wynns' lips. "You can ride your bike around the entire city in the morning, see kids at the BMX park in the afternoon and see a musical under the stars in the evening," they say. "It seemed everyone was involved and loved their city, from wine growers and politicians to cleanup crews. This is a happy town which made for friendly people."

Don't miss: "If you're here during the summer, go for a hot-air balloon ride" and visit one of the area's more than 100 wineries, the Wynns suggest.

Biggest surprise: The historic Marcus Whitman Hotel, which the Wynns say has "an amazing chef's table service with loads of local ingredients and micro-greens grown at the hotel."

More information: 877-998-4748  wallawalla.org

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