US News Ranks Best Summer Vacation Spots

US News & World Report” has this week released their annual “best” list of vacation spots for your upcoming summer travels. We’re always game for a trip, and this magazine, known for its endless parade of lists, seems to consistently do one of the best jobs we’ve seen of matching trends with traditional data analysis.

“The summer vacation is an established American tradition,” said Chad Smolinski, Vice President of Rankings and Reviews at U.S. News & World Report. “Taking into account over 300,000 user votes and thousands of travel expert opinions, the U.S. News vacation rankings provide travel recommendations you can trust.”

For the category of “Best Summer Vacation,” Nice, Mykonos and Maui round out the top three. Maui also makes the top three for two other categories, including “Best Beaches in the USA” and “Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA”.

Budget cutting? Try Yellowstone, Santo Domingo or Lisbon, the top picks for “Cheap Summer Vacations” or perhaps Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, which, along with Yellowstone, make the list of “Affordable Family Vacation” spots.

Other expected destinations, including Orlando, Anaheim and Hawaii (Maui, the Big Island and Kauai) made the top three spots on the list.

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