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Top 10 most fun cities in the US

WalletHub compared more than 180 US cities on 65 different factors, like restaurants, hiking trails, music festivals, movie costs, the average opening hours of breweries and many more. If you are looking for the cities that scored highest overall, check out the top 10 below:

1. Las Vegas, Nevada.
Vegas tops the list of the most fun cities in America – not a surprise with its range of casinos, nightclubs and the endless number of performances by top entertainers. Whether you’re in the mood for J Lo, one of the world’s top DJs, or a spellbinding Cirque du Soleil performance, Las Vegas will provide. Image: Getty
1. Las Vegas, Nevada. Vegas tops the list of the most fun cities in America – not a surprise with its range of casinos, nightclubs and the endless number of performances by top entertainers. Whether you’re in the mood for J Lo, one of the world’s top DJs, or a spellbinding Cirque du Soleil performance, Las Vegas will provide. Image: Getty
2. Orlando. A shoo-in for one of America’s most fun cities – it’s home to Disney World, Universal Studios and plenty of smaller attractions. However, there is still plenty to do outside the amusement parks, and it also came in fifth in the US for having the most restaurants. Image: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
2. Orlando. A shoo-in for one of America’s most fun cities – it’s home to Disney World, Universal Studios and plenty of smaller attractions. However, there is still plenty to do outside the amusement parks, and it also came in fifth in the US for having the most restaurants. Image: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
3. New York City. The city that never sleeps has enough going on to keep travelers – and locals – endlessly busy. While it’s no surprise that New York has the most restaurants, playgrounds and bars per square foot, it also ranks in the top five for accessible bars and most fitness centres. Image: Songquan Deng/Shutterstock
3. New York City. The city that never sleeps has enough going on to keep travelers – and locals – endlessly busy. While it’s no surprise that New York has the most restaurants, playgrounds and bars per square foot, it also ranks in the top five for accessible bars and most fitness centres. Image: Songquan Deng/Shutterstock
4. Atlanta. Many travelers pass through Atlanta when stopping at the world’s busiest airport – but there’s plenty more to do once you get into the city, like visiting the High Museum of Art or the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site. If you are looking for a night out, it also ties with San Francisco and Las Vegas for the most dance clubs. Image: Jon Bilous/Shutterstock
4. Atlanta. Many travelers pass through Atlanta when stopping at the world’s busiest airport – but there’s plenty more to do once you get into the city, like visiting the High Museum of Art or the Martin Luther King Jr National Historic Site. If you are looking for a night out, it also ties with San Francisco and Las Vegas for the most dance clubs. Image: Jon Bilous/Shutterstock
5. Miami. The Cuban influence means the city has got much more to offer than fabulous weather. The city is also famous for its nightlife, a growing arts scene, fabulous restaurants, and of course, the art deco buildings that turn a stroll down the street into an incredible event. Image: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
5. Miami. The Cuban influence means the city has got much more to offer than fabulous weather. The city is also famous for its nightlife, a growing arts scene, fabulous restaurants, and of course, the art deco buildings that turn a stroll down the street into an incredible event. Image: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
5. Chicago. Take revolutionary architecture, award-winning cuisine, an outsized musical legacy and top-flight museums, and wrap them all up in an easy-to-navigate package and it is easy to see why Chicago made the top 10. Image: Roman Slavik/Shutterstock
5. Chicago. Take revolutionary architecture, award-winning cuisine, an outsized musical legacy and top-flight museums, and wrap them all up in an easy-to-navigate package and it is easy to see why Chicago made the top 10. Image: Roman Slavik/Shutterstock
7. Portland. One of the world's great towns for beer, weirdness, cheap food, funky neighborhoods, forest hikes and everyone knows Portland is the craft beer capital of the universe.  Photo: Shutterstock
7. Portland. One of the world's great towns for beer, weirdness, cheap food, funky neighborhoods, forest hikes and everyone knows Portland is the craft beer capital of the universe. Photo: Shutterstock
8. The exterior of the ‘Full House’ home in San Francisco. Image: Netflix
8. The exterior of the ‘Full House’ home in San Francisco. Image: Netflix
9. San Francisco. Every available Bay Area–invented technology is needed to make dinner decisions in this city, with the most restaurants and farmers markets per capita in North America, supplied by pioneering local organic farms. ©Michael De Battista/500px
9. San Francisco. Every available Bay Area–invented technology is needed to make dinner decisions in this city, with the most restaurants and farmers markets per capita in North America, supplied by pioneering local organic farms. ©Michael De Battista/500px
10. San Diego. What’s not to love? San Diego bursts with world-famous attractions for the entire family, including the zoo, Legoland and the museums of Balboa Park, plus a bubbling Downtown, beautiful hikes for all, more than 60 beaches and America’s most perfect weather.  ©Dancestrokes/Shutterstock
10. San Diego. What’s not to love? San Diego bursts with world-famous attractions for the entire family, including the zoo, Legoland and the museums of Balboa Park, plus a bubbling Downtown, beautiful hikes for all, more than 60 beaches and America’s most perfect weather. ©Dancestrokes/Shutterstock