For many, the desire to travel peaks when summer rolls around. And with so many destinations experiencing warm weather and longer days, it’s hard to decide which vacation is right for you and your family. To help you narrow down your scope of potential vacation destinations, U.S. News weighed a variety of factors, such as activities and entertainment options, lodging and dining venues and weather, to determine the best summer vacations. Use this list to help you plan your vacation and don’t forget to vote for your favorite destinations below.

New York City

#1 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: Summer is a hugely popular time to travel to the Big Apple, and with good reason. Outdoor sights like Central Park and the High Line are buzzing with activity. If you need a reprieve from the heat, spend the day in one of the world-class museums or catch a Broadway show. Read More »

Buzzing Times Square

Buzzing Times Square

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#2Paris

#2 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: A trip to the City of Love in the summer might have some cons – particularly the heavy crowds and high prices. But the excellent weather more than makes up for it. There’s no better time to wander the Père-Lachaise Cemetery or admire the flora and people-watch at Luxembourg Gardens. Read More »

Paris at Night

Paris at Night

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#3Amsterdam

#3 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: Longer days and warmer temps draw families out to sights like Vondelpark and Leidseplein, while the city’s famous canals fill with sightseeing cyclists. Just make sure to reserve your hotel well in advance – you won’t be the only one soaking up the unbeatable weather. Read More »

Herengracht Canal

Herengracht Canal

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#4Florence

#4 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: Although you’ll have to contend with plenty of other tourists, you’ll find that the beauty of Florence’s alfresco cafes and outdoor attractions shines brightest in the summertime. Unfortunately, hotel rates are at their highest, so plan to book your trip several months in advance. Read More »

Il Duomo

Il Duomo

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#5Barcelona

#5 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: Summer is an especially popular time for tourists to travel to Barcelona’s museums and historical sites, so expect to find plenty of fellow vacationers. Plan a trip to this Spanish city in early June to beat the summer humidity and seasonal crowds. And bring along a bathing suit to catch some rays on the beach at La Barceloneta. Read More »

View of Barcelona

View of Barcelona

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#6Singapore

#6 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: This bustling metropolis sees a dip in tourist traffic during the late summer months, making it the ideal time to explore the urban and natural attractions of this diverse municipality. Be wowed by the Gardens by the Bay before taking in the sights along Marina Bay. Read More »

Singapore

Singapore

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#7Bali

#7 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: The summer dry season makes the Indonesian island’s natural marvels more accessible. While beaches may be the highlight here, the unique shrines at Tirta Empul Temple and Uluwatu Temple are worth the trip. Travel in June to avoid the room rate hikes in late summer. Read More »

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Sunrise

Pura Ulun Danu Bratan at Sunrise

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#8Hamburg

#8 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: During the summer months, locals and visitors flock to the banks of the River Elbe to take advantage of Hamburg’s waterfront perch. Make the most of the pleasant weather at the adequately named Planten un Blomen (Plants and Flowers) park. Read More »

Dusk on the Canal

Dusk on the Canal

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#9Buenos Aires

#9 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: Due to its location in the Southern Hemisphere, the Argentinian capital experiences winter from June to August. But daily high temperatures don’t dip below the upper 50s, meaning it’s still enjoyable to walk around the city’s charming neighborhoods, such as Palermo and Puerto Madero.Read More »

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#10Kauai

#10 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: Summer’s 80-degree days are perfect for hiking around Kauai’s natural wonders, including the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” (Waimea Canyon), Koke’e State Park and the Kalalau Trail, or just relaxing on the beach. But to avoid spiked hotel rates, travel early in the season. Read More »

Lighthouse at Sunset

Lighthouse at Sunset

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#11Dublin

#11 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: A summer trip to Dublin is expensive, but for many travelers, it’s worth the inflated hotel rates. Places like Grafton Street and Temple Bar are lively and flowers at St. Stephen’s Green and Phoenix Park are in full bloom. To secure the best prices, book airfare and lodging a few months in advance.Read More »

Dublin from the River Liffey

Dublin from the River Liffey

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#12Quebec City

#12 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: Quebec City’s warm, 70-degree summer days draw visitors to sights like Montmorency Falls Park and Battlefields Park. Wander the streets of Old Quebec and Quartier Petit-Champlain before joining the fun at the Quebec Summer Festival (held in July). Read More »

Snowy Quebec

Snowy Quebec

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#13Puerto Rico

#13 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: By summer, the peak winter and spring tourism seasons have passed in Puerto Rico, so you’ll likely be able to score lower hotel rates, plus you won’t have to fight for a lounge chair by your resort pool or on the beach. Just avoid the late summer months due to an increased chance of hurricanes. Read More »

Puerto Rico Skyline

Puerto Rico Skyline

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#14Boston

#14 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: Soaking up the history of the Freedom Trail and the Old North Church is more pleasant when temperatures hover in the 70s and 80s. It’s also when Beantown comes alive with multiple outdoor events, festivals and baseball games at Fenway Park. Read More »

Boston Harbor

Boston Harbor

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#15Porto

#15 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: If the plentiful port wine cellars don’t entice you, the charming architecture of Avenida dos Aliados may persuade you to vacation here. And while Porto is more affordable than larger, neighboring destinations, hotel rates rise in the summer, so make sure to book accommodations well in advance to secure the best deals. Read More »

Porto

Porto

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#16Stockholm

#16 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: Vacation in Stockholm during the summer to experience comfortable highs in the 60s and 70s and daylight that can last nearly 24 hours. Couple that with the country’s largest celebration, Midsummer, and you’ll come away with a healthy dose of Swedish cuisine and culture. Read More »

Stockholm

Stockholm

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#17Sicily

#17 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: From mountains to beaches, trips to the Italian isle of Sicily have it all. Not to mention fresh seafood, handmade pasta and sweet wines. Just avoid a vacation here in late summer when temperatures can reach the triple digits.Read More »

Sicily

Sicily

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#18Copenhagen

#18 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: The defining characteristic of Danish culture, hygge or coziness, is on full display in Copenhagen during the summer. Take your time strolling down Strøget and enjoying the rides at Tivoli Gardens in the sunshine. You’ll want to pack layers though, the Baltic Sea can usher in chilly breezes. Read More »

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid

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#19Savannah

#19 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: If you can brave the humidity, Savannah is sure to charm you. Admire the Spanish moss at Forsyth Park and visit the lively River Street before heading to the beach on Tybee Island. Just remember to drink lots of water – highs can reach the 90s. Read More »

Forsyth park

Forsyth park

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#20Edinburgh

#20 in Best Summer Vacations

Why go: Mild, 60-degree temps and longer days make summer a popular time to travel to the capital of Scotland. Make the most of the pleasant weather by touring Edinburgh Castle or taking in the panoramic city views from Calton Hill. Read More »

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