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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808 290
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
San Francisco California

2
724 346
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New York City New York

3
706 218
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Honolulu Hawaii

4
681 254
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
San Diego California

5
671 293
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Chicago Illinois

6
591 234
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

7
413 341
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Los Angeles California

8
616 197
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Seattle Washington

9
585 278
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New Orleans Louisiana

10
581 268
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Las Vegas Nevada

11
478 321
Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Boston Massachusetts

12
439 314
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Orlando Florida

13
231 129
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

14
243 94
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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15
476 204
Portland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Portland Oregon

16
189 98
Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Pebble Beach California, USA

17
260 133
Palm Springs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
arun added Palm Springs California, USA

18
383 239
Miami is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Miami Florida, USA

19
233 122
Mammoth Lakes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Mammoth Lakes California, USA

20
349 185
Aspen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Aspen Colorado

21
60 40
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Monterey California, USA

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55 34
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

23
53 35
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Monica California, USA

24
51 31
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Laguna Beach California, USA

25
374 257
Austin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Austin Texas

26
47 30
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Barbara California, USA

27
43 29
Malibu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Malibu California, USA

28
40 33
Sausalito is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Sausalito California, USA

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37 43
Avalon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Avalon California, USA

30
332 243
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Charleston South Carolina, USA

31
89 54
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added West Hollywood California, USA

32
38 33
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
San Luis Obispo California, USA

33
201 95
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
juanalverez added Kansas City Missouri, USA

34
38 29
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Carlsbad California, USA

35
74 56
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Anaheim California, USA

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33 28
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Long Beach California, USA

37
81 58
June Lake, California is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
gamedemon24 added June Lake, California California, USA

38
30 28
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Cruz California, USA

39
31 29
Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Newport Beach California, USA

40
338 204
Savannah is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Savannah Georgia

41
26 27
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Encinitas California, USA

42
37 26
Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Beverly Hills California, USA

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98 68
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
MattSchwarck added Nashville Tennessee, USA

44
26 14
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Niagara Falls New York, USA

45
29 23
Yosemite Lakes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Yosemite Lakes California, USA

46
212 205
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
swimmingchic10 added Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

47
245 103
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Philadelphia Pennsylvania, USA

48
186 157
Portland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Portland Maine, USA

49
106 131
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Memphis Tennessee, USA

50
26 17
Salem, Massachusetts is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Salem, Massachusetts