Summer Travel: The Best Places to Visit in the U.S.

America's Lost Week has been found. After more than a decade of decline, Americans are starting to use more vacation time, according to a recent report by Project:Time Off.

With the Memorial Day weekend being the unofficial start of summer, turn your thoughts to vacation plans.

Where to go with that precious week or two of vacation? This list of Trip Advisor's top 25 destinations in the U.S. might help. If you don't have the time and money to fly off to Europe, Asia or some other distant location, there are plenty of great places to visit right here in the states.

They range from the bright lights and big-city style of Manhattan and Las Vegas to lush beaches in Hawaii and Florida, as well as culture, history and art in cities such as Chicago and San Francisco. 

The list is determined using an algorithm based on the number and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, gathered over a year, as well as traveler booking interest on TripAdvisor.

These are the top vacation destinations in the U.S.:

(Photo: Shutterstock)

1. New York City
1. New York City

1. New York City

New York City is the top of the list both in the U.S. and the world.

Things to see and do:

  • Frick Collection
  • The High Line
  • Broadway: Above, The Richard Rodgers Theater in Times Square.
Photo: Andrew Cline / Shutterstock

...also in New York, see:
...also in New York, see:

...also in New York, see:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum (above)
  • The Statue of Liberty
Photo: Shutterstock

More to do in New York City:
More to do in New York City:

More to do in New York City:

  • The One World Observatory at the top of the World Trade Center (shown)
  • African Burial Ground National Monument
  • Bloomingdale's

Photo: Life In Pixels / Shutterstock

2. Maui, Hawaii
2. Maui, Hawaii

2. Maui, Hawaii

Things to see and do:

  • Haleakala Crater
  • Ka'anapali Beach
  • Wai'anapanapa State Park (pictured)
Photo: Shutterstock

3. Las Vegas
3. Las Vegas

3. Las Vegas

Things to see and do:

  • Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden (pictured)
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
  • Dig This
Photo: Oscity / Shutterstock

...also in Las Vegas, see
...also in Las Vegas, see

...also in Las Vegas, see

  • Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil
  • The High Roller at The LINQ Ferris wheel (pictured)
  • The Mob Museum

Photo: Kobby Dagan / Shutterstock

4. Oahu
4. Oahu

4. Oahu

Things to see and do:

  • USS Arizona Memorial (pictured)
  • Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
  • Diamond Head State Monument
Photo: Shutterstock

5. Orlando
5. Orlando

5. Orlando

Things to see and do:

  • Discovery Cove
  • Epcot World Showcase (pictured)
  • Walt Disney World Resort
Photo: Robert Noel de Tilly / Shutterstock

6. Chicago
6. Chicago

6. Chicago

Things to see and do:

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Millennium Park (pictured)
  • Museum of Science and Industry
Photo: Busara / Shutterstock

...also in Chicago, see
...also in Chicago, see

...also in Chicago, see

  • Skydeck Chicago in the Willis Tower (pictured)
  • The Magnificent Mile
  • and eat Chicago-style deep dish pizza
Photo: Shutterstock

7. San Diego
7. San Diego

7. San Diego

Things to see and do:

  • Balboa Park (above, Balboa Park's Casa de Balboa Building)
  • Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
  • USS Midway Museum
Photo: Shutterstock

8. San Francisco
8. San Francisco

8. San Francisco

Things to see and do:

  • Golden Gate Park
  • Palace of Fine Arts (above)
  • Marin Headlands
Photo: Shutterstock

...also in San Francisco see:
...also in San Francisco see:

...also in San Francisco see:

  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • Chinatown (Above, the annual Chinese New Year parade.)
  • Alcatraz

Photo: Radoslaw Lecyk / Shutterstock

9. New Orleans
9. New Orleans

9. New Orleans

Things to see and do:

  • New Orleans City Park
  • Frenchmen Street
  • The National WWII Museum
Photo: GTS Productions / Shutterstock

10. Island of Hawaii (big island)
10. Island of Hawaii (big island)

10. Island of Hawaii (big island)

Things to see and do:

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Most of the park has been closed since May 11 due to ongoing seismic and volcanic activity. Above, lava flows to the ocean from fissures that erupted in the East Rift Zone of Kilauea. Check the park's site for updates on Kilauea if you're planning to go there.
  • Mauna Kea Summit
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden
Photo: M. Patrick/USGS

11. Washington D.C.
11. Washington D.C.

11. Washington D.C.

Things to see and do:

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Newseum (pictured)
Photo: f11photo / Shutterstock

12. Miami Beach
12. Miami Beach

12. Miami Beach

Things to see and do:

  • South Pointe Park
  • Miami Beach Boardwalk
  • Holocaust Memorial (pictured)
Photo: Shutterstock

13. Los Angeles
13. Los Angeles

13. Los Angeles

Things to see and do:

  • Griffith Observatory (pictured)
  • Universal Studios Hollywood
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Photo: Shutterstock

14. Key West
14. Key West

14. Key West

Things to see and do:

  • Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum (pictured)
Photo: Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock

15. Charleston, S.C.
15. Charleston, S.C.

15. Charleston, S.C.

Things to see and do:

  • Riley Waterfront Park
  • Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
  • Magnolia Cemetery
Photo: Shutterstock

16. Nashville
16. Nashville

16. Nashville

Things to see and do:

  • Grand Ole Opry
  • RCA Studio B
  • Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
Above, lower Broadway in Nashville. Photo: f11photo / Shutterstock

17. Savannah, Ga.
17. Savannah, Ga.

17. Savannah, Ga.

Things to see and do:

  • Savannah Historic District
  • Bonaventure Cemetery
  • Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Photo: Shutterstock

18. Boston
18. Boston

18. Boston

Things to see and do:

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum & Library
  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
Above, Copley Square, Boston. Photo: Shutterstock

19. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
19. Myrtle Beach, S.C.

19. Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Things to see and do:

  • Broadway at the Beach
  • Myrtle Beach State Park
  • Franklin G. Burroughs - Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
Photo: Shutterstock

20. Branson, Mo.
20. Branson, Mo.

20. Branson, Mo.

Things to see and do:

  • Titanic Museum
  • Table Rock Lake
  • Entertainment on the Showboat Branson Belle (pictured) Photo: Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau

21. Seattle
21. Seattle

21. Seattle

Things to see and do:

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass (pictured)
  • Sky View Observatory
  • Green Lake Park
Photo: Steve Estvanik / Shutterstock

22. Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
22. Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

22. Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Things to see and do:

  • Dollywood
  • Rockin' Raceway Arcade
  • Parrot Mountain & Gardens
Photo: Shutterstock

23. Sedona, Ariz.
23. Sedona, Ariz.

23. Sedona, Ariz.

Things to see and do:

  • Pink Jeep Tours Sedona
  • Chapel of the Holy Cross
  • Oak Creek Canyon
Photo: Shutterstock

24. San Antonio, Texas
24. San Antonio, Texas

24. San Antonio, Texas

Things to see and do:

  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (pictured)
  • Briscoe Western Art Museum
  • McNay Art Museum
Photo: Shutterstock

25. Austin, Texas
25. Austin, Texas

25. Austin, Texas

Things to see and do:

  • LBJ Presidential Library
  • Zilker Metropolitan Park
  • Texas State Capitol

Above, people watch the bats take off at dusk on the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin. Photo: Shutterstock

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.

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