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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888 372
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

2
826 393
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New York

3
792 260
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Hawaii

4
767 313
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

5
750 331
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Illinois

6
646 265
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

7
474 398
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

8
645 307
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Louisiana

9
639 312
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Nevada

10
533 353
Boston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Massachusetts

11
679 246
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Washington

12
479 361
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Florida

13
258 166
South Lake Tahoe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
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14
270 131
Napa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
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15
512 246
Portland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Oregon

16
421 272
Miami is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Florida, USA

17
380 213
Aspen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Colorado

18
281 170
Palm Springs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
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19
76 65
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

20
79 73
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

21
77 66
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

22
202 133
Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
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23
73 49
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

24
240 154
Mammoth Lakes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
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25
71 58
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA