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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
    U.S. News & World Report ranks Boston as the top summer vacation destination in the United States, and the third best in the world.

    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.”

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    (Little Italy? OK, let’s look past that one since they’re being so nice.)

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    US News & World Report says its methodology for travel rankings is to base them on an analysis of expert and user opinions. “We believe this unbiased approach makes our rankings more useful than simply providing our editors’ personal opinions,” the website states.

    In a press release from the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, CEO Patrick Moscaritolo says, “These extraordinarily high marks and top rankings didn’t happen by accident. This is the result of years of effort by Mayor Walsh, city agencies, the Bureau and our members to position Boston across the globe as a unique, cross-cultural, and exciting destination for visitors.”

    Seaside, Ore., and Steamboat Springs, Colo., were ranked second and third best US summer vacation destinations, followed by Nashville, Portland, Ore., and Portland, Maine.

    Complete lists can be found at travel.usnews.com/rankings/best-summer-vacations-in-the-usa.

    Chris Morris can be reached at christine.morris@globe.com.