Safest Vacation Spots in America Ranks the Safest States for Vacationing

With vacation season approaching, millions of Americans are making travel plans. Before you book a flight or reserve a room, you could use some information about the best vacation spots in terms of safety. has run the numbers and come up with the top 10 safest states for vacations. The rankings are based on domestic tourism volume, as estimated by the price comparison site, and the FBI crime statistics used to rank the 25 Safest Cities in America.

Which destinations make the list of safest states for vacationers? Don't pack your sunscreen until you've seen the results.

State Travel Safety Score
1. New York 100
2. Virginia 92.8
3. Texas 85.0
4. California 84.2
5. Tennessee 83.1
6. Nevada 78.7
7. Georgia 75.7
8. Arizona 75.4
9. Florida 74.6
10. South Carolina 59.2
About the Rankings analyzed more than 87,000 bookings originating within the U.S. to find the most popular states for domestic tourism. Comparing those numbers with data from the 2013 FBI Uniform Crime Report produces the list of best vacation spots for safety-conscious travelers.

Note: Travel Safety Scores are relative and do not reflect the overall amount of crime in any given state.


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  • Safest State for Travel - New York
    New York

    Topping the list of safest vacation spots is New York – not just New York City but the entire Empire State.

    The sights, sounds and spectacles of the metropolitan area draw tourists from across the country and across the globe. At the same time, locations outside the city draw an impressive amount of visitors in their own right. To borrow from Frank Sinatra, it's up to you! recommends May and June as the ideal months to visit, weather-wise (unless you want to go ice skating in Central Park, of course).

    Well Known Places To Go
    • Empire State Building
    • Statue of Liberty
    • National Baseball Hall of
      Fame and Museum
    • Bronx Zoo
    • Queens County Farm Museum
    • American Museum of Natural History
    • Niagara Falls
    • Times Square
    • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
    • Adirondack Mountains
    Off The Beaten Path

    Magic Forest

    This fairy-tale theme park in Lake George also features Lightning the Diving Horse.

  • Safest State for Travel - New York

    As the birthplace of Washington, Jefferson and several other U.S. presidents, the history of Virginia is closely intertwined with that of America itself. Those historical roots make The Old Dominion State a magnet for tourists looking to connect with our nation's heritage.

    Virginia's geography – Blue Ridge Mountains in the west and beaches in the east – also attracts its fair share of visitors. Like other destinations on the list of safest vacation spots, Virginia offers ample opportunity to be informed, enlightened and entertained.

    While notes that the state has five distinct climate regions, spring is generally the best time to visit any of them.

    Well Known Places To Go
    • Colonial Williamsburg
    • Virginia Zoological Park
    • Monticello
    • Shenandoah National Park
    • Busch Gardens
    • Kings Dominion
    • Jamestown Settlement
    • Barter Theatre
    • Norfolk Botanical Garden
    Off The Beaten Path

    Trojan Dog

    The term "Trojan Dalmatian" might be more fitting for this 6-foot-tall piece of public art in Roanoke. It sits in front of a fire station, after all, and has the familiar white-with-black-spots color scheme.

  • Safest State for Travel - New York

    On the long list of things that are big in Texas, tourism has definitely earned its place. The state's safety record also puts Texas on the list of safest vacation spots.

    Ever since the days of Spanish rule, the Lone Star State has played a part in many fascinating moments in our country's history. The battle for independence, the oil boom, the Space Race ... events like these helped shape a uniquely American place that holds a fascination for visitors from around the world.

    By virtue of sheer size, Texas sees significant variations in weather conditions within its borders. recommends visiting during the spring and fall months, when conditions are milder.

    Well Known Places To Go
    • The Alamo
    • Dallas World Aquarium
    • Space Center Houston
    • Dallas Zoo
    • Six Flags Over Texas
    • Big Bend National Park
    • San Antonio River Walk
    • Natural Bridge Caverns
    Off The Beaten Path

    Dr. Seuss Park

    A collection of bronze sculptures in downtown Abilene, celebrating some the author's most beloved characters.

