Boston and Bar Harbor get some love on U.S. News & World Report’s annual best vacations lists

The U.S. News & World Report’s survey of the best vacation destinations for 2021-2022 is sprawling, covering top getaways across the globe. But one common denominator pops up throughout the survey, at least in the lists that focus on US destinations: New England is a favorite among travelers and editors of the publication, particularly Bar Harbor and Boston.

Bar Harbor landed in the number 16 spot in the top places to visit in the United States. (Grand Canyon was number one). But it ranked first in the category of Best Small Towns to visit in the United States, followed by Telluride, Colo., and Jackson Hole, Wyo.

“Bar Harbor is basically a postcard that has found its way into the real world,” the survey reads.

Boston came in at number 19 on the Best Places to Visit in the United States list, along with number 10 in Best Family Summer Vacations, 13 in Best Family Vacations, and 14 in Best Cheap Summer Vacations.

“Supplementing its storied locations is a bevy of museums, including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Boston Children’s Museum,” the publication wrote.