Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Each year Travel and Leisure magazine pits the major urban centers in America against each other to determine which is America’s favorite city to visit. Visitors to the magazine’s website rated the cities on multiple criteria, including their restaurants, vacation appeal and even how attractive the people are. After all the voting was done, Salt Lake City took first place in several categories and was ranked in the top 10 overall as one of the best vacation destinations in America. To find out just how high Salt Lake ranked, read on. EMAIL: awhatcott@desnews.com

10 Family friendly vacationing
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

The affordability, peace and quiet and safety of Salt Lake City all contributed to its overall ranking at the No. 3 family vacation hot spot in America. Salt Lake scored a 4.63 out of 5 score and finished behind only Orlando and Honolulu.

9 Peace and quiet
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Visitors looking for a peaceful and quiet vacation can look no further than this city nestled between the mountains of Utah. Salt Lake City was No. 4 in the category with a score of 4.42 out of 5.

8 Culture
Kim Raff, Deseret News

When it comes to enjoying the culture city offered by a city, and more particularly classical music, Salt Lake City sits behind just five of the best-known cities, including: New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Salt Lake’s score was 4.23 out of 5.

7 Local specialties
Keith Johnson, Deseret News

According to the survey, Salt Lake offers the No. 2 hamburger in America, with a 4.25 score out of 5, just behind Houston. It also took eighth place for its pizza.

6 Best places to stay
Deseret News

Not only did Salt Lake City receive a No. 2 rank for affordable hotels, just behind Nashville, it also finished eighth in both all-in-one resorts and bed-and-breakfasts or inns.

5 Attractive people
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Salt Lake was No. 5 for the attractiveness of its residents, with a score of 4.46 out of 5. The athletic and activity level of the people in Salt Lake was also given a fifth. However, beauty is not just skin deep in this urban hot spot, as it took fifth in the friendly category and the sixth for intelligence.

4 Affordability
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Ranked second, just behind Nashville, Salt Lake is considered an affordable getaway spot. It scored a 4.5 out of 5, with good access to public parks and outdoor recreation as a possible contributing factor to its affordability.

3 Best time to visit: Winter
Ravell Call, Deseret News

For travelers looking for the best place to visit during the winter months, Salt Lake City was ranked the No. 1 winter vacation spot. With multiple ski resorts, mountain cabins and the best snow on earth, Salt Lake City draws in travelers from across the country. The city received a 4.69 score out of 5, and was followed by Honolulu.

2 Safety
Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

Salt Lake City also ranked first when it came to the safety. With low crime rates, Salt Lake City received a score of 4.61 out of 5, followed by Portland, Maine. Boosted by a No. 4 ranking for access to public transportation and pedestrian friendly walking areas, Salt Lake City remains very safe.

In the photo: Renderings of the future Public Safety Building in Salt Lake City. The building will be net zero, producing as much energy as it uses.

1 Cleanliness
Ashley Lowery, Deseret News

With its wide-open streets and manicured foliage, Salt Lake City was ranked No. 1 by Travel Leisure Magazine as the cleanest vacation city in America. It received a score of 4.63 out of 5, and was followed by Minneapolis/St. Paul.