Top 25 Awesome Places to Visit in May in the USA (2023)

With winter fully over, longer days, and summer just around the corner, May and springtime is easily one of the best times to explore the beautiful places the USA has to offer – with warm weather but before the worst of the crowds arrive.

This is the month where everything springs to life from fields of flowers to fairground rides. Looking for where to go in May? From natural wonders to cool city trips, here are the best places to visit in May in the USA

1. Texas Hill Country – for warm weather in May and a beautifully scenic region to explore in the spring 

Texas Hill Country Photo

Texas Hill Country flowers

Offering one of the best vacations in May, this region is a wonderful mix of natural landmarks, pretty small towns, and historical attractions.

Texas Hill Country is packed with rich history and culture and filled with scenic rivers, lovely lakes, rugged terrain, and beautiful flora. There’s plenty of outdoor adventures to choose from here.

Temperatures warm the state in the shoulder season from late March through May with warm sunshine and an average around 85 degrees Fahrenheit during spring.

Not to miss the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Strawberry Festival along with hiking, biking, floating, or soaking in the warm Texas sunshine before the searing summers.

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 160 Ingram Hills Rd, Ingram, TX 78025, Phone: +1 830-367-2151
  • Average temperatures in Texas Hill Country in May – 30 degrees

My must-do highlights of Texas Hill Country

  • Visit the magical enchanted rock formed from pink granite and one of the largest in the USA.
  • Discover what is in the cave without a name, a unique sight to see 80-feet below the ground.
  • As you’re exploring around the area keep an eye out for the roadside attractions located across the area.

How to get to Texas Hill Country

The best way of reaching Texas Hill country is to fly into one of the state’s international airports, such as Austin or San Antonio, from where you can hire a car and drive, hop on a bus (which takes around 4.5 hours), or board a train.

2. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia – a perfect outdoor vacation to take in May

Shenandoah National Park Springtime

Shenandoah National Park

Renowned for its natural beauty and Civil War history, Shenandoah National Park offers a unique backcountry experience with such an accessible location.

Whether you want to chill or indulge in outdoor activities, the park has it all. Wildlife to spot here includes beautiful black bears, coyotes, white-tailed deer, big brown bats, bobcats, and spotted skunks.

Surprisingly the park is sleepy during spring with popping wildflowers, blooming azaleas, and cool temperatures away from the hoards of people.

The best time for hiking, bird watching, and star-gazing is in April and May.

The snow is almost melted, temperatures hover around 18 degrees, campgrounds are open, and in early spring you can explore the park without having to wait in lines of traffic. Easily one of the best places to explore in May! 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 17065 Skyline Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630
  • Average temperatures in Shenandoah National Park in May – 18 degrees

My must-do highlights of Shenandoah National Park

  • Be sure to explore along the 105-mile Skyline Drive filled with scenic overlooks and Insta-worthy view points.
  • Hike to the tallest waterfall in the park via Dark Hallow Falls trail, one of the most popular routes to take.
  • Rent an E-bike to get around the area, you can even stop off along your way at a wine tasting tour.

How to get to Shenandoah National Park

With a backcountry location, driving the the National Park is one of the most popular forms of transport. With several entrances located around the area, it is easy to access no matter which direction you are arriving from.

If you’re looking to fly in from out of state, the closest airport which hosts several non-stop commercial flights from 6 different cities is Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, situated 31-miles away. From here it is then only a 30-minute by car to the park.

Other ways of getting here is via the metro train line or bus, these have closely located stops to the park but are not directly nearby.

3. Annapolis, Maryland – makes a fantastic weekend trip in the spring

Annapolis Maryland in May

Annapolis colorful houses

Vacationing in May? Combining a rich history and maritime charm, the capital city of Annapolis is a historical treasure and is a great choice for a May getaway.

The best time to explore the city is in the spring when the city is full of blossoms, the weather is mild and the sailing season kick starts with colorful boats filling up the waters.

While highs in spring may rise between the mid-60s to 70s, visitors seeking to beat the heat will find this period ideal. A season of new hope and beginnings, spring fills the city with vibrant hues and outdoor festivals.

Witness the May Day celebrations, visit the historic state capitol or explore the downtown, the lively city greets you every time with open arms.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 1 Dock St, Annapolis, MD 21401, United States
  • Average temperatures in Annapolis in May – 24 degrees

My must-do highlights of Annapolis

  • Hop on a trolley tour around the city to see the gorgeous houses, major landmark attractions and get a view of the Severn River.
  • Experience the taste of craft beers alongside delicious food at the first nanobrewery in Annapolis, Forward Brewing.
  • Wander through the shops located on the Main Street, where you can find an array of boutiques, galleries and more.

How to get to Annapolis

The best airport to fly into for community to this city is the Baltimore/Washington International (BWI), boasting more than 650 domestic and international flights daily.

For a direct route to Annapolis from the airport via public transport is to take the bus, this is also known for being one of the better environmentally friendly ways to travel. The journey takes just under 2-hours and does not cost too much.

