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Best US Luxury Destinations

Based on the availability of upscale accommodations, lavish spas and fine dining options, U.S. News compiled the best stateside destinations for luxurious vacations. These top spots for grandeur take into account insight from travel experts and hundreds of voters. Help us determine next year's rankings by casting your vote below.

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Why go: Maui's breathtaking landscape and array of outdoor activities cater to thrill-seekers and beachgoers alike. If you can afford the airfare, you'll find endless ways to pamper yourself at high-end resorts, elegant restaurants and secluded sands. Read More»

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Why go: The Big Island is more secluded than the other Hawaiian islands. You'll still come across high-end hotels and spas, but not as many as you'd find in Maui and Kauai. The Big Island best suits adventurous types who don't want to stay holed up in an extravagant resort. Read More»

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Why go: San Francisco appeals to nature-seekers, foodies and edgy globe-trotters with its eclectic neighborhoods, flourishing arts scene and picturesque natural landscape. It's more mellow than Los Angeles, but the home of the Golden Gate Bridge still has plenty of cosmopolitan charms. Read More»

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Why go: Luxurious resorts, spas, restaurants and flowing fairways dot Kauai, beckoning visitors to its golden shores year-round. Kauai is one of the more exclusive islands in the Hawaiian chain, as well as one of the most expensive. Prepare to pay a steep price for the island's sweeping views. Read More»

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Why go: Oahu features white-sand beaches, historical sites and natural wonders, making it an ideal spot for travelers looking for a balance of relaxation and exploration. Surfers can catch the island's sun and splendor at Waimea Bay, while history buffs can wander the elegant 'Iolani Palace. Read More»

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Why go: New York is one of the trendiest American cities. Fashionistas can browse the chic boutiques lining SoHo and Fifth Avenue, while theater buffs catch spectacular Broadway shows. Exploring iconic sites will cost you, but what better way to spend your time in Manhattan than in the lap of luxury? Read More»

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Why go: This scenic mountain town is best known for its dramatic ski slopes, but there's more to Aspen than powder-capped Snowmass and über-luxe chalets. It may be pricier than other winter spots, like Stowe or Telluride, but it's the crème-de-la-crème of extravagant retreats. Read More»

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Why go: Named after the coastal Italian city, this serene Florida retreat is known for its extravagance. Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico's sparkling waters, America's Napoli is filled with high-end hotels, restaurants and shops, not to mention the beach homes along "Millionaires' Row." Read More»

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Why go: In California wine country, you have access to top-tier vintages, world-class cuisine and breathtaking views overlooking vineyards. Prime your palate by stepping on the Napa Valley Wine Train, then venture to O'Brien Estate Winery to continue your education in viticulture. Read More»

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Why go: At this ritzy retreat, you can spend your days sunbathing along powdery sands and perusing high-end stores. From elegant dining to upscale shopping, there are endless ways to exercise your credit card in this star-studded Florida hot spot. Read More»

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Why go: Only a short drive from busy downtown Los Angeles, this refined coastal town teems with fashionable shops, trendy art galleries and golden beaches. Sun-seekers lay their towels on East Beach's sugary sands, while fashionistas head to State Street for high-end boutiques. Read More»

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Why go: Mansions abound in this quaint Rhode Island town. Meander along the scenic Cliff Walk trail, admire the opulent Itlalian marble of The Breakers and escape to an elegant summer cottage yourself: top hotels The Chanler at Cliff Walk and Castle Hill Inn offer impressive amenities and ocean views. Read More»

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Why go: This buzzing city hugging the southern tip of the Florida peninsula stands as one of the most culturally stimulating in the country. You'll find versatile culinary hot spots, stylish hotels, upscale stores and golden beaches. At night, turn up the heat at the city's swanky clubs. Read More»

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Why go: With ski chalets and luxe hotels galore, Jackson Hole has plenty of upscale lodging choices. Whether you're looking to enjoy Mother Nature's beauty from the slopes or from the spa, you'll certainly find somewhere cozy to lay your head at the end of the day. Read More»

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