America 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!

For more US travel suggestions, check out this list of the best museums in the US.
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876 366
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

2
814 389
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New York

3
780 257
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Hawaii

4
759 309
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

5
739 326
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Illinois

6
639 263
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

7
467 393
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

8
637 307
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Louisiana

9
633 310
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Nevada

10
528 351
Boston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Massachusetts

11
675 243
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Washington

12
474 360
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Florida

13
255 166
South Lake Tahoe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

14
265 131
Napa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

15
508 246
Portland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Oregon

16
417 272
Miami is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Florida, USA

17
377 211
Aspen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Colorado

18
278 169
Palm Springs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
arun added California, USA

19
78 72
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

20
200 132
Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

21
72 65
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

22
74 66
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

23
71 49
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

24
239 154
Mammoth Lakes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

25
394 292
Austin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Texas

26
69 58
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

27
63 50
Malibu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

28
226 116
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
juanalverez added Missouri, USA

29
361 260
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
South Carolina, USA

30
48 60
Sausalito is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

31
56 25
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added New York, USA

32
46 73
Avalon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

33
44 56
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

34
45 55
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Down in Florida added New Mexico

35
87 85
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

36
96 86
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

37
45 60
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

38
280 114
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Pennsylvania, USA

39
360 227
Savannah is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Georgia

40
126 90
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
MattSchwarck added Tennessee, USA

41
86 81
June Lake, California is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
gamedemon24 added California, USA

42
40 53
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

43
41 57
Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

44
238 216
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
swimmingchic10 added Minnesota, USA

45
217 171
Portland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Maine, USA

46
50 30
Salem, Massachusetts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Salem, Massachusetts

47
30 4
Hershey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Down in Florida added Hershey Pennsylvania -

Home of Hersheypark, ZooAmerica, Hershey Gardens, and plenty of museums, Hershey is a wonderful get-away for families and solo travelers alike.

48
166 111
Providence is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Rhode Island, USA

49
239 146
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
AriannaLA added New Mexico, USA

50
49 54
Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA