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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758 255
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
668 325
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New York City New York

3
639 230
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
San Diego California

4
660 204
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Honolulu Hawaii

5
628 272
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Chicago Illinois

6
555 219
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

7
378 313
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Los Angeles California

8
554 246
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Las Vegas Nevada

9
561 263
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New Orleans Louisiana

10
562 183
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Seattle Washington

11
454 305
Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Boston Massachusetts

12
238 75
Napa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Napa California, USA

13
414 300
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Orlando Florida

14
213 116
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
180 83
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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251 118
Palm Springs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
arun added Palm Springs California, USA

17
224 107
Mammoth Lakes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Mammoth Lakes California, USA

18
53 28
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Monterey California, USA

19
451 193
Portland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Portland Oregon

20
47 25
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

21
361 226
Miami is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Miami Florida, USA

22
334 180
Aspen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Aspen Colorado

23
42 23
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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40 25
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Monica California, USA

25
38 23
Sausalito is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Sausalito California, USA

26
38 19
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Barbara California, USA

27
359 249
Austin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Austin Texas

28
36 34
Avalon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Avalon California, USA

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35 21
Malibu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Malibu California, USA

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35 21
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 43
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added West Hollywood California, USA

32
35 20
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Carlsbad California, USA

33
192 87
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
juanalverez added Kansas City Missouri, USA

34
78 48
June Lake, California is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
gamedemon24 added June Lake, California California, USA

35
67 43
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Anaheim California, USA

36
320 239
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Charleston South Carolina, USA

37
29 21
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Long Beach California, USA

38
27 19
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Cruz California, USA

39
26 20
Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Newport Beach California, USA

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

41
32 18
Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Beverly Hills California, USA

42
330 201
Savannah is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Savannah Georgia

43
26 14
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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84 63
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
MattSchwarck added Nashville Tennessee, USA

45
201 198
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
swimmingchic10 added Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

46
236 95
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA

47
21 16
Huntington Beach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Huntington Beach California, USA

48
15 8
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Niagara Falls New York, USA

49
179 150
Portland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Portland Maine, USA

50
23 7
San Jose is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Mark Lanzarotta added San Jose Silicon Valley, California, USA