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20 best places to visit in the USA

Story highlights

  • U.S. News picked its top spots in the USA
  • There's a new number one at the top of the list
  • Beaches, national parks, big cities and culture fill out the top 20

America has beaches, too.

That's the message from the 2014 U.S. News and World Report "World's Best Places to Visit" rankings for the United States.

On the U.S. list, Maui jumped six places from last year's rankings to steal the top spot from Yellowstone National Park, which fell to second place.

"When we think about American vacations, people are less inclined to think of beach cities per se, at least before big cities like New York, Chicago or our National Parks," said Allison Michaels, the site's travel editor. "So it's interesting to see a beach destination rise to the top. "

Washington D.C., San Francisco and New York City rounded out the top five vacation destinations, whose rankings are based on a formula combining online reader votes with the opinion of reputable travel writers.

Click through the gallery to see what you think of all 20 top spots.