San Fran Is Best US Vacation Destination
Charleston, Santa Fe, New York, and Chicago round out top 5
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2009 9:00 AM CDT
The Painted Ladies, a row of historical Victorian homes, underscore the San Francisco skyline in a view from Alamo Square.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – San Francisco has topped this year’s Conde Nast Traveler list of American cities to visit. The city by the bay edged out Charleston , SC , at No. 2. Metropolises New York and Chicago made a strong showing as well, at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively. The list is based on a survey of 25,000 readers, notes the San Jose Mercury News. For all of the Americas, Vancouver , BC , nabbed the coveted top spot. For more of the list, including recommended hotels and travel tips, click the link to the right.