Renting a car at the airport is another option, this also means you can travel round other areas located nearby at your own leisure and cuts down the travel time by 1.5-hours.

4. Yosemite National Park, California – one of the best places to visit in May with more pleasant temperatures and fewer crowds

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Yosemite National Park

Wowing visitors with beautiful waterfalls, towering granite monoliths, deep valleys, and giant sequoia groves, Yosemite National Park is a Mecca for daredevil rock climbers.

The stunningly rugged landscape comes alive in spring when the waterfalls are at their peak, wildflowers are in bloom and the temperatures are divine though nights can be chilly.

Early spring marks the opening of the iconic Tioga Pass, with a scenic drive across the mountains and into the high country. Head to the Cook’s Meadow Loop or Wawona Meadow Loop and watch the bright colors peek out of the snow, the park holds splendor beauty during spring. Temperatures in May hover around a pleasant and not too hot 23 degrees.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, United States
  • Average temperatures in Yosemite National Park in May – 23 degrees

My must-do highlights of Yosemite National Park

  • Hire a bike from Yosemite Valley Lodge and cycle around the area to discover all of its beauty.
  • Stop at Tunnel View, located on State Highway 41, to see the picturesque and spectacular El Capitan, Bridalviel Falls and Half Dome.
  • Take a trip to the iconic Yosemite Falls which is flowing at its highest point in May, something you don’t want to miss.

How to get to Yosemite National Park

One of the best ways to travel here is by car, the roads to this location and through the park are breathtakingly scenic, making this a round trip worthy destination. You can also stop at viewing points along the way for those Insta-worthy shots.

Fresno Yosemite International Airport is the most convenient place to fly into. From here you can either hire a car or take public transport.

There are options of arriving via the AMTRAK or Greyhound services. With their stops not being directly located in the park, there is a shuttle bus provided which you can hop on for a small fee to take you around the area.

5. Monterey, California – makes a wonderful coastal break in May Monterey - a springtime break

Monterey in spring

Brimming with beaches, coastal terrain, historic site, and stunning scenery, the beautiful city of Monterey is known for its diverse marine ecosystems.

The best time to explore Monterey is between April and May and temperatures average around 19 degrees during the month of May.

With warmer temperatures, blossoming flowers, and moderate weather with occasional rains, spring marks fewer crowds and eclectic food festivals.

Experience the magic of Monterey with lovely greens, iconic museums, captivating bay, and fun food festivals including the Pebble Beach Food and Wine and the Artichoke Festival in Castroville.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 419 Webster St Suite 100, Monterey, CA 93940, United States
  • Average temperatures in Monterey in May – 19 degrees

My must-do highlights of Monterey

  • Walk along the 18-mile Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, featuring beautiful views and flowers along the way.
  • Take a guided tour around the historic buildings at the state park, one of the most momentous places along the Californian Coast.
  • Check out the wonderful collection of art and exhibits being held at The Monterey Museum of Art. 

How to get to Monterey

Being a must visit location, getting to this gorgeous city is no problem. With an array of options, you can take your pick at the one most suited for you.

Located just 10-minutes away from downtown is the Monterey Regional Airport. Hosting non-stop flights from several cities and states across the US as well as unique worldwide destinations, this is a great airport to arrive at.

The AMTRAK Coast Starlight train and Greyhound bus service both stop in Salinas where they then offer a free bus service to take you down to the city. 

If you’re looking to soak up all the natural beauty on your way to Monterey then driving is the way to go. The two routes into the city are via Highway 1 and Highway 101 both providing the most scenic views for the journey.

6. Austin, Texas – for a fun city break to take in May Austin Texas USA

Austin Texas Summer

Austin experiences high season twice a year, mainly during spring and fall when the temperatures are perfect (around 30 degrees). Though you’ll encounter some of the biggest crowds, yet Austin is affordable even during the busiest times.

While the weather is pleasantly mild but a bit of moisture as well, gorgeous blooms can be seen throughout the region. Known for its sunny days and outdoor activities, May is an ideal time before the soaring Texan summer becomes barely tolerable.

Take a walk downtown Austin and explore Zilker Park with an ideal swim in the refreshing waters of Barton Springs.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 111 Congress Ave. Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701, United States
  • Average temperatures in Austin in May – 30 degrees

My must-do highlights of Austin

  • For those who love live music, be sure to visit Mohawk located in downtown which hosts both touring and upcoming artists.
  • Take a dip in the natural Barton Springs Pool which stays up to 68-degrees all year round.
  • Another great activity to do to be immersed in the culture is learning how to do two-step dancing at Broken Spoke.

How to get to Austin

Being a major city Austin is well served by roads, airports, buses and trains. There are options to suit everyone.

7. Block Island, Rhode Island – for a gorgeous May getaway  Block Island Rhode Island USA

Block Island Spring Break in May

Looking for May vacation ideas? This is one of the prettiest locations in Rhode Island, Block Island, and makes for a fun and adventurous spring family-friendly break.

