Cities 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. All these criteria help determine the top vacation cities in the the US.

Your votes will determine the best cities for vacation time. 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!

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San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
San Francisco California

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2
663 321
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New York City New York

3
656 200
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Honolulu Hawaii

4
629 228
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
San Diego California

5
624 261
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Chicago Illinois

6
546 213
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

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365 312
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Los Angeles California

8
554 260
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New Orleans Louisiana

9
549 243
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Las Vegas Nevada

10
449 301
Boston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Boston Massachusetts

11
559 179
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Seattle Washington

12
234 72
Napa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Napa California, USA

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412 296
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Orlando Florida

14
179 79
Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Pebble Beach California, USA

15
210 114
South Lake Tahoe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added South Lake Tahoe California, USA

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221 104
Mammoth Lakes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Mammoth Lakes California, USA

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248 115
Palm Springs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
arun added Palm Springs California, USA

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51 24
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Monterey California, USA

19
448 189
Portland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Portland Oregon

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333 174
Aspen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Aspen Colorado

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357 221
Miami is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Miami Florida, USA

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44 22
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Carmel-by-the-Sea California, USA

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40 19
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Laguna Beach California, USA

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356 246
Austin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Austin Texas

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34 30
Avalon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Avalon California, USA

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36 19
Sausalito is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Sausalito California, USA

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36 23
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Monica California, USA

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190 84
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
juanalverez added Kansas City Missouri, USA

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33 17
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
San Luis Obispo California, USA

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33 18
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Barbara California, USA

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318 237
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Charleston South Carolina, USA

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32 19
Malibu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Malibu California, USA

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33 16
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Carlsbad California, USA

34
79 42
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added West Hollywood California, USA

35
76 46
June Lake, California is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
gamedemon24 added June Lake, California California, USA

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27 19
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Long Beach California, USA

37
64 41
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Anaheim California, USA

38
25 17
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Cruz California, USA

39
329 198
Savannah is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Savannah Georgia

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24 18
Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Newport Beach California, USA

41
22 16
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Encinitas California, USA

42
84 58
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
MattSchwarck added Nashville Tennessee, USA

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24 12
Yosemite Lakes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Yosemite Lakes California, USA

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28 17
Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Beverly Hills California, USA

45
200 196
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
swimmingchic10 added Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

46
236 92
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
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118 148
Estes Park is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Estes Park Colorado, USA

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178 147
Portland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Portland Maine, USA

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14 5
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Niagara Falls New York, USA

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95 97
St. Augustine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
rkb6900 added St. Augustine Florida, USA - The Nations Oldest City