The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations Cities / Towns

The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

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Vacationing in cities may not be as restful as spending a week or two out by the lake, and it may not always be the best option for families, but does bring its own pleasures. Major American cities all offer their own unique culture and atmosphere, and many have intriguing sub-cultures and fascinating neighborhoods to explore. Some of the best times exploring new cities can be spent investigating the local arts district, trying out a trendy new restaurant or wandering around a newly-developed area, in addition to the more traditional museum, zoo and shopping excursions.

The US cities on this list include some of the most populated, as well as some out of the way destinations. It's a CrowdRanked list, so help improve it by voting on your favorite cities for vacations, or make your own list to suggest some more cities no one else has included yet!

For more US travel suggestions, check out this list of the best museums in the US.
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    San Francisco

    California, Northern California, Contiguous United States More
    100
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    New York City

    Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America More
    96
  3. 3
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    Down 125

    often listed
    Honolulu

    Hawaiian Islands More
    94
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Chicago

    Illinois, Chicago metropolitan area, United States, with Territories More
    92
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Washington, D.C.

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    87
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    New Orleans

    Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with ... More
    85
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Boston

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    84
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    often listed
    San Diego

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    84
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Las Vegas

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    83
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    ranked high on reranks
    Seattle

    Washington, Western United States, Northwestern United States More
    80
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Orlando

    Florida, Area code 407, Contiguous United States More
    73
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    ranked high on reranks
    Portland

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    71
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    often listed
    Austin

    Texas, Contiguous United States, Area code 512 More
    67
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    ranked high on reranks
    Aspen

    Colorado, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    65
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    often listed &controversial
    Los Angeles

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    63
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    Florida, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    63
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    Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with ... More
    59
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    United States, with Territories, Georgia, Area code 912 More
    57
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    ranked low on reranks
    Kansas City

    Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with ... More
    55
    added by: juanalverez
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    Area code 612, United States, with Territories, Minnesota More
    52
    added by: swimmingchic10
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    Pennsylvania, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    52
    added by: azazelbadazz
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    controversial
    Portland

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    50
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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    50
    added by: AriannaLA
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    niche appeal
    Key West

    Florida, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    49
    added by: hellodalai
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    No image

    niche appeal
    West Yellowstone

    Montana, United States, with Territories, Gallatin County More
    49
    added by: hellodalai
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    niche appeal
    Longboat Key

    Florida, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    49
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    Area code 720, Colorado, United States, with Territories More
    48
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    niche appeal
    Victoria

    Canada, North America, Americas More
    48
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    niche appeal
    Napa

    California, Northern California, Contiguous United States More
    47
    added by: hellodalai
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    controversial
    Estes Park

    Colorado, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    47
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    controversial
    Albuquerque

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    47
    added by: AriannaLA
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    controversial
    Park City

    Contiguous United States, United States of America, Utah More
    46
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    Up 22
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    niche appeal
    Palm Springs

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    46
    added by: arun
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    controversial
    Steamboat Springs

    Colorado, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    46
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    controversial
    San Antonio

    Texas, Area code 210, Contiguous United States More
    46
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    Up 27
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    Contiguous United States, United States of America, Utah More
    46
  37. 37
    Up 14
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    niche appeal
    Mammoth Lakes

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    46
    added by: hellodalai
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    niche appeal
    Sarasota

    Florida, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    46
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    Up 17
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    niche appeal
    Sedona

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    45
    added by: hellodalai
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    Up 11
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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    44
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    niche appeal
    Pebble Beach

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    44
    added by: hellodalai
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    Tennessee, Area code 615, United States, with Territories More
    44
    added by: MattSchwarck
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    niche appeal
    South Lake Tahoe

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    44
    added by: hellodalai
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    Up 13
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    niche appeal
    Provincetown

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    43
    added by: hellodalai
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    Up 17
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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    43
    added by: hellodalai
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    controversial
    Memphis

    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    43
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    United States of America, United States, with Territories, Americas More
    43
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    niche appeal
    Vail

    Colorado, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    43
    added by: hellodalai
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    Up 13
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    Texas, Contiguous United States, United States of America More
    42
    added by: hellodalai
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    niche appeal
    Pigeon Forge

    Tennessee, United States, with Territories, Sevier County More
    42
    added by: ChrissyStanley
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