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20 Awesome Places To Visit In May In The USA

With winter entirely over, longer days, and summer just around the corner, I think spring is one of the best times to explore the diverse landscapes – with warm weather but before the worst of the crowds arrive.

From my time spent traveling around, here are my favorite spots to discover during this month…

1. Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country Photo

Garner State Park Texas Hill Country
Garner State Park Texas Hill Country

Texas Hill Country flowers

This region is a beautiful mix of natural landmarks, picturesque small towns, and historical attractions, and I’m a huge fan! 

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

Temperatures warm the state in the shoulder season from late March to this month, with warm sunshine and an average of 30 degrees during spring.

I highly recommend not missing the Kerrville Folk Festival or, if you arrive early enough, the Strawberry Festival, hiking, biking, floating, or soaking in the warm Texas sunshine before the searing summers start! 

  • Visitor’s Centre Address: 160 Ingram Hills Rd, Ingram, TX 78025, Phone: +1 830-367-2151
  • Average temperature – 30 degrees
  • Location Map and Directions

My favorite highlights…

  • Visiting the magical enchanted rock formed from pink granite (one of the largest in the country).
  • Discovering what is in the Cave Without a Name – a unique spot 80 feet below the ground.
  • Stopping at the many quirky roadside attractions! 

2. Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park Springtime

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Shenandoah National Park

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

Whether you want to chill or indulge in outdoor activities, I love that this park has everything! Wildlife to spot here includes beautiful black bears, coyotes, white-tailed deer, big brown bats, bobcats, and spotted skunks, but I suggest being a bit careful when trying to spot them! 

Surprisingly, the park is sleepy during spring, with wildflowers popping and blooming azaleas and cool temperatures away from the crowds. April and this month are the best times for hiking, bird watching, and star-gazing.

The snow is almost melting, temperatures are relatively warm, campgrounds are open, and you can explore the park in early spring without waiting in traffic lines.

My favorite highlights…

  • Exploring the 105-mile Skyline Drive filled with scenic overlooks and Insta-worthy viewpoints.
  • Hiking to the tallest waterfall in the park via Dark Hallow Falls trail (one of the most popular routes to take).
  • Renting an E-bike and stopping off at a wine-tasting tour.

3. Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis City Maryland

Annapolis Maryland in May

Annapolis colorful houses

The capital city of Annapolis is a historical treasure combining a rich history and maritime charm. I honestly think the best time to explore the city is in the spring, when it is full of blossoms, the weather is mild, and the sailing season starts with colorful boats filling the waters! 

While spring highs might rise between the mid-60s and 70s, I personally think the temperatures are just right.

Spring fills the city with vibrant hues and outdoor festivals, and I highly recommend getting involved in as many as you can! 

Witness the May Day celebrations, visit the historic state capitol, or explore downtown; the lively city always greets me with open arms.

My highlights…

  • Hopping on a trolley tour around the city to see the gorgeous houses, major landmarks and views of the Severn River.
  • Tasting craft beers alongside delicious food at the first nano brewery in Annapolis, Forward Brewing.
  • Wandering through the shops located on Main Street, home to boutiques, galleries, and resturants.

4. Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park on

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park

I love Yosemite National Park! I love its beautiful waterfalls, towering granite monoliths, deep valleys, giant sequoia groves and panoramic views. When I visited, I couldn’t quite believe it existed; yes, it is that special! 

As well as being a mecca for daredevil rock climbers and nature lovers, the stunningly rugged landscape comes alive in spring when the waterfalls are at their peak, wildflowers are in bloom, and the temperatures are very pleasant (although nights can be chilly).

Early spring marks the opening of the iconic Tioga Pass, a scenic drive across the mountains and into the high country.

I highly recommend heading to the Cook’s Meadow Loop or Wawona Meadow Loop and watching the bright colors peek out of the snow.

My favorite highlights…

  • Hiring a bike from Yosemite Valley Lodge, cycling around the area and discovering scenic landscapes.
  • Stopping at Tunnel View on State Highway 41 to see the picturesque and spectacular El Capitan, Bridalviel Falls, and Half Dome.
  • Taking a trip to the iconic Yosemite Falls which is flowing at its highest point during this month.

5. Monterey, California Monterey - a springtime break

Monterey Cannery Row California

Monterey in spring

Brimming with beaches, coastal terrain, historic sites, and stunning scenery, the quaint and beautiful city of Monterey is filled with diverse marine ecosystems.

