- The best places to visit in May are probably already on savvy travelers’ lists.
- Business Insider looked at airfare trends, climate data, and peak travel times to find the best places to visit in May 2018.
- The destinations include food havens, sites of ancient ruins, and island paradises.
May is when many savvy travelers aim to cross another destination off their bucket list. Conditions are perfect — many of the world’s greatest destinations start to heat up, and summer tourists have yet to descend, leaving prices relatively low and giving you plenty of space to enjoy your trip.
There are endless unique travel experiences to seek out in May, from the spiritual paradise of Bali, Indonesia and the jaw-dropping views of Machu Picchu in Peru to the world-famous barbecue competition in Memphis, Tennessee.
Business Insider looked at airfare trends, climate data, and peak travel times to figure out which vacation spots should be on your radar.
Read on to find the 13 best places to visit in May:
Asheville, North Carolina
May is the perfect time to visit the funky mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville offers a crisp breath of fresh air from the rest of the South, whose heat and humidity will be ratcheting up by May.
Asheville is a magnet for lovers of music, beer, and the great outdoors. Time your trip right and you’ll catch the LEAF Festival for local and world music (May 10-13) or the Montford Music and Arts Festival (May 19).
If food is your top priority, it’s hard to pick a better destination in the US than Memphis. Barbecue is king here, and you could spend days sampling the best ribs in the city. Memphis is also a mecca for Elvis fans, and Graceland is a must-see for first-time visitors.
What makes May an especially great month to visit is the annual Memphis in May International Festival, running from May 4 to May 26. Each year features music, art, and cultural performances celebrating a different country — this year’s honoree is the Czech Republic. And of course, it wouldn’t be a Memphis festival without food, so check out the world-famous barbecue contest that takes place each year.
Yellowstone National Park
There’s arguably nowhere in the United States that boasts more natural beauty than Yellowstone National Park. If you’re a nature lover, prepare to spend several days marveling at erupting geysers, observing animals like moose, elk, and grizzly bears, and exploring the surrounding mountains and canyons.
Beat the crowds by visiting Yellowstone in May — the weather will be mild, and you won’t have to fight through families on their summer vacations.