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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860 349
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

2
793 383
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New York

3
762 252
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Hawaii

4
740 301
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

5
723 321
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Illinois

6
623 260
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

7
451 389
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California

8
617 302
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Louisiana

9
622 303
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Nevada

10
513 347
Boston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Massachusetts

11
658 236
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Washington

12
463 352
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Florida

13
249 162
South Lake Tahoe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

14
258 127
Napa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

15
501 239
Portland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Oregon

16
371 207
Aspen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Colorado

17
406 270
Miami is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Florida, USA

18
274 165
Palm Springs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
arun added California, USA

19
74 69
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

20
197 129
Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

21
67 61
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

22
238 150
Mammoth Lakes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

23
69 63
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

24
66 46
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

25
389 287
Austin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Texas

26
65 55
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

27
59 47
Malibu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

28
221 110
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
juanalverez added Missouri, USA

29
354 258
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
South Carolina, USA

30
46 57
Sausalito is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

31
54 20
Niagara Falls is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added New York, USA

32
46 69
Avalon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

33
24 1
Hershey is listed (or ranked) 33 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.

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43 51
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

35
17 0
Ketchikan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Down in Florida added Ketchikan Alaska, USA

36
45 51
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Down in Florida added New Mexico

37
94 80
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

38
44 57
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

39
84 82
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added California, USA

40
86 77
June Lake, California is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
gamedemon24 added California, USA

41
354 224
Savannah is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Georgia

42
275 112
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Pennsylvania, USA

43
39 50
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

44
121 88
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
MattSchwarck added Tennessee, USA

45
15 0
Appleton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Down in Florida added Wisconsin, USA - Sitting a few miles south of Green Bay, Appleton is a great town for travelers to explore. Known for its Oktoberfest and Christmas Parade celebrations, Appleton also offers visitors access to parks, museums, and shopping venues.

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38 53
Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA

47
235 212
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
swimmingchic10 added Minnesota, USA

48
214 167
Portland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Maine, USA

49
48 28
Salem, Massachusetts is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Salem, Massachusetts

50
31 48
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
California, USA