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Boston Is the Best Summer Vacation Spot in the Country

According to new travel rankings from U.S. News and World Report, the Hub is the best place to visit when it's nice outside.


Beautiful Boston, Massachusetts, USA on a beautiful day in autumn as seen from Cambridge.

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If Miami’s pristine beaches are calling like a siren’s song or the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon has you dreaming of the trip of a lifetime, don’t act just yet: You’re already in America’s top summer vacation spot.

According to new rankings from U.S. News and World Report, good ole’ Boston is the best place to spend some time away from work when the mercury rises. Between the Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, and Faneuil Hall, no other spot in the country can hold a candlestick bowling pin to the Hub, which also tops the list of New England weekend getaways and places to visit in August.

The travel rankings, which are based on reviews from both experts and non-experts, take into account factors like food, affordability, romance, and attractions. Boston edged out Seaside, Oregon, a resort town teeming with hiking trails and sandy beaches, to take the top spot. Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Nashville; and Portland, Oregon, round out the top five. New England is well-represented on the list, with four other regional destinations making the top 20: Portland, Maine, came in sixth; Bar Harbor, Maine, is number eight; Cape Cod is ranked 11th; and Newport, Rhode Island, earned the 15th-place spot.

The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau celebrated the city’s spot on the list in a press release, noting that the Hub’s diversity of activities and attractions appeals to a range of travelers.

“These extraordinarily high marks and top rankings didn’t happen by accident,” Patrick Moscaritolo, the bureau’s CEO, said in a statement. “This is the result of years of effort by Mayor Walsh, city agencies, the Bureau, and our members to position Boston across the globe as a unique, cross-cultural, and exciting destination for visitors.”

Boston finished third—behind Paris and Florence—on the list of best global summer vacation destinations. The city is also ranked fifth among places to travel with as a family.