A beautiful place to explore year-round, Block Island offers gorgeous beaches, spectacular bluffs, beautiful lighthouses, and much more.

While the crowds drastically decrease in winter months, the “shoulder season”, especially late May or early September is the best time to plan a trip when the waters are warmer and the rates and restaurant wait times are reasonable.

Relax on Crescent Beach or explore the Mohegan Bluffs, you’ll have a completely different state of mind and atmosphere. Temperatures average around 16 degrees in May so just make sure you pack some warm clothes!

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 4 Center Rd, New Shoreham, RI 02807, United States
  • Average temperatures in Block Island in May – 16 degrees

My must-do highlights of Block Island

  • Hike up to Mohegan Bluffs for a magnificent view overlooking the beautiful ocean and landscape.
  • Discover an array of unique and cool shops in the town, ranging from art galleries, clothes stores, jewellery boutiques and more.
  • Hire a bike to explore around the island to see the famous lighthouses, Great Salt Pond and nature trails.

How to get to Block Island

Only accessible by ferry, this makes it an even more beautiful location to visit.

There is a year round ferry service which takes you from the main land over to the island which you can also take your car over via.

For a more fun and fast way to get over to the island, starting in May of each year through to October there is a hi-speed ferry operated.

8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – a cool city to explore in May with plenty of outdoor eventsPhiladelphia in spring time

Philadelphia - best places to visit

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with visiting this cosmopolitan capital at any point in the year. While May is lovely and not too hot yet, the temperatures range in the mid-50s and lower 70s with reasonable hotel rates.

As the weather warms and the ground thaws, Phillies throng into the streets to welcome spring. With Spruce Street Harbor Park and beer gardens opening up in

May, it’s the prime time to see the city’s cherry blossom trees in Fairmont Park. From food fetes, blooming tulips to sporting events, and park parties, you can visit the historic landmarks for eclectic shopping and fabulous eats.

  • Visitor Centre Address: 599 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States
  • Average temperatures in Philadelphia in May – 24 degrees

My must-do highlights of Philadelphia 

  • Go on a guided walking tour of the city, where you will discover hidden gems, find out fun facts and learn the history of the area.
  • Check out one of the many sports games held, which include baseball, hockey, soccer and basketball.
  • Buy a tourist pass to get discount on several of the main tourist attractions, meaning you get to check out more.

How to get to Philadelphia

Approximately located seven miles from the city center sits Philadelphia International Airport, which hosts up to 500 departures per day to over 120 international destinations, with several nonstop flights available. From the airport, travelling into the city is made easy with Regional Rail’s Airport Line Service stopping at all the major destinations in the area.

There are also several options of using the AMTRAK train and bus services (Greyhound, Megabus and BoltBus) for a cheaper, more relaxed method of transport. Connecting Philadelphia to several other large cities.

9. Bend, Oregon – one of the best holiday destinations for outdoor lovers

Bend, Oregon - outdoor May breaks Bend Oregon - great places to visit in May

Depending on the adventures you seek, there’s never a dull moment in Bend, Oregon. With average temperatures barely making it past the mid-80s and the landscape is lush and green, Bend comes alive during spring and summer.

With clear skies, crisp mountain air, and blooming wildflowers during spring, Bend is the perfect destination for those who love adventures.

Take a day hiking along the beautiful lakes, rock climb at Smith Rock or go paddleboarding along the Deschutes River, this place is bound to restore the peace in your soul.

  • Visitors Center Address: 750 NW Lava Rd #160, Bend, OR 97703
  • Average temperatures in Bend in May – 19 degrees

My must-do highlights of Bend

  • Take a trip to Newberry National Volcanic Monument to view the wonderful rock formations created from previous eruptions.
  • Kayak along the Deschutes River surrounded by gorgeous scenery and a relaxing atmosphere.
  • Hike through the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area filled with adventure, exceptional views and breathtaking landscapes. 

How to get to Bend 

Many people drive from the nearby major city of Portland and from there it’s around a scenic three-hour drive taking mostly Route 26 then 97. 

If you don’t fancy driving then there are also direct flights going into Roberts Field Airport (RDM) which takes you to just 20 mintues from downtown Bend. This airport is serviced by a lot of major airlines including American Airlines and Dela and is connected to some major cities. 

Amtrack also stops at Bend and it’s also possible to get buses from Portland too.

10. Las Vegas and Grand Canyon – two of the best and most fun places to travel to in spring

Cool places to visit in the USA in May

Grand Canyon National Park

Looking for fun things to do in May? Often referred to as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the world’, Las Vegas is the ultimate playground of adventures, cuisines, and nightlife scenes.

While the Sin city sees an influx of visitors during winters and scorching summers, the best time to visit the city is from March to May and from September to November. It’s still one of the warmest states in May, but temperatures are much more manageable and hover around 32 degrees in the day.

With moderate weather, comfortable daily temperatures, and thin crowds, you’ll find a variety of events taking place. Nearby the city is a national landmark of the US, the Grand Canyon.

