USA April 24, 2018
These Are Hands Down The 3 Best U.S. Cities To Visit In May
After a long and weather bizarre winter, spring has FINALLY arrived throughout most of America. Warm (but not too warm) temperatures are beginning to coax people out of hibernation and outdoors so they can enjoy the gorgeous flowers and foliage and return to the outdoor activities they love. It’s also hands down a great travel month. The summer tourist season hasn’t yet kicked off, but businesses and tourist attractions are open for business. That means savvy May travelers can enjoy new locations without the crowds and inflated summer prices. Here are the best choices to visit when you want to get out of town:
1. Santa Fe, New Mexico
With average May temperatures in the 70s and rainfall unlikely, a visit to New Mexico's capital city is a perfect destination in May. Santa Fe is a vibrant blend of old and new, and is not only the oldest city in the state, it is the oldest state capital city in America. Tourists will be able to gain new insights into people who once lived here by visiting various nearby ruins, along with museums and attractions that tell of the past.
Santa Fe is renowned for its art and color.
People don't come to Santa Fe to blend in. That's because everything here is infused with color. From its authentic Mexican food, rich art, bright colorscapes, and crisp blue skies, you'll feel refreshed and in a brighter mood after a visit here. In keeping with its theme of relaxation, Santa Fe has some of the most amazing spas and retreat found anywhere in the country.
Incredible outdoor adventures await.
Santa Fe has incredible rock formations, desertscapes, hike and bike trails, and even day trips by horseback. Bring your hiking shoes, warm-weather clothes, sunscreen, and a hat, and you're ready for some unique adventures.
2. Louisville, Kentucky
The Kentucky Derby is on May 5, so lovers of this one-of-a-kind sporting event should head out there at the first of the month. There are festivities that take place before hand, including musical performances, a hot air balloon festival, and even a steamboat race.
Louisville has much more to offer than just a day at the races.
Some locals say the best time to come is right AFTER the races. The mecca of tourists clear out, leaving others to explore the city and surrounding area without the crowds. History buffs will love the areas known as Whiskey Row and Museum Row. Did you know that the city houses the second largest collection of cast-iron facades? Only New York City's SoHo district has more 19th century cast-iron storefronts.
The rivers offer entertainment and relaxation.
The Ohio River is the setting for numerous restaurants, quaint shops, and afternoon strolls. It is also the setting for one of the southeast's largest hotels, the Gait Hotel & Suites.
3. Seattle, Washington
Days are warmer and brighter, with more sun making its appearance, although rain is always a possibility. But its mild mid 60s temperatures and and up 8 hours of sunshine daily, it's a great month to visit before high tourist season hits.
Festivals, outdoor music, and less crowds in May make it a great time to explore this fascinating city.
Interested in attending an apple blossom festival? Bikes and beer outing, wine walk, or even a fairy festival? Seattle has exciting attractions every week in May. But sometimes the best reason to visit then is that you can easily get in to the sights you most want to see. The space needle typically has plenty of availability for viewing or dining in May, whereas summer months are often booked.
The wharf areas and boardwalk are easily walkable in May.
Pike Place Market draws such crowds during tourist season that it is hard to get near many of the food items and goods for sale. And that's no fun! If time allows, head out of the city for some of the most incredible nature hikes with spectacular views.
What other cities would you add to this list of “must visit” during May? We’d love to hear your thoughts and would love for you to share any photos of your favorite May adventures. For more recommendations on best springtime travel destinations, take a look at these
5 quaint U.S. destinations you’ll want to visit in the springtime.