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U.S. News & World Report Releases the 2018 Best Summer Vacations Rankings

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today released its new rankings of the Best Summer Vacations in the USA. The rankings highlight 20 destinations around the country that are ideal for a seasonal getaway.

Providing travelers with a living history lesson and access to the most famous baseball stadium in the country, Boston takes the No. 1 spot on the list of Best Summer Vacations in the USA. The No. 2 spot, Seaside, Oregon, is a family-friendly beach town that sees few crowds and provides easy access to nearby natural wonders. Coming in at No. 3, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is ideal for outdoor pursuits, such as hiking and camping.

For the budget-conscious traveler, U.S. News also rounded up the Best Cheap Summer Vacations. Known for its breathtaking beauty and massive size, the Grand Canyon snags the No. 1 spot, followed by Williamsburg, Virginia, at No. 2, which includes both historic and modern attractions at low costs. The No. 3 destination, Fort Myers, Florida, draws travelers with large nature reserves and easy access to nearby beaches.

Travelers considering international destinations can consult the Best Summer Vacations rankings. The No. 1 destination, Paris, offers iconic sights and sprawling neighborhoods to explore while the No. 2 spot, Florence, is famous for its abundance of architectural and cultural wonders. The No. 3 destination, Boston, offers both educational and recreational activities for all types of travelers.

In addition, U.S. News ranks the Best Beaches in the USA and the Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA. U.S. News also ranks several beaches by state, including the Best Beaches in North Carolina, the Best Beaches in Texas and the Best Beaches in New Jersey. Travelers looking for a European beach vacation can use the Best Beaches in Italy, Best Beaches in Spain and Best Beaches in France rankings to help plan their trip.

“Many travelers look forward to their hard-earned summer vacation, and we understand that picking the right destination is a crucial part of enjoying your trip,” said Gwen Shearman, travel editor at U.S. News. “U.S. News’ Best Summer Vacations rankings offer a variety of family-friendly and affordable getaways ideas for every traveler, whether your ideal trip includes adventures in a national park or relaxation on a sandy beach.”

U.S. News analyzed more than 700 destinations using a methodology that combines travelers’ opinions with expert and editor analysis. Each destination is scored in 10 categories, from sights, culture and food to nightlife, adventure and romance, offering a comprehensive evaluation of each destination. These rankings are part of the expanding U.S. News Travel channel, which evaluates the Best Hotels, Best Cruise Lines and Best Travel Rewards Programs.

Best Summer Vacations in the USA

Seaside, Oregon
Steamboat Springs , Colorado
Nashville, Tennessee
Portland, Oregon

Best Summer Vacations

Florence, Italy
Seaside, Oregon

Best Cheap Summer Vacations

Grand Canyon, Arizona
Williamsburg, Virginia
Fort Myers, Florida
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA

Outer Banks, North Carolina
Destin, Florida
Maui, Hawaii
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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About U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News, provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 30 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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