For much of the United States, May is when spring feels like it has sprung. And what better way to celebrate spring than with a family trip, solo adventure, or romantic getaway? Let’s get right to it and show off a few of the best places to travel in the US in May so you can start planning your adventure. Whether you want to avoid crowds, enjoy stellar weather, or discover hidden gems, there’s a unique destination for everyone featured here.

This article is part of our Best Places to Visit in the USA series. If you’re looking for the top places to visit around the country in each month of the year then look no further, our guides will give you all the seasonal travel inspiration you need to find the perfect location for your next getaway:


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Best Places to Visit in The USA In May

Let’s start our May travel plans with a few areas that are special in their own unique ways. From beaches to barbecues with a dash of baseball and beer – what better way is there to celebrate spring?

Best Attractions To Visit In The USA In May To Avoid Crowds

Sometimes you want to get away from the crowds and frantic tourists. Here are a few places to do just that while having the time of your life.

Best Places To Visit In The US In May For Outdoor Adventure

Many of us love our summer vacations, but if we can get an early start in May the weather can be even better for outdoor adventures. Here are a couple of outdoor adventures that will get your heart pumping.

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Best Places To Visit In May For Events

Spring festivals and events are a fun way to celebrate the greenest season. Here are a couple of the best places to go in May in the USA for special events.

Best Hidden Gems to Visit in the US in May

Let’s round out our journey to the best places to travel in May in the USA with five hidden gems you may not have had the chance to visit yet.

Now that you have gotten the travel bug, which of these destinations inspires you the most to pack your bags and explore the US? Where do you think the best places to travel in the US in May are? Share your top picks with a comment.

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Best Trips In The US In May

What are some of the best places to visit in the US in May?

We have taken some of our best vacations in the US in May. The weather is starting to warm up and spring flowers bloom on hiking trails around the nation. If you are planning a May vacation take a look at some of the best places to visit in the US in May:

  • Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA: One of our favorite spots to go on a stargazing adventure is in Joshua Tree. There is something special about the vast desert landscape with shadowy mountains in the background and a sky so dark you feel like you can reach out and touch each and every star. If you are looking for a remarkable place to stay near Joshua Tree, try The Invisible House. This luxury rental is completely covered in windows that reflect the surrounding landscape making it appear to be invisible.
  • Ellijay, Georgia: Just outside of Atlanta is this charming small town of around 2,000 residents. If you enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking, you'll find your bliss in Ellijay. Hop right onto the Appalachian Trail, or hit the Benton MacKaye Trails for picturesque views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Speaking of picturesque, make your stay incredibly unique by renting The Lens Lodge - a cabin shaped like a camera! gaze at some of Georgia's most beautiful mountains right from your bed in the lens of the camera.
  • McMinnville, Oregon: If you feel we aren't alone in the universe head to the McMenamins UFOfest in May. This epic alien festival celebrates a famous UFO citing that happened in 1950. You'll see plenty of aliens at this fun festival, most of them are probably just humans, but you never know. With creative costume parties, the Alien Abduction Dash 5K, a Kids Fun Run, guest speakers, live music, an Alien Pet Costume Contest, and even an Alien Costume Ball where aliens of a feather flock together, you'll have a busy weekend being as weird as you want to be.