In my opinion, the best time to explore Monterey is between April and this month when temperatures average around 19 degrees, and there are far fewer crowds to contend with! 

With warmer temperatures, blossoming flowers, and moderate weather (with occasional rain), spring here has fewer crowds and eclectic food festivals.

I would suggest experiencing the magic by dining in its former warehouses turned resturants, visiting its iconic museums, exploring its captivating bay, and getting involved in its 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
  • Average temperatures – 19 degrees
  • Location Map and Directions

My highlights…

  • Walking along the 18-mile Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, which features beautiful views and flowers.
  • Taking a guided tour around the fascinating historic buildings at the state park.
  • Checking out the wonderful collection of art and exhibits at The Monterey Museum of Art

6. Austin, Texas Austin Texas USA

Barton Creek Bridge Austin

Austin Texas Summer

Austin experiences a 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, Austin is affordable even during the busiest seasons.

While the weather is pleasantly mild with some moisture, gorgeous blooms can be seen throughout the region. Known for its sunny days and outdoor activities, I personally think this month is an ideal time to visit before the soaring Texan summer becomes barely tolerable!

I highly recommend exploring downtown Austin, taking a trip to Zilker Park, and swimming in the refreshing waters of Barton Springs! 

  • Visitor’s Center Address: 111 Congress Ave. Suite 700, Austin, TX 78701
  • Average temperatures – 30 degrees
  • Location and Directions

My favorite highlights…

  • Visiting the Mohawk located downtown, which hosts both touring and upcoming artists.
  • Taking a dip in the natural Barton Springs Pool, which stays up to 68 degrees all year round.
  • Learning how to do two-step dancing at Broken Spoke!

7. Block Island, Rhode Island

Block Island, Rhode Island

Block Island Spring Break in May

Block Island, Rhode Island

In my opinion, 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, and even a beautiful lighthouse, which I absolutely love (and so did my Instagram followers)! 

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

I recommend relaxing on Crescent Beach or exploring the Mohegan Bluffs; I promise you’ll be in a completely different state of mind and atmosphere.

Temperatures average around 16 degrees this month, so I suggest packing some warm clothes!

My highlights…

  • Hiking up to Mohegan Bluffs for a magnificent view overlooking the beautiful ocean and landscape.
  • Discovering an array of awesome shops in the town, including art galleries, clothes stores, and jewelry boutiques.
  • Hiring a bike to explore the island and seeing the famous lighthouses, the Great Salt Pond, and nature trails.

8. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia in spring time

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Spring Band

Philadelphia - best places to visit

I personally think you can’t go wrong with visiting this cosmopolitan capital at any point in the year. Although I think this month is a great time to visit, it is lovely and not too hot yet, 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, the city has a real buzz about the place in spring, as if it’s awakening from a slumber!

It’s prime time to see the city’s cherry blossom trees in Fairmont Park, and there are plenty of food fetes, blooming tulips, sporting events, and even park parties!

I would also highly recommend sightseeing all the incredible historic landmarks like Franklin Square, Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall and heading to hip neighborhoods like lively Fishtown or Rittenhouse Square for eclectic shopping, cool bars, and fabulous eats.

My highlights…

  • Going on a guided walking tour of the city, where I discovered hidden gems, cool facts, and learned the area’s history.
  • Checking out a fun baseball game!
  • Buying a tourist pass and getting a discount on several main tourist attractions.

9. Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon - outdoor May breaks

Bend Oregon Spring

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 reaching the mid-80s and the landscape lush and green, I personally think 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, and I recommend getting involved as much as possible to make the most of this place.

Activities include snowshoeing, mountain climbing, spelunking, caving, snowmobiling, kayaking, hiking, and even climbing lava tubes! The list goes on and on! 

I suggest hiking around the beautiful lakes, rock climbing at Smith Rock, and tranquil paddleboarding along the Deschutes River. This place always restores my inner peace! 

My favorite highlights…

  • Taking a trip to Newberry National Volcanic Monument and viewing the wonderful rock formations created from previous eruptions.
  • Kayaking along the Deschutes River surrounded by gorgeous scenery.
  • Hiking through the Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area is filled with exceptional views and breathtaking landscapes. 

10. Las Vegas and Grand Canyon

Las Vegas

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Grand Canyon

Often referred to as the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’, Las Vegas is the ultimate playground of adventures, cuisines, and nightlife scenes, and when you visit, you’ll see why! 