  • Safest State for Travel - New York

    Entertainment is huge in the home of Hollywood, but it's not the only game in town for tourism. The diversity of geography and culture also contributes to the Golden State's allure, helping California secure a place on the list of safest states for vacationing.

    From surfing to skiing to wineries, millions of vacationers find what they're looking for in California.

    California has a diverse range of climate conditions. However, temperatures are generally reasonable year-round in most areas. Just remember to pack a jacket if you're visiting famously breezy San Francisco at any time of the year.

    Well Known Places To Go
    • Disneyland
    • Yosemite National Park
    • San Diego Zoo
    • Hollywood Walk of Fame
    • Knott's Berry Farm
    • Legoland California
    • The Golden Gate Bridge
    • USS Midway Museum
    • SeaWorld
    Off The Beaten Path

    Coyote's Flying Saucer Retrievals and

    Visitors to Ocotillo can ride shotgun in a UFO-shaped vehicle equipped with wheels.

  • Safest State for Travel - New York

    Although country music represents a large portion of Tennessee tourism, it's not the only voice in the choir. You can also find attractions relevant to the rock, blues and soul genres, along with many destinations entirely unrelated to music.

    Cultural icons, natural wonders and more helped Tennessee make the list of the safest states to take a family vacation.

    If you're visiting Tennessee, recommends spring for milder temperatures and summer for warmer but drier conditions.

    Well Known Places To Go
    • Grand Ole Opry
      (Ryman Auditorium)
    • Graceland
    • National Civil Rights Museum
    • Memphis Zoo
    • Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    • Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum
    • American Museum of Science and Energy
    • Dollywood
    Off The Beaten Path

    International Towing and Recovery Hall
    of Fame and Museum

    If you have a kid who digs tow trucks (or you're an adult who digs them), this Chattanooga attraction has restored antique trucks, toys and memorabilia.

  • Safest State for Travel - New York

    Although glitzy casinos may always be the first thing that comes to mind, public officials and business leaders have worked diligently to expand the scope of Nevada tourism beyond Sin City. In light of Nevada's spot on this list of safest vacation spots, why not Safety State?

    Las Vegas still has plenty of attractions that are strictly adult-appropriate. However, families visiting there will also find an aquarium, an indoor amusement park and other destinations fit for all ages. Beyond Las Vegas and Reno, they can find even more to like about Nevada. describes Nevada as having two seasons: warm and hot. Weather-wise, spring and autumn are the best times to visit.

    Well Known Places To Go
      Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
    • Adventuredome
    • Discovery Children's Museum
    • Hoover Dam
    • Fly Geyser
    • National Automobile Museum
    • Great Basin National Park
    • Ethel M Chocolate Factory
    • Red Rock Canyon National
      Conservation Area
    Off The Beaten Path

    Container Park

    A complex in downtown Las Vegas made of repurposed shipping containers offers sustainable shopping and dining, free outdoor concerts and (why mention this last?) a 40-foot-long metal praying mantis that shoots flames from its antennae.

  • Safest State for Travel - New York

    In Georgia, tourists find a cultural crossroads where Old South and New South intersect. The combination of history and modernity covering four centuries makes Georgia a magnet for visitors, as does the hospitable atmosphere. Its safety record puts Georgia on the list of safest states for tourism.

    According to, the April-May-June window offers the best opportunity for milder temperatures and less chance of rain.

    Well Known Places To Go
    • World of Coca-Cola
    • Six Flags Over Georgia
    • Centennial Olympic Park
    • Stone Mountain Park
    • Tybee Island
    • Gone with the Wind" Museum
    • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
    • Georgia State Railroad Museum
    • Children's Museum of Atlanta
    Off The Beaten Path

    Tank Town USA

    Technically, this attraction in Morganton features armored troop carriers rather than tanks. Still, the main selling point is that you can drive one of them over a junked car (for a fee).