Spring and fall make for an ideal trip to the canyon for hiking, skywalk, watching the wildflower blooms, or enjoying the scenic vistas. With daily highs ranging between the mid-70s and 80s, early summers or shoulder seasons make for an excellent trip.

  • Visitors Center Address: 495 S. Main St. Las Vegas, NV 89101
  • Average temperatures in Las Vegas in May – 32 degrees

My must-do highlights of Las Vegas and Grand Canyon

  • Capture an unbelievable Instagrammable shot overlooking the Grand Canyon after hiking around the area.
  • Check out what shows are happening in Las Vegas then choose your ideal one to go and see, a brilliant experience.
  • Take a road trip drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon where you will discover many natural attractions along the way.

How to get to Las Vegas 

Las Vegas is part of one of the most iconic road trips in the world (driving through the desert from Los Angeles to Las Vegas). 

If you want to fly in the airport then the main airport is Harry Reid International Airport and there are also plenty of bus stops and an Amtrak station too.

11. Wolfeboro, New Hampshire – filled with charming lakeside spring scenery

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire - best places to visit in May

Known as “The Oldest Summer Resort in America” this pretty town in Carroll County, New Hampshire makes a fabulous destination for a weekend trip or break in May.

The temperatures in spring average around 19 degrees so expect a pleasantly warm spring break without too much heat (and without the summer crowds as well of course)!

The town is nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and is surrounded by unspoilt forests and mountains. There’s also plenty of shopping, dining, entertainment and other activities and attractions on offer too.

Don’t miss Allen Albee Beach, the Wright Museum of WWII, the Cotton Valley Rail Trail, and the New Hampshire Boat Museum.

  • Visitors Center Address: 84 South Main St, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire 03894
  • Average temperatures in Wolfeboro in May – 19 degrees

My must-do highlights of Wolfeboro

  • A visit to Lake Wentworth is a must do. Here you can go for a walk, spend some time relaxing or even have a swim in the waters.
  • Spend the morning at one of their farmer’s markets and discover all the artisan, local produce and hand crafted items you can purchase.
  • Drive down to Merrymeeting Lake for a gorgeous sunset going down over the calm waters of the ocean.

How to get to Wolfeboro

Being nestled along the shore, the nearest major airport to this town is Boston Logan International Airport which features 4 terminals with 2 of them being just for domestic flights. This airport is situated 108-miles away from Wolfeboro. It is possible to either take a shuttle or hire care from the airport to the town.

12. Ocean City, Maryland – one of the best beach vacations to take in May

Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City - best places to visit in Maryland

The easy-going and bubbly Ocean City is all about seaside family fun and endless water sports. From sparkling beaches, wide dunes to amazing water sports activities and great views, the proximity to D.C only adds to its appeal.

With plenty of fun events around the year, Ocean City is at its best from late May to early September.

While the average highs range in the mid-80s and the weather is just right, spring is a great time to explore the city. Hop on a jet ski, submerge yourself in the waves, paddle a kayak, or sunbathe on the southern shore, you’ll find ample spots to relax and detox away from the crowds.

  • Visitors Center Address: 4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842, United States
  • Average temperatures in Ocean City in May – 25 degrees

My must-do highlights of Ocean City

  • Spend the day at the beach where you can go swimming and surfing, sunbathe along the sandy shores or even build a sandcastle.
  • Enjoy some adrenaline pumping fun at the Jolly Roger Amusement Park, filled with rides, games and food.
  • Visit the Northside Park which covers over 55-acre of land, featuring several walking trails, parks and sports activities there is something for everyone to get involved in.

How to get to Ocean City

Filled with over 30 miles of beaches, Ocean City is a prime location to visit and it is easily reachable by different forms of transport.

There are bus routes from 33 different cities nearby with Greyhound hosting the most. This makes it the 12th ranked most popular bus destination in the region. You can also arrive by train on the AMTRAK service, Transit Ctr – 12848 Ocean Gtwy is located just 1-mile out of the town.

13. Edisto Island, South Carolina – a beautiful and romantic warm beach destination perfect for couples

Edisto Island, South Carolina - best May vacations

Edisto Island, South Carolina

This is a beautiful unspoiled beach destination and one of South Carolina’s most popular family-friendly beach vacation/day trip spots.

The pretty island is actually part of the South Carolina Sea Islands located in Charleston County and there are plenty of activities on offer as well.

Great things to do here include the Explore the Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area which is filled with wonderful wildlife including a small beach where sea turtles nest, dolphin and whale watching, the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Museum, and Edisto Beach State Park where you can even go camping.

Temperatures here average around 27 degrees in May.

  • Visitors Center Address: 104 Palmetto Blvd, Edisto Island, SC 29438, United States
  • Average temperatures in Edisto Island in May – 27 degrees

My must-do highlights of Edisto Island

  • Go exploring around the Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve filled with over 4,000 acres of woods, wetlands and fields.
  • Learn about the history of the area with a visit to the preservation museum exhibiting an array of artefacts.
  • Enjoy a unique experience by camping at the state park, well known for being one of the best places to stay overnight.