While the Sin City sees an influx of visitors during winters and scorching summers, I honestly think the best time to visit the city is from March to this month and from September to November.

It’s still one of the warmest states to visit this month, but temperatures are much more manageable and hover around 32 degrees during the day.

You’ll find various events, hot (but not unbearable) daily temperatures, and fewer crowds. Nearby the city is the Grand Canyon, and I highly suggest a visit here—it’s a one-in-a-lifetime experience! 

Spring and fall make for an ideal trip to the canyon for hiking, skywalking, and discovering the wildflower blooms, but I would also highly recommend just enjoying the scenic vistas.

My highlights…

  • Capturing an unbelievable Instagrammable shot overlooking the Grand Canyon after hiking around the area.
  • Checking out a fun show at MGM Grand.
  • Take a road trip drive from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon.

11. Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire - best places to visit in May

Known as “The Oldest Summer Resort in America,” I personally think this pretty town in Carroll County, New Hampshire, is a fabulous destination for a weekend trip or spring break.

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

The town is nestled on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee and is surrounded by unspoiled forests and mountains. Plenty of shopping, dining, entertainment, and other activities and attractions await.

I highly recommend visiting the 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 – 19 degrees
  • Location Map and Directions

My highlights…

  • Visiting Lake Wentworth where I went for a walk, relaxed on its shores, and swam in the waters.
  • Spending the morning at one of their farmer’s markets and discovering many artisan, local produce, and hand-crafted items.
  • Driving down to Merrymeeting Lake and snapping the gorgeous sunset.

12. Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City Boardwalk

Ocean City, Maryland

The easy-going and bubbly Ocean City is all about seaside family fun and endless water sports. It offers a close proximity to D.C, sparkling beaches, gorgeous wide dunes, amazing water sports activities and awesome sunsets.

Although it has plenty of fun events around the year, I personally think Ocean City is best from late May to early September, as the average highs range in the mid-80s.

I highly recommend hopping on a jet ski, swimming in the waves, going kayaking, or simply sunbathing on the southern shore; you’ll find plenty of spots to relax away from the crowds.

My highlights…

  • Spending the day at the beach and going swimming.
  • Enjoying adrenaline-pumping fun at the Jolly Roger Amusement Park, filled with rides, games, and food.
  • Visiting the Northside Park which covers over 55 acres of land and features several walking trails, parks, and sports activities.

13. Edisto Island, South Carolina

Edisto Island South Carolina

Edisto Island, South Carolina

Edisto Island, South Carolina

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

The pretty island is part of the South Carolina Sea Islands in Charleston County and has plenty of activities to get involved in! 

I recommend exploring the Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management Area, which is filled with wonderful wildlife, including a small beach where sea turtles nest and you can even go dolphin and whale watching.

Other attractions I’d suggest exploring are the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Museum and the pretty Edisto Beach State Park, where you can even go camping. 

My personal highlights…

  • Exploring the Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve, which was filled with over 4,000 acres of woods, wetlands, and fields.
  • Learning about the area’s history by visiting the preservation museum and seeing the array of interesting artifacts.
  • Enjoying a unique experience by camping overnight at the state park.

14. Sacramento, California The best things to do in Sacramento

Cool cafe Sacramento

Hip cafe in Sacramento

I love this city! It’s buzzing with a vibrant public art scene, historic sites, museums, and farm-to-table restaurants.

Sacramento is an affordable and family-friendly destination. Most festivals occur in spring and early summer, so this month is a great time to visit.

Springtime in Sacramento is lovely, as it’s not too hot yet, and the foggy weather has passed (temperatures can reach 28 degrees). 

I would highly recommend exploring the historic Old Town District, taking a tour of the State Capitol Museum, paddling in the American River, and cruising the Sacramento River. 

This easy-on-the-eye city can be very touristy in some areas, but I’m still a huge fan! 

My favorite highlights…

  • Wandering around the Spanish-influenced buildings, shops, and restaurants at State Historic Park.
  • Seeing amazing art at Crocker Art Museum.
  • Spending the day at Raging Waters, a fun water park home to over 25 thrilling activities.

15. Monument Valley, Arizona

Monument Valley Utah

Monument Valley, Arizona

Monument Valley Highway

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

I love the unique – and very Instagrammable – landscapes and the endless hiking trails they have here. It’s also a very popular spot to go rock climbing. 

Clear skies, warm weather, and cool nights make spring one of the most delightful seasons from March to late this month.

