Best Places to Visit in May

May, with its pleasantly warm weather and few crowds, offers the perfect time to take a vacation before the expensive summer season. Factoring in sights, weather, traveler sentiment and annual events, U.S. News rounded up the top five places to visit during the month of May. Whether you're looking for an outdoor adventure or a beach getaway, you can't go wrong with these destinations. Cast your vote below to help determine next year's list. 

  • Washington, D.C.
    View 56 Photos
    Belongs on List?

    Washington, D.C.

    #1 in Best Places to Visit in May

    The nation's capital brims with bright blooms come late spring thanks to daytime highs in the mid-70s. The weather is ideal for photo ops at monuments along the National Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial and the National World War II Memorial. Visiting in May also ensures that you'll sidestep the tourist crowds and inflated prices of early spring's National Cherry Blossom Festival.

    Read More
  • Yellowstone
    View 32 Photos
    Belongs on List?

    Yellowstone

    #2 in Best Places to Visit in May

    By late May, most of Yellowstone's trails and attractions are open, welcoming eager nature enthusiasts seeking a breath of fresh air. The 60-degree temperatures provide the perfect atmosphere for a hike on one of the trails to Old Faithful or a kayaking trip on Yellowstone Lake. For a glimpse of wildlife, head to Lamar Valley to view wolf pups emerging from their dens. Keep in mind that if you visit during Memorial Day weekend, you'll likely run into crowds.

    Read More
  • Jackson Hole
    View 30 Photos
    Belongs on List?

    Jackson Hole

    #3 in Best Places to Visit in May

    While this Wyoming town is known for its superb ski conditions, Jackson Hole is home to a host of outdoor attractions off the slopes best enjoyed in the mild spring climate. Get in touch with your inner cowboy by horseback riding or go fly-fishing to catch your own dinner. You can also join the fun at the annual ElkFest, where the local Boy Scout troop auctions off elk antlers to help pay for upkeep of the National Elk Refuge. Another major plus: You'll find reduced room rates at many upscale resorts and hotels.

    Read More
  • Miami Beach
    View 31 Photos
    Belongs on List?

    Miami Beach

    #4 in Best Places to Visit in May

    Itching for a beach getaway before summer is in full swing? Miami Beach is the place to go. Not only are temperatures in the mid-80s, but by May, spring-breaking coeds are long gone leaving you plenty of space to stretch out on the sand in South Beach. You may want to catch a midafternoon nap if you plan on partying until the wee hours at the nightclubs along Ocean Drive.

    Read More
  • Williamsburg
    View 29 Photos
    Belongs on List?

    Williamsburg

    #5 in Best Places to Visit in May

    This Virginia town is jampacked with historical sites that provide a window into how colonists lived. Travelers can visit blacksmith and masonry shops or tour restored 18th-century homes complete with re-enactors dressed in period garb. If you time your visit for May – before school lets out for the summer – you'll be rewarded with fewer crowds at Colonial Williamsburg and the nearby Busch Gardens.

    Read More

Vote to Add these Destinations to the Rankings

You May Be Interested In

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

30 Top Babymoon Destinations, Trips and Ideas

From romantic beach getaways to big city adventures to glamping in the forest, these locales will inspire your babymoon planning.

October 15, 2019

15 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

These tips will help pregnant women travel the world in comfort and style.

October 10, 2019

The Best Chicago Segway Tours

See all the top sights in the Windy City without breaking a sweat.

October 3, 2019

The Best Washington, D.C., Bus Tours

Here's everything you need to know about D.C. bus tours.

October 1, 2019

How to Visit Vatican City: Tours and Things to See

This country within Rome has a lot to offer travelers.

September 30, 2019

13 Beautiful Castles in Germany

Fall in love with Germany's noble past by touring its magnificent collection of historic castles.

September 26, 2019

The Best Antelope Canyon Tours

Here's the essential information you need for a satisfying visit.

September 26, 2019

How to Get to Machu Picchu: Tours and Tips for Visiting

Here is everything you need to know to plan a trip to Machu Picchu.

September 24, 2019

15 Things a Hotel Concierge Can Help You With

From tying bow ties to teaching local languages, there's almost no request a concierge can't handle.

September 23, 2019

The Best Gettysburg Tours

Use these helpful tips to plan a successful visit to the national military park.

September 18, 2019