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

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

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

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

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

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

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Seattle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Seattle Washington

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New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New Orleans Louisiana

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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Las Vegas Nevada

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Boston Massachusetts

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South Lake Tahoe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added South Lake Tahoe California, USA

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

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

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Portland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Portland Oregon

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Palm Springs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
arun added Palm Springs California, USA

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Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Pebble Beach California, USA

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Miami is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Miami Florida, USA

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Aspen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Aspen Colorado

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Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Carmel-by-the-Sea California, USA

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Monterey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Monterey California, USA

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Mammoth Lakes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Mammoth Lakes California, USA

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

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

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Austin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Austin Texas

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

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

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

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Sausalito is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Sausalito California, USA

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Charleston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Charleston South Carolina, USA

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West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added West Hollywood California, USA

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

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Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
juanalverez added Kansas City Missouri, USA

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

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Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Anaheim California, USA

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

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June Lake, California is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
gamedemon24 added June Lake, California California, USA

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Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Newport Beach California, USA

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Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Cruz California, USA

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Savannah is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Savannah Georgia

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

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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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Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Niagara Falls New York, USA

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

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Yosemite Lakes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Yosemite Lakes California, USA

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Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
swimmingchic10 added Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Philadelphia Area codes 215 and 267, Pennsylvania, USA

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

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Memphis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Memphis Tennessee, USA

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Key West is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Key West Florida, USA