The best places to visit in May in the USA

20 best places to visit in May in the USA

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. So from natural wonders to cool city trips, here are the best places to visit in May in the USA

Texas Hills Country – a beautiful scenic place to explore in the spring

Texas Hill Country Photo

Texas Hill Country flowers

A mix of natural landmarks, pretty small-towns, and historical attractions, Texas Hill Country is packed with rich history and culture. Filled with scenic rivers, lovely lakes, rugged terrain, and beautiful flora, Texas Hill Country is full of outdoor adventures to choose from.

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.

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

Shenandoah National Park Springtime

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.

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. While the snow is almost melted, campgrounds are open, early spring can let you explore the park without having to wait in lines of traffic. Easily one of the best places to explore in May! 

Annapolis, Maryland – makes a fantastic city break to visit in May

Annapolis Maryland in May

Combining rich history and maritime charm, the capital city of Annapolis is a historical treasure. 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.

Yosemite – more pleasant temperatures and before the summer crowds arrive

Yosemite National Park on GlobalGrasshopper.com

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.

Monterey – makes a wonderful coastal break in May

 Monterey - a springtime break

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.

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.

Austin – for a fun city break to take in May

Austin Texas USA

Austin experiences high season twice a year, mainly during spring and fall when the temperatures are perfect. 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.

Block Island, Rhode Island – a gorgeous May vacation destination Block Island Rhode Island USA

One of the prettiest locations in Rhode Island, Block Island makes for a fun and adventurous day. 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. Take a dip in Crescent Beach or explore the Mohegan Bluffs, you’ll have a completely different state of mind and atmosphere.

Philadelphia – a cool city to explore in May with plenty of outdoor celebrations Philadelphia in spring time

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.

Bend Oregon – a perfect springtime destination for outdoor lovers 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.

Las Vegas and Grand Canyon – May is a great time to visit these two iconic places

Cool places to visit in the USA in May

Grand Canyon National Park

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.

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.

Ocean City, Maryland – for an awesome  family vacation in May

Ocean City, 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.

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

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.

Monument Valley – 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 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.

Atlanta – for a great creative city break in spring

Atlanta CIty USA

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.

New Orleans – for fun times and warm temperatures

New Orleans - great destinations to visit in USA in May

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.

Savannah – 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 pleasantly warm spring with average temperatures on 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. 

Napa Valley – very warm daytime temperatures and less crowds

Napa Valley Springtime

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.

Sedona, Arizona 

Sedona - best places to visit in Arizona

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.

Miami – live music, gorgeous beaches and warm weather

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. 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.

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

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 the 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.

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Beth was born under a wandering star, with drama in her veins and ink in her pen. After stints studying theatre in Dublin and Utrecht she used her creative streak to see as much of the world as she could on as little money. She toured Italian Schools with a children's theatre troop, lived as an au-pair in both Rome and Washington DC, explored the British countryside, worked her way through much of Europe, Salsa'd in Cuba and road tripped down America's west coast where she discovered her spiritual home; Portland, Oregon. In between adventures she resides peacefully with her cat and ukulele amid the misty valleys and rolling hills of beautiful South Wales.

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