Many city dwellers want to get away over the Fourth of July holiday.
Smaller towns, beaches and lakes are particular draws.
USA TODAY asked Yelp—which offers crowd-sourced reviews of restaurants, attractions and more—to identify the most-searched for towns from major metro areas around Independence Day.
Yelp then identified the best reviewed parks, restaurants and ice cream shops—because food, ice cream and some physical activity are what many people want to do around the holiday.
Here is the list of the top 10 destinations, from least to most popular:
Ocean City, Md.: This beach town, located about 150 miles from Washington, D.C., has 10 miles of free shoreline and a three-mile boardwalk. It has more than 200 restaurants and free concerts on the beach all summer long.
Falmouth, Mass.: This town is located in the southwestern part of Cape Cod and is often used as a base for other day trips to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Boston, and Newport, R.I. One of its most visible sites is the Nobska Lighthouse at the town’s southern tip.
Rehoboth Beach, Del.: About 110 miles from Washington, D.C., this is a popular spot for city residents wanting to take a break. The beach has a boardwalk filled with restaurants and free concerts over the summer.
Newport, R.I.: This coastal New England town was founded in 1639. It has a harbor filled with yachts. The town also has many Gilded Age mansions that are now museums.
Barnstable, Mass.: Another Cape Cod town attracts much interest during the Fourth of July. This one is referred to as the Town of Barnstable and includes a few notable communities such as Hyannis.
Galveston, Tex.: This island is a popular spot to visit from Houston. It has many boat tours, antique shopping, museums, and birding opportunities.
Big Bear Lake, Calif.: This lake is a popular side trip from Los Angeles. It became more populated during the Southern California Gold Rush of the mid- to late 1800s. It has since become popular for its ski resorts, but during the summer it is a favored spot for hiking and boating.
Bar Harbor, Maine: Acadia National Park is one of the most popular national parks in the country. This town is an entry point to the park and offers well-reviewed restaurants and outdoor activities.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.: Located on the central coast of California, this beach town is known for its charming shops, restaurants, and a pristine beach.
Long Beach, N.Y.: New Yorkers have a place to escape off Long Island’s South Shore. It was damaged by Hurricane Sandy but has made a comeback.
For photos of each destination and places to hike, dine and grab an ice cream cone, take a look at the gallery above.
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