How to get to Edisto Island

With no local transportation stops nearby this stunning location, the best way to arrive is by car. This is a great choice as the road trip is as beautiful as the destination.

If you are travelling in from a different city or state not close by, then you can fly into Charleston International Airport located just over 45-miles away from Edisto Island. From here it is possible to hire a car, book a taxi or share a shuttle service depending on which you prefer.

14. Sacramento, California – a perfect spring break for food lovers The best things to do in Sacramento

Cool cafe Sacramento

Buzzing with a vibrant public art scene, historic sites, museums, and farm-fresh restaurants, there are many great things to do in Sacramento.

An affordable and family destination, Sacramento sees most of its festivals around May and June. Springtime in Sacramento is nice when it’s not too hot yet and the foggy weather has passed (temperatures have highs of 28 degrees). 

While summers are too hot, spring is the perfect time to enjoy paddling in the American River. Explore the historic Old Town District, take a tour of the State Capitol Museum or cruise on the Sacramento River, this pretty city is a bit touristy yet quite pleasant.

  • Visitors Center Address: 1000 2nd St, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States
  • Average temperatures in Sacramento in May – 28 degrees

My must-do highlights of Sacramento

  • Wander around the Spanish-influenced buildings, shops and restaurants at the landmark that is State Historic Park.
  • For those who love art, a trip to the Crocker Art Museum is a great attraction to see featuring a variety of masterpieces.
  • Spend the day at Raging Waters, a fun water park ideal on a hot day with over 25 thrilling activities.

How to get to Sacramento

Well known for being one of the easiest places to reach on the West Coast, you can arrive by air, train or car.

Sacramento International Airport boasts an array of non-stop destinations across North America, and is situated less that a 15-minute journey away from downtown with a shuttle bus running every 20-30 minutes to take you there.

The Amtrak station is located in downtown and is the 7th busiest in the country, making it a perfect way to arrive into the heart of the city.

For those who are looking to drive, there are several major roads and highways to arrive in via.

15. Monument Valley, Arizona – one of the best places to explore in May in the USA

Monument Valley Utah

Part of the Colorado Plateau, America’s enigmatic landscape, the Monument Valley is nature’s wonderland full of spires, buttes, red rock creations, and a stunning desert-like landscape.

One of the best parks to visit in the USA, Monument Valley has been a visitor’s favorite with its pretty unusual features.

Clear skies, warm weather, and cool nights make spring one of the most delightful seasons to visit through the months of March to late May.

The pleasant daytime temperatures in the mid-70s, stable weather, and lesser crowd make for a nice day trip to this vibrant terrain.

  • Visitors Center Address: U.S. 163 Scenic, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536, United States
  • Average temperatures in Monument Valley in May – 26 degrees

My must-do highlights of Monument Valley

  • Hike around one of the most scenic locations in the valley, Wildcat Trail.
  • Catch a vibrant and breathtaking sunrise over the naturally formed landscape.
  • Take a driving tour around the area offering the most magnificent views.

How to get to Monument Valley

You’ll need a car to drive around Monument Valley, it’s located on the border of Arizona and Utah and the best route to enter the protected area is I-163 (Scenic Byway 163), which is a scenic and photogenic road that will take you straight into the center of the valley.

If you need to fly into the area then the nearest airport is Page which is serviced by three full-service FBO’s: American Aviation, Classic Aviation and Lake Powell Jet Center. A larger airport Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ / KCEZ), Colorado is located 111 miles away and has domestic flights and car rentals are available at both airports. 

16. Port Aransas, Texas – one of best beaches to visit in spring

Port Aransas, Texas - warm May beach break

Port Aransas, Texas - warm beach break in May

This is a busy tourist spot in Texas but it’s popular for a reason – the beaches here are wonderful. Located on the Texas Coast on Mustang Island in the balmy Gulf of Mexico, there is a great range of things to do here as well.

Highlights include Roberts Point Park where an observation tower is located for beautiful bay views and awesome dolphin sightings, Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center which offers a cool boardwalk crossing alligator-inhabited wetlands.

Boats also run from Fisherman’s Wharf to secluded San José Island. Temperatures average around 28 degrees in this month so enjoy your warm May beach destination!

  • Visitors Center Address: 403 W Cotter Ave, Port Aransas, TX 78373, United States
  • Average temperatures in Port Aransas in May – 28 degrees

My must-do highlights of Port Aransas

  • Check out the local museum, Port Aransas Museum, housed in a 20th century kit house where you can view several exhibits.
  • Taste the gourmet coffee at Coffee Waves, and the delicious gelato that serves over 90 flavors.
  • Embark upon a adrenaline pumping experience by taking a sky dive over the city with Skydive South Texas.

