May is generally a great time of year to visit the National Parks all across the US. Because most US schools are still in session in early May, you can experience smaller crowds which definitely makes May one of the best times of the year to hike in the National Parks. While crowd levels, in general, are up across all national parks in the US and you won't have the trails completely to yourselves, May is generally one of the better times of year to visit most of the US National Parks.
In many of the National Parks across America, the temperatures will be mild. You will experience cooler temps in the higher elevations, but the sunny days will generally be plenteous. Check out this list of 25 National Parks to hike with the kids which make a great adventurous vacation in May.
Santa Barbara, California is always a great place to visit in the month of May. If sunshine, good food, and the beach sounds like your idea of a great vacation in the month of May, then head to the Pacific Coast and spend the weekend enjoying the Spanish architecture, seacoast breezes, and maybe even a hike in the nearby Santa Ynez Mountains.
Another wonderful California spot to visit in the month of May is Monterey, California. The temperatures are cool and crisp in the early morning as you rise to take in the beautiful sunrise over Monterey Bay and the quaint town and amazing food make for a relaxing and peaceful retreat during the month of May.
Arizona is home to one of the most famous US national parks, The Grand Canyon, but did you know that Arizona also has some amazing and less known National Monuments with just as much wow factor as the Grand Canyon? Our family loved thes 4 Mind Blowing National Monuments in Arizona in May and your family will too.
May is the perfect time of year to visit the Smoky Mountains in upper northeast Tennessee. The southern humidity has not set in yet and the spring flowers and waterfalls will be at their peak performance. If fresh mountain air, sweeping vistas, and wildlife observation sounds like your idea a fabulous family vacation, then definitely consider the Smoky Mountains
Anna Maria Island, Florida is Florida's best kept secret. Our family spent nearly 3 weeks on this charming old Florida island in the month of May. Despite growing in popularity and swelling summer crowds, May offers the warmth of the Florida temperatures, emerald green blue ocean waters, and some of the best seafood you will ever eat without the bustling crowds of the months to come.
For our final selection of best places to travel in the US in the month of May, we had to include Hilton Head, South Carolina. While this island is known for golf, gators, and grub, it is also known for biking, beach, and blistering summer temperatures. Taking advantage of the lower temperatures before the mosquitos and muggy humidity takes over makes the month of May the perfect time to experience this low country island in South Carolina.
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