Report ranks the best summer travel destinations for 2012

In order to give trip planners a comprehensive look at the most popular vacation spots across the world, U.S. News & World Report offers annual lists of more than 200 destinations with its Best Vacations rankings.

One of the first portions of the of 2012-2013 list was released on Monday, giving a look at the best locations for summer vacations this year.

Vice president of rankings and reviews for the media outlet, Chad Smolinski explained in a statement that the publication takes into consideration more than 300,000 votes from visitors to, as well as thousands of opinions from travel experts to compile the yearly rankings.

Atop this year's best summer vacation destination list was Nice, France, followed by the Greek island Mykonos, Maui, San Francisco and Paris. The British Virgin Islands was recognized for having the most relaxing beaches in the world, while the Outer Banks, North Carolina was crowned the best location for a family beach vacation in the United States.

Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park was certainly the biggest winner of the rankings though, finding itself atop three different lists for being this year's best cheap summer vacation spot, best family vacation destination in the United States and best overall family summer vacation destination. 

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Report ranks the best summer travel destinations for 2012