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

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

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756 246
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Honolulu Hawaii

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

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

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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Los Angeles California

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Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

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

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Boston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Boston Massachusetts

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Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Las Vegas Nevada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Pebble Beach California, USA

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Mammoth Lakes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Mammoth Lakes California, USA

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

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

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

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

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Austin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Austin Texas

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

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Charleston is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Charleston South Carolina, USA

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

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

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Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
juanalverez added Kansas City Missouri, USA

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

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Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Down in Florida added Carlsbad New Mexico

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West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added West Hollywood California, USA

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

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

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

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June Lake, California is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
gamedemon24 added June Lake, California California, USA

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

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

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

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Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Philadelphia Area codes 215 and 267, Pennsylvania, USA

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Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
swimmingchic10 added Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

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

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

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Frankenmuth is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Down in Florida added Frankenmuth Michigan - Nicknamed "Little Bavaria," Frankenmuth is known for its German architecture and Bronner's Christmas Wonderland--"the world's largest Christmas store." 

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

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

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Ocean City is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Down in Florida added Ocean City Maryland, USA - Attracting 8 million visitors annually, Ocean City is one of the Mid-Atlantic's most popular beach towns.