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!

For more US travel suggestions, check out this list of the best museums in the US.
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1
871 355
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

2
807 386
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New York

3
769 254
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Hawaii

4
748 305
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

5
731 324
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Illinois

6
632 261
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

7
462 390
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

8
627 304
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Louisiana

9
628 305
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Nevada

10
519 347
Boston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Massachusetts

11
665 239
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Washington

12
470 355
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Florida

13
254 164
South Lake Tahoe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

14
262 129
Napa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

15
504 242
Portland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Oregon

16
414 271
Miami is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Florida, USA

17
376 208
Aspen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Colorado

18
276 165
Palm Springs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
arun added California, USA

19
75 70
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

20
198 129
Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

21
71 64
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

22
68 63
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

23
69 46
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

24
238 151
Mammoth Lakes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

25
390 288
Austin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Texas

26
65 56
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

27
60 47
Malibu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

28
222 112
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
juanalverez added Missouri, USA

29
359 258
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
South Carolina, USA

30
18 0
Ketchikan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Down in Florida added Ketchikan Alaska, USA

31
46 58
Sausalito is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

32
55 22
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added New York, USA

33
46 71
Avalon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

34
43 53
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

35
45 53
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Down in Florida added New Mexico

36
45 58
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

37
86 84
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

38
94 83
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

39
278 112
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Pennsylvania, USA

40
356 225
Savannah is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Georgia

41
86 78
June Lake, California is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
gamedemon24 added California, USA

42
122 88
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
MattSchwarck added Tennessee, USA

43
39 51
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

44
38 55
Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

45
237 213
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
swimmingchic10 added Minnesota, USA

46
215 169
Portland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Maine, USA

47
49 28
Salem, Massachusetts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Salem, Massachusetts

48
27 3
Hershey is listed (or ranked) 48 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.

49
237 144
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
AriannaLA added New Mexico, USA

50
123 146
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Tennessee, USA