  • Safest State for Travel - New York

    The driving force behind Arizona tourism is right there in the state nickname – the Grand Canyon State. It's not the state's only natural wonder, however, nor is it the only tourism draw. You can enjoy wineries, Cactus League baseball, artist colonies and more in Arizona, #8 on the list of best vacation spots for safety.

    Variations in altitude create variations in temperature. says that the northern part of the state has mild weather year-round, but visitors to southern Arizona should stick to fall, late winter or early spring.

    Well Known Places To Go
    • Grand Canyon
    • Phoenix Zoo
    • Meteor Crater
    • Hall of Flame Fire Museum
    • Kitt Peak National Observatory
    • Heard Museum
    • Montezuma Castle
    • Arizona Science Center
    • Jerome State Historic Park
    Off The Beaten Path

    Flintstones Bedrock City

    This attraction in Williams celebrates the 1960s cartoon show that chronicled the prehistoric antics of the Flintstone and Rubble families. You'll find statues of "Flintstones" characters, replica buildings and dinosaurs, a snack bar and other features sure to delight your Modern Stone Age family.

  • Safest State for Travel - New York

    The past, present and future of the Sunshine State are all closely linked with tourism. Florida's economy depends greatly on tourist dollars, perhaps more so than any other state on this safety-oriented list of best vacation spots. It's been a wildly successful formula for decades.

    A semi-tropical climate and geography, coupled with the foresight of people like Walt Disney, have helped make Florida a playground for domestic and international tourists.

    Visitors sensitive to heat and sunlight should schedule their trips anytime but summer. The summer heat can be intense, according to, but brief thundershowers periodically offer relief.

    Well Known Places To Go
    • Walt Disney World
    • Kennedy Space Center Visitor's
    • Universal Studios Florida
    • Dry Tortugas National Park
    • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
    • St. Augustine Alligator Farm
      Zoological Park
    • Florida Aquarium
    • Legoland Florida
    • Dinosaur World
    • Zoo Miami
    Off The Beaten Path

    Big Daddy Don Garlits Museum of
    Drag Racing

    This site in Ocala just might represent the largest collection of horsepower under one roof. More than 200 dragsters, stock cars and other vehicles are on display, along with trophies and other memorabilia from the storied career of drag racing's Big Daddy.

  • Safest State for Travel - New York
    South Carolina

    Rich history? Check. Lush landscapes? Check. South Carolina has many of the qualities associated with travel and tourism hotbeds. The lowcountry region in particular, headlined by historic Charleston, features a number of notable attractions.

    All told, South Carolina has the tourism numbers and the safety record to make the list of safest states for vacationers.

    The scouting report rates South Carolina weather as, for the most part, comfortable year-round. Summers in the central region can be hot and humid, but spring, fall and winter are generally mild statewide.

    Well Known Places To Go
    • Myrtle Beach Boardwalk
      & Promenade
    • Brookgreen Gardens
    • Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
    • Fort Sumter
    • Hunting Island State Park
    • Charles Towne Landing
    • Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
    • Congaree National Park
    Off The Beaten Path

    Atomic Bomb Crater Site

    In 1958, a U.S. warplane accidentally dropped a nuclear weapon on Mars Bluff. Although fail-safes kept the actual plutonium core aboard the plane, the conventional explosives inside the bomb detonated on impact. (Amazingly, the blast claimed no human casualties.) The crater itself is on private property and off-limits without permission, but the nearby Florence Museum of Art, Science and History has an exhibit that includes fragments of the bomb.

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Where's Hawaii?

No disrespect to The Aloha State. Its absence from this list is strictly a matter of statistics.

Hawaii ranked #10 in the study of states with the most domestic tourism. However, the state doesn't appear on this list because it's not included in the second set of data used to determine the safest vacation spots: the FBI Uniform Crime Report. Unlike other states, Hawaii reports its crime data to the FBI by county agency rather than city agency.

Nevertheless, the State of Hawaii's Crime Prevention and Justice Assistance Division reported all-time lows for violent crime and property crime in 2012. So Hawaii tourism officials continue to extend a traditional greeting to visitors: "E komo mai" ("Welcome").