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U.S. News Ranks The Best Summer Vacations

May 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Summer is just around the corner. So today, U.S. News Travel released eight vacation rankings to help people plan their summer trips. These rankings focus on three key characteristics of summer vacations: affordability, quality of beaches, and family-friendliness. The full rankings are available online at http://travel.usnews.com/.

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The top-ranked destinations in each category are:

    Best Summer Vacations Best Beaches in the USA Best Family Summer Vacations
    #1        Nice        #1    Hawaii - The Big Island #1  Yellowstone
    #2        Mykonos     #2        Maui                #2   Orlando -Walt Disney
    #3        Maui        #3        U.S. Virgin Islands #3  Anaheim - Disneyland

    Cheap Summer Vacations  Most Relaxing Beaches       Family Vacations in the USA
    #1        Yellowstone   #1        British Virgin Islands  #1  Yellowstone
    #2        Santo Domingo #2        Kauai                   #2   Orlando -Walt Disney
    #3        Lisbon        #3        Hawaii - The Big Island #3  Yosemite

    Affordable Family Vacations               Family Beach Vacations in
                                               the USA
    #1        Yosemite                       #1        Outer Banks
    #2        Grand Canyon                   #2        Maui
    #3        Yellowstone                    #3        San Diego

The new rankings identify the top vacation spots based on a methodology that combines expert and consumer opinions. They reflect how strongly a destination is recommended by travel experts and U.S. News Travel website users.

“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.”

Today’s launch is a part of the 2012-2013 U.S. News Best Vacations rankings. In total, more than 200 destinations were considered in the current rankings. The complete vacation ranking lists are published at http://travel.usnews.com.

If you have any questions concerning the new rankings, please contact JFineman@usnews.com.

About U.S. News & World Report
U.S.News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and analysis, which includes the digital-only U.S. News Weekly magazine, www.usnews.com and www.rankingsandreviews.com. Focusing on Health, Personal Finance, Education, Travel, Cars, and Public Service/Opinion, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. U.S.News & World Report’s signature franchise includes its News You Can Use(®) brand of journalism and its annual “Best” series of consumer web guides and publications that include rankings of colleges, graduate schools, hospitals, mutual funds, health plans, and more.

CONTACT: Joel Fineman, +1-202-955-2163, JFineman@usnews.com

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