Whether you’re looking for something culturally enriching, adventurous, or relaxing, May is a great month for traveling. From the beautiful beaches of Miami to the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan in Mexico City, here are some ideas for anyone looking get on the road in May.
This history-rich hospitable city isn’t nicknamed The Birthplace of America, The City that Loves You Back, and The City of Brotherly Love for nothing. Explore Philadelphia’s Historic District, which stretches from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Vine Street to Lombard Street. Here, you can find popular attractions like the African American Museum, Museum of the American Revolution, the Philadelphia History Museum and of course the iconic Liberty Bell. The Historic District is also home to a plethora of great restaurants, outdoor beer gardens, authentic boutiques and progressive art galleries which are all even more enjoyable in the lovely May weather.
2. Las Vegas
Take a trip with friends to Las Vegas to experience Sin City’s unparalleled party scene. Dance until dawn in one of the many fantastic nightclubs, stroll the electric Las Vegas Strip with impressive light shows at night or soak up some sun by the poolside in one of the city’s legendary hotels. However, Vegas is not just for friends and late nights. With fine restaurants and live entertainment, you can take your better half here for a romantic getaway. For a truly unforgettable experience, couple your visit with an adventure to the Grand Canyon.
Pro Tip: Plan to spend the day taking in the canyon’s ‘grand’ majesty and pack a dinner sunset picnic with Champagne for two.
Sunshine, warm weather, Caribbean-like beach parties, exotic snorkeling, parasailing and dancing dolphins. If all this sounds good to you, then go to Miami, Florida for a much-needed vacation. Take a day trip to Key West and melt into the tranquility that makes these islands so special, or take a fun cultural tour of Little Havana, the Cuban-influenced community. If you have the kids in tote, go to the outstanding Zoo Miami. Spanning 340-acres, the zoo has more than 3,000 animals and 1,200 plants from all over the world including Africa, Asia, the Amazon and Australia!
4. New York
In May, New York is in full bloom with the colors of spring seemingly painted across the skyline of this exciting metropolis. Embrace this beautiful season and take a stroll through Central Park. Not only have many famous movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s been filmed here, but Central Park is also home to the Strawberry Fields memorial to John Lennon. You can also check out one (or some) of New York’s fascinating museums like the inspiring Museum of Modern Art. Finally, be sure to visit the iconic Empire State Building. Ride the elevator to the top of the skyscraper for one of the most impressive views. It should come as no surprise that the nightlife is incredible in the city that never sleeps! Take advantage of the diverse bars and clubs, and perhaps even go on a hunt for the distinct ‘speakeasies’ that’ll transport you back to the days of Prohibition.
Times Square at night, NYC
5. Mexico City
Travel to the center of Mexican society, culture and history in Mexico City. While you’re in town, be sure to watch a Mexican wrestling match with the iconic Luchadores (wrestlers) dressed in their fierce traditional facemasks. Of course, don’t miss all the amazing restaurants. No trip to Mexico City is complete without seeing the ancient pyramids of Teotihuacan, also known as, the City of the Gods. Once an impressive city of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica (established around 100 BC), the population was an estimated 125,000 people who lived in multi-floor apartment-like complexes! Spend the day exploring this impressive archaeological wonder.
Teotihuacán, Photo credit: anyulled on VisualHunt.com / CC BY