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
687 328
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New York City New York

3
651 235
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
San Diego California

4
670 210
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Honolulu Hawaii

5
644 278
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Chicago Illinois

6
564 223
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

7
387 323
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Los Angeles California

8
563 252
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Las Vegas Nevada

9
568 267
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New Orleans Louisiana

10
572 186
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Seattle Washington

11
462 307
Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Boston Massachusetts

12
239 81
Napa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Napa California, USA

13
421 301
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Orlando Florida

14
217 118
South Lake Tahoe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added South Lake Tahoe California, USA

15
182 87
Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Pebble Beach California, USA

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56 29
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Monterey California, USA

17
227 112
Mammoth Lakes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Mammoth Lakes California, USA

18
252 123
Palm Springs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
arun added Palm Springs California, USA

19
458 196
Portland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Portland Oregon

20
366 228
Miami is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Miami Florida, USA

21
337 181
Aspen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Aspen Colorado

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48 28
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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44 25
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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41 28
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Monica California, USA

25
362 251
Austin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Austin Texas

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38 25
Sausalito is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Sausalito California, USA

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40 21
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Barbara California, USA

28
36 36
Avalon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Avalon California, USA

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37 23
Malibu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Malibu California, USA

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36 24
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
San Luis Obispo California, USA

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84 46
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added West Hollywood California, USA

32
36 22
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Carlsbad California, USA

33
323 239
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Charleston South Carolina, USA

34
193 89
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
juanalverez added Kansas City Missouri, USA

35
79 50
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

36
30 22
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Long Beach California, USA

37
67 46
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Anaheim California, USA

38
27 21
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Cruz California, USA

39
26 22
Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Newport Beach California, USA

40
24 20
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Encinitas California, USA

41
332 201
Savannah is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Savannah Georgia

42
33 20
Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Beverly Hills California, USA

43
26 16
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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87 64
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
MattSchwarck added Nashville Tennessee, USA

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203 199
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
swimmingchic10 added Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

46
17 9
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Niagara Falls New York, USA

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181 151
Portland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Portland Maine, USA

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236 98
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Philadelphia Area codes 215 and 267, Pennsylvania, USA

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21 18
Huntington Beach is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Huntington Beach California, USA

50
101 123
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Memphis Tennessee, USA