How to get to Port Aransas

The closest major airport is Corpus Christi International Airport which hosts flights from all major cities across the US as well as international flights. From here you can easily hop on a bus, rent a car or use a door-to-door taxi service to get to the city with it being around a 45-minute journey away.

A fun way to travel to this location is with the ferry with Port Aransas Ferry System, which departs from Aransas Pass on the mainland 7-days a week and 24-hours a day.

Driving into Port Aransas is made possible via State Highway 361.

17. Atlanta, Georgia – for a fun and creative city break in spring

Atlanta CIty USA

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Known for its world-class attractions, ample parks, and shopping districts, Atlanta makes for a year-round travel destination. The city’s fairly moderate subtropical climate and conditions make it favorable almost all year.

Plan a perfect trip from March to May and from September to November with average highs in the mid-60s to upper 70s.

Witness the green spaces come alive with musical concerts in full swing in the spring with pleasant weather, moderate prices, and memorable events.

Attend the Jazz Festival, explore the downtown, or plan a day trip to the nearby Georgia mountains, it’s a great time to head outdoors and enjoy a picnic in a shaded park.

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 267 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 
  • Average temperatures in Atlanta in May are – 27 degrees

My must-do highlights of Atlanta

  • Visit the Atlanta Fair for a day filled with fun on the carnival games, exciting rides and delicious food.
  • Indulge in one of the unique, themed dining experiences for a one-of-a-kind evening.
  • Admire and capture Insta-worthy shots of the vibrant street art located across the city.

How to get to Atlanta, Georgia

Atalanta is a very easily accessed city to get to. Being a hub of many attractions and activities it is a very popular location to travel to.

Many choose to fly into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is known for being one of the world’s busiest airports. Boasting to offer non-stop flights from over 150 domestic destinations and 70 international locations, it is sure to have a route which suits you.

Other public transport options include taking the Greyhound bus service which stops at the airport, bringing people from all over the country, as well as the AMTRAK train with the Atlanta stop being situated between Midtown and Buckhead.

Being an inland city surrounded by major highways, driving in is also a good way to travel here if you have a car or have hired one. Depending on the direction you are coming from using routes I-85, I-75 or I-20 are the best ways to enter the Atlanta.

18. New Orleans, Louisiana – for fun times and warm temperatures

New Orleans - great destinations to visit in USA in May

New Orleans May Break

The ever chirpy and easygoing city of New Orleans is where you can experience southern hospitality with fantastic live music & incredible food any time of the year.

Marking mild weather with many special events including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the city comes alive with visitors from all over the world during spring.

While the days get warmer with relatively less humidity, you can enjoy pleasant weather with average daily highs in the low 70s and mid-80s.

Explore the city or take a tour of the French Quarter’s beautiful homes, the comfortably cool climate makes it a great time to enjoy the Big Easy vacation.

  • Visitors’ Centre Address: 339 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70130, United States
  • Average temperatures in New Orleans in May – 29 degrees

My must-do highlights of New Orleans

  • If you can, visit on Cinco de Mayo for a lively week of music, tacos and margaritas. 
  • Hop on a sight seeing tour to check out several of the attractions throughout the city.
  • Ride on an airboat tour for a fast and exciting trip across the warm watered swamps.

How to get to New Orleans, Louisiana

The city is a melting pot of culture and has a conveniently located airport just 15 miles west in the town of Kenner.

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) was recently renovated in 2019 and has flights arriving from most domestic airlines as well as some regional lines.

From the airport is it possible to rent a car or travel by shuttle bus to the French Quarter and the Central Business District which takes roughly 30 to 45 minutes depending on traffic.

19. Savannah, Georgia – for a charming May city break Savannah - best places to visit in USA

Savannah - best places to visit in the USA in spring

Once you decide to venture south, Savannah makes an appealing trip with its beautiful architecture, flowering streets, and blooming azaleas.

Spring is when the weather is at its best, with smaller crowds, lower prices, and lively events. The best time to visit Savannah is from March to June and from mid-September to mid-November.

The subtropical climate of Savannah makes a pleasantly warm spring with average temperatures in peak 70s and 80s. Explore the city by foot or visit the nearby seafront town of Charleston to add to your trip with Savannah’s rich history. 

  • Visitors’ Centre Address: 301 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401, USA
  • Average temperatures in Savannah in May – 29 degrees

My must-do highlights of Savannah

  • Stroll around the shopping boutiques to browse through and purchase an eclectic array of items.
  • Ride around the beautiful Forsyth Park on a bike and stop off for a picnic surrounded by the stunning greenery.
  • Chill out on the beach for the day, located on Tybee Island.

How to get to Savannah

Arriving by plane is a great option when travelling into this picturesque city, with non-stop routes arriving from 37 different locations to the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport.

If you’re looking to arrive by car, coming in from the East Coast is made easy with Interstate 95 and from the West with Interstate 16. 

There are also options to get here on the Amtrak train or Greyhound bus service with their stations being situated in the center of Savannah.

