13 places to visit in May for every type of traveler
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.
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
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).
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
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.
The weather should be warm enough for a stroll along the Stanley Park Seawell or an excursion to Granville Island, a hub for music, art, and food. For a real cultural experience, check out Gastown, the historic downtown district encompassing one of the biggest Chinatowns in Canada.
The Caribbean gem is renowned for its beaches, especially at the extravagant resorts on the island's West Coast. Boat trips and day cruises are another fun activity for visitors, as is exploring Bridgetown, whose downtown area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
It's then that you'll get the optimal combination of pleasant weather and relatively sparse crowds on the trails and at the citadel itself. The city of Cusco itself is home to impressive colonial churches and the remains of other Incan sites, a distinction that led Lonely Planet to call the city "the undisputed archaeological capital of the Americas."
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lounge along the beach at Ipanema, enjoy the spectacular sights like Christ the Redeemer without having to fight through crowds, and if you're up for a thrill, check out a soccer match at world-famous Maracanã stadium — there will be games going on all month.
May is the sweet spot where the hotels are cheap, precipitation is down, and the weather's warm enough for you to squeeze in a few days at the beach. Make sure you check out the remarkable Belém Tower before you go.
Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is home to some of the greatest art museums in the world and historic cathedrals along its rolling hills. Visit in May and take advantage of the the numerous art and cultural festivals that pop up in the city center.
And no trip to Budapest would be complete without a soak in one of the city's famous thermal baths. There may be some occasional rain, but the weather generally holds up in May.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Devote at least a couple of days to explore the sprawling complex, which contains dozens of temples and stretches for more than 200 miles. Sunrise and sunset make for the most stunning views, so you can strategize your trip accordingly. When you head back to town, head to the aptly-named Angkor What? Bar and enjoy one of their famous 50-cent beers.
Between peaceful Hindu temples, iconic views of sprawling rice terraces, and vibrant coral reefs along its sandy beaches, it's no surprise why Bali is one of the most beloved tourist destinations in the world. Travel in May to avoid monsoon season and enjoy close to 12 hours of sunshine — you're going to want to be outside as long as possible here.
All manner of water activities are encouraged here, from kitesurfing to to scuba diving. In May, the weather dips into the 70s, sending the majority of tourists packing and leaving much of the island for yourself.
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