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!

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779 269
San Francisco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
San Francisco California

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2
694 331
New York City is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New York City New York

3
662 237
San Diego is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
San Diego California

4
677 212
Honolulu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Honolulu Hawaii

5
651 281
Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Chicago Illinois

6
570 223
Washington, D.C. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations

7
393 325
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Los Angeles California

8
569 253
Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Las Vegas Nevada

9
570 270
New Orleans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
New Orleans Louisiana

10
579 187
Seattle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Seattle Washington

11
465 309
Boston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Boston Massachusetts

12
239 82
Napa is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Napa California, USA

13
220 119
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
423 304
Orlando is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Orlando Florida

15
184 88
Pebble Beach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Pebble Beach California, USA

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57 30
Monterey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Monterey California, USA

17
228 113
Mammoth Lakes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Mammoth Lakes California, USA

18
461 197
Portland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Portland Oregon

19
253 125
Palm Springs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
arun added Palm Springs California, USA

20
370 231
Miami is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Miami Florida, USA

21
51 28
Carmel-by-the-Sea is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Carmel-by-the-Sea California, USA

22
339 181
Aspen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Aspen Colorado

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46 25
Laguna Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Laguna Beach California, USA

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42 29
Santa Monica is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Monica California, USA

25
364 253
Austin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Austin Texas

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38 26
Sausalito is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Sausalito California, USA

27
40 23
Santa Barbara is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Barbara California, USA

28
36 37
Avalon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Avalon California, USA

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38 23
Malibu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Malibu California, USA

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36 25
San Luis Obispo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
San Luis Obispo California, USA

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85 47
West Hollywood is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added West Hollywood California, USA

32
36 23
Carlsbad is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Carlsbad California, USA

33
325 239
Charleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Charleston South Carolina, USA

34
194 90
Kansas City is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
juanalverez added Kansas City Missouri, USA

35
69 46
Anaheim is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
hellodalai added Anaheim California, USA

36
79 51
June Lake, California is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
gamedemon24 added June Lake, California California, USA

37
30 23
Long Beach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Long Beach California, USA

38
28 22
Santa Cruz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Santa Cruz California, USA

39
26 23
Newport Beach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Newport Beach California, USA

40
24 21
Encinitas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Encinitas California, USA

41
333 201
Savannah is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Savannah Georgia

42
34 20
Beverly Hills is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Beverly Hills California, USA

43
26 17
Yosemite Lakes is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Yosemite Lakes California, USA

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19 10
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
89 65
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
MattSchwarck added Nashville Tennessee, USA

46
205 200
Minneapolis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
swimmingchic10 added Minneapolis Minnesota, USA

47
240 98
Philadelphia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Philadelphia Area codes 215 and 267, Pennsylvania, USA

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183 151
Portland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Portland Maine, USA

49
104 124
Memphis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Memphis Tennessee, USA

50
22 19
Huntington Beach is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best U.S. Cities for Vacations
Huntington Beach California, USA