20. Sanibel Island, Florida – for gorgeous island scenery and a hot weather vacation

Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida

One of the best island destinations for a vacation in May, this gorgeous island is located in southwest Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Temperatures in May average around 32 degrees so it makes a wonderful hot May break in the USA.

It’s famous for its sunsets, lighthouse, luxurious resorts, and beautiful beaches filled with shells.

Head for Lighthouse Beach which has a fishing pier, The Causeway Beaches for water-sports, the striking 19th-century Sanibel Lighthouse, the charming boardwalk which winds itself through marshes, and J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge which covers about half of the island.

  • Visitors’ Centre Address: 1159 Causeway Blvd, Sanibel, FL 33957, United States
  • Average temperatures in Sanibel Island in May – 32 degrees

My must-do highlights of Sanibel Island

  • Discover the beaches located along 12-miles of shoreline, where four legged furry friends are also welcome.
  • Hire a kayak and spend some time floating around out on the gorgeous waters, perfect for a hot weather day.
  • Play a round of golf at the 18-hole The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club course.

How to get to Sanibel Island

Southwest Florida International Airport is approximately a 40-minute drive from the island, hosting both non-stop domestic and international flights from an array of cities, it is the largest airport in the area. You can then hire a car from the airport to make the commute.

Start your getaway with a road trip to Sanibel Island, you will need to arrive via the Interstate 75 to Florida and then head towards Sanibel Island Causeway and Toll Plaza which takes you over to this stunning location.

21. Napa Valley, California – for very warm daytime temperatures and fewer crowds

Napa Valley Springtime

Napa Valley Spring Break

Synonymous with countless wineries, rich history, and a cultural scene, Napa Valley serves as a quaint getaway with a Mediterranean climate.

A rejuvenating time of the year, the season of spring brings along vibrant green hillsides, mild temperatures, and adorning wildflowers.

As the days get longer and the average highs tend to range in the mid-60s to 70s, the warm climate makes for an ideal wine tasting outdoors. Savor the sights of Napa, admire the extensive arts at Hall St. Helena, or treat yourself to a relaxing spa with decent hotel rates and lower crowds.

  • Visitors’ Centre Address: 1300 1st St #313, Napa, CA 94559, USA
  • Average temperatures in Napa Valley in May – 26 degrees

My must-do highlights of Napa Valley

  • Stop by a farmers market to buy local produced fruits, vegetables and view cooking demonstrations being held.
  • Take a ride on the 25-mile long wine train where you can enjoy excellent service and mouth watering food.
  • Go on the Napa Art Walk showcasing a range of wonderful and unique pieces created by several artists.

How to get to Napa Valley

The closest and most convenient airport is located 1-hour away in Santa Rosa, Charles M. Schulz – Sonoma County Airport. With several airlines boasting non-stop flights from cities across the US, it is accessible for many people to travel via. The fastest way to get from here to Napa Valley is to drive, with a car rental service located at the airport.

A scenic way to travel is with the San Francisco Bay Ferry arriving in Vallejo Transit Center with a connecting bus service, VINE Transit.

Amtrak offer a service via the San Joaquins train stopping in Martinez station where you can then take the Amtrak Thruway Bus Route 7 to arrive at your destination.

22. Ocracoke, North Carolina – one of the best places to vacation in May filled with tranquil and beautiful island scenery 

Ocracoke, North Carolina - warm spring breaks

Ocracoke, North Carolina

Looking for relaxing and warm May vacation ideas? This is a lovely unspoilt destination and a great choice for a beautiful and tranquil May break. Ocracoke is a village on the charming Ocracoke Island which is part of North Carolina’s coastal Outer Banks region.

The scenery is quaint and picturesque and highlights include the historic Ocracoke Lighthouse which dates from 1823, the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum which is set in an early 1900s house, pretty Silver Lake filled with bobbing boats, a harbor lined with shops and restaurants, and 16 miles of pristine beaches.

May is also quite a warm month to visit and temperatures average 24 degrees during this spring month.

  • Visitors’ Centre Address: 38 Irvin Garrish Hwy, Ocracoke, NC 27960, United States
  • Average temperatures in Ocracoke in May – 24 degrees

My must-do highlights of Ocracoke

  • Go paddle boarding on the calm waters of Silver Lake Harbor.
  • Take a trip to see the oldest and smallest lighthouse of outer banks, Ocracoke Island Lighthouse.
  • Grab a cocktail whilst enjoying a gorgeous sunset at one of the bars located along the waterfront.

How to get to Ocracoke

The only way to get to this location is via boat. A free service can be accessed with Hatteras Ferry located off Highway 12, where as the other two services are tolled but may suit your departure destination better, The Swan Quarter Ferry for those arriving from the west and Cedar Island Ferry for those arriving from the south.

23. Sedona, Arizona – for a fantastic outdoor May getaway

Sedona Arizona - May vacation ideas

Arizona’s scenic respite set against the backdrop of soaring red canyons, pine forests, towering rocks and desert, Sedona is a haven for outdoor sports enthusiasts.

