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Boston tops list of best summer vacation spots in the US

U.S. News & World Report ranks Boston as the top summer vacation destination in the United States, and the third best in the world. –Nicholas Pfosi for The Boston Globe

Massachusetts may have dropped from first place to eighth in US News & World Report’s annual ranking of best states in which to live, but Boston has risen to the top of the magazine’s rankings for best summer vacation destinations in the United States.

Boston also ranked third on the list of best summer vacation destinations in the world (behind Paris and Florence!) and fifth for best family summer vacations. New York City topped that list, followed by the Bahamas, Niagara Falls, and the US Virgin Islands.

In naming Boston the top summer vacation destination in the country, US News & World Report reports, “Fenway Park welcomes baseball lovers, the Freedom Trail invites history buffs to a scavenger hunt of historic sites, and Little Italy and Faneuil Hall Marketplace beckon to foodies. Visitors can also check out numerous breweries or plan their vacation around one of several festivals held over the summer.’’