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
872 356
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

2
809 386
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New York

3
771 255
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Hawaii

4
751 306
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

5
732 324
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Illinois

6
636 261
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

7
463 390
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

8
628 305
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Louisiana

9
630 306
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Nevada

10
521 348
Boston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Massachusetts

11
667 240
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Washington

12
471 356
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Florida

13
254 165
South Lake Tahoe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

14
264 129
Napa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

15
505 243
Portland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Oregon

16
415 271
Miami is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Florida, USA

17
376 209
Aspen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Colorado

18
277 166
Palm Springs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
arun added California, USA

19
76 71
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

20
199 130
Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

21
72 65
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

22
69 64
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

23
69 47
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

24
238 152
Mammoth Lakes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

25
391 289
Austin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Texas

26
67 57
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

27
61 48
Malibu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

28
222 114
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
juanalverez added Missouri, USA

29
359 259
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
South Carolina, USA

30
46 59
Sausalito is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

31
56 23
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added New York, USA

32
46 72
Avalon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

33
44 54
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

34
45 54
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Down in Florida added New Mexico

35
45 59
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

36
86 85
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

37
94 84
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

38
278 113
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Pennsylvania, USA

39
357 226
Savannah is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Georgia

40
86 79
June Lake, California is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
gamedemon24 added California, USA

41
124 89
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
MattSchwarck added Tennessee, USA

42
39 52
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

43
39 56
Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

44
238 214
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
swimmingchic10 added Minnesota, USA

45
217 169
Portland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Maine, USA

46
28 3
Hershey is listed (or ranked) 46 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.

47
50 28
Salem, Massachusetts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Salem, Massachusetts

48
238 144
Santa Fe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
AriannaLA added New Mexico, USA

49
39 42
Yosemite Lakes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

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