In my opinion, the warm and pleasant daytime temperatures, stable weather, and fewer crowds make this a fantastic spring break destination.

  • Visitors Center Address: U.S. 163 Scenic, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ 84536
  • Average temperatures – 26 degrees
  • Location Map and Directions

My highlights…

  • Hiking the most scenic location in the valley, the Wildcat Trail.
  • Catching a breathtaking and Instaworthy sunrise over the naturally formed landscape.
  • Taking a driving tour with my camera and photographing the stunning views.

16. Port Aransas, Texas

Port Aransas, Texas - warm May beach break

Port Aransas boats, Texas

Port Aransas, Texas - warm beach break in May

This is a busy tourist spot in Texas, but it’s popular for a reason – I personally think the beaches here are really beautiful.

Located on the Texas Coast on Mustang Island in the balmy Gulf of Mexico, there is also a great range of things to do here.

My favorite highlights include Roberts Point Park, where an observation tower offers beautiful bay views and dolphin sightings, and Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center which has a fantastic boardwalk crossing alligator-inhabited wetlands. 

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

My personal highlights…

  • Checking out the local museum, Port Aransas Museum which is housed in a 20th-century kit house.
  • Tasting the gourmet coffee at Coffee Waves.
  • Going on an adrenaline-pumping skydive over the city with Skydive South Texas! 

17. Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta CIty USA

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta City in the Summer

This fun city has world-class attractions, gorgeous parks, and shopping districts. It is a great year-round travel destination with a moderate subtropical climate.

I’d recommend a visit from either March to this month or from September to November, when average temperatures are around 27 degrees.

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

I recommend attending the Jazz Festival, exploring downtown, or planning a day trip to the nearby Georgia mountains; it’s a great time to head outdoors and enjoy a picnic in a shaded park! 

My favorite highlights…

  • Visiting the Atlanta Fair which was a day filled with carnival games, exciting rides, and delicious food.
  • Experiencing a unique dining experience in Flight Club Atlanta while sipping on great cocktails and playing darts.
  • Capturing Insta-worthy shots of the vibrant street art across the city.

18. New Orleans, LouisianaNew Orleans - great destinations to visit in USA in May

New Orleans, Louisiana in the summer

New Orleans May Break

I love this ever-chirpy and easygoing city where I always experience southern hospitality, fantastic live music and incredible food.

This month, it celebrates the mild weather with many special events, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

While the days get warmer with relatively less humidity, you can enjoy pleasant weather with average daily highs of 29 degrees.

I recommend exploring the city on foot, taking a tour of the French Quarter’s beautiful homes and taking a memorable Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat Natchez. 

My favorite highlights…

  • Visiting Cinco de Mayo which was a lively and fun week of music, tacos, and margaritas. 
  • Hopping on a sightseeing tour and checking out all the major city attractions in one go.
  • Riding on an airboat tour and going on a fast, exciting trip across the nearby swamps.

19. Savannah, Georgia Savannah - best places to visit in USA

River Street Savannah

Savannah - best places to visit in the USA in spring

If you venture south, I highly suggest visiting Savannah, filled with beautiful architecture, flowering streets, and blooming azaleas.

Savannah’s subtropical climate makes for a pleasantly warm spring. There are also fewer crowds, lower prices, and lively events. I personally think March to June and mid-September to mid-November are the best times to visit this picturesque city.

I highly recommend exploring the city on foot and visiting the nearby seafront town of Charleston. 

  • Visitors’ Centre Address: 301 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Savannah, GA 31401
  • Average temperature – 29 degrees
  • Location Map and Directions

My personal highlights…

  • Strolling around the cute independent boutiques.
  • Riding around the beautiful Forsyth Park on a bike and then stopping off for a picnic surrounded by the stunning greenery.
  • Chilling out on the beach on nearby Tybee Island.

20. Sanibel Island, Florida

Blind Pass Beach on Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida

This gorgeous island is located in southwest Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Temperatures this month average around 32 degrees, so I recommend it if you’re looking for a hot vacation around this time of year.

It’s famous for its sunsets, lighthouses, and luxurious resorts, and I highly recommend just strolling around the beautiful beaches, which are filled with pretty shells.

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

My favorite highlights…

  • Discovering the beaches located along 12 miles of shoreline, where four-legged furry friends are also welcome.
  • Hiring a kayak and spending time paddling around the gorgeous waters.
  • Playing golf at the 18-hole The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club course.

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