While summer in Sedona can be a scorcher, spring and fall offer the best weather with lower lodging rates and happening events.

With an average temperature ranging from the mid-60s to the low 80s, March through May offers refreshingly chilly weather for indulging in outdoor activities like hiking, jeep tours, and shopping in Uptown Sedona.

Relish the desert flora in Sedona with colorful blossoms and mesmerizing sunsets.

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: Sedona Visitor Information Center, 331 Forest Road, Sedona, AZ, 86336, Phone: 928.282.7722
  • Average temperatures in Sedona in May – 30 degrees

My must-do highlights of Sedona 

  • Hire an ATV and take an adventurous drive across the Instagrammable scenery throughout West Sedona Canyon outback.
  • Enjoy a gorgeous sunrise whilst floating through the sky on a hot air balloon ride overlooking the Red Rocks.
  • Stroll through Uptown Sedona to explore around the shopping boutiques and restaurants.

How to get to Sedona

We would suggest flying into Phoenix International Airport, from where you can hire a car and drive the roughly 100 miles to Sedona, or take the dedicated shuttle bus service operated by Amtrak.

 If flying domestically, you can fly into Flagstaff or Prescott airports, each around an hour away, and drive or take local transport links. 

24. Miami, Florida – famous for offering the best spring breaks in the USA with live music, gorgeous beaches, and warm weather

Miami, Florida, USA

A beach in Miami USA

An epic beach city with a sun-blessed coastline, sprawling downtown, live music scene, and wonderfully warm weather, Miami is the epitome of “Sunny Florida”.

With relatively warm temperatures and lesser rains, March to May is the best time to plan for a low-key and soothing getaway to Miami and South Florida.

While visitors can expect optimal temperatures in the 70s and mid 80’s during the dry season, a spring visit allows you to escape the peak winter rates.

Find one of the many amazing hotels in Miami, take a cool dip in the South beach, indulge in water sports, or get tanned while lounging on the wide beaches, the city offers a fine blend of history and arts.

  • Visitors Centre Address: 530 17th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
  • Average temperatures in Miami in May – 28 degrees

My must-do highlights of Miami

  • Cruise along the coastline on a speedboat cruise, an exciting way to check out the sights and skyline.
  • Explore around the gardens of the Renaissance-inspired mansion, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. 
  • Wander around the lively Cuban district in the city on a walking tour of Little Havana.

How to get to Miami, Florida

Miami is one of the most popular and frequently visited cities in America, meaning that there are myriad ways to make your way to this one-of-a-kind hub of music, art, food, nightlife and culture.

Fly directly into Miami International Airport (MIA) from cities and countries all over the world, and then either take a cab, shared shuttle, or bus right into the heart of downtown.

Car rental is also of course available from the airport and in the city itself too, which is a great option if you’re looking to branch out from Miami and explore other nearby towns and highlights such as Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, and the world-famous everglades.

25. Arches National Park, Utah – incredible sights, expansive desert valleys and wide blue skies

Arches National Park USA

Arches National Park USA

America’s most diverse National Park, the Arches National Park holds unique sandstone arches, incredible sights, expansive desert valleys, wide blue skies, and much more.

One of my favorite times to be in the park in early spring. With sunny skies, comfortable weather, and gorgeous sunsets, the park has many family-friendly attractions for a fun adventure.

The daytime temperatures range from about 60-80 degrees, making it a perfect time to hike the longer trails of the park.

Hit on America’s National Parks Week, admire the scenery or take a scenic drive, the red rock state has some awe-inspiring vistas.

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: Ut-211, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, UT 84532, +1 435-259-4711
  • Average temperatures in Arches National Park in May – 26 degrees

My must-do highlights Arches National Park

  • Embark up the 19-mile long road along the Arches Scenic Drive and stop to admire several of the many scenic sights.
  • Hike to the Delicate Arch and make sure to grab an Insta-worthy shot featuring the picturesque mountains in the background.
  • If you’re looking to learn more about the park, take part in a free Ranger-Led program.

How to get to Arches National Park

Salt Lake City International Airport is the closest international airport to Moab, though Moab does have its own regional airport and there are domestic flights arriving at other regional airports, or you can fly into Denver International Airport, so it depends what is more convenient for you.

There are bus services from Salt Lake City that will take you to Moab, and the Rocky Monuntaineer train line goes through Moab.

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3 thoughts on “Top 25 Awesome Places to Visit in May in the USA (2023)”

  1. Amazing tourist destinations! It’s so cool. I should be making plans now.Thanks for showing us these beautiful spots!

  2. What a great list of places to visit in the USA in the Spring. Arches National Park is one of my favorites. In addition to Arches, the nearby city of Moab is a fun place to add to your trip. We actually plan to visit both Arches and Moab this May as a family.

  3. Napa Valley and Yosemite have always been a charm for me. I will visit these two places definitely after covid as it is my dream to go there and stay inside the national park. Thanks for the wonderful information.


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