The Best Places To Go in May
Craving a getaway but not quite sure where to go? Here are 10 wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for May.
Lofoten Islands, Norway
If you’ve already checked Iceland off your bucket list, consider a trip to the Lofoten Islands in Norway. The scenic archipelago is breathtaking in May, which falls just before peak season, giving travelers a preview of the region’s Midnight Sun—a two-month-long period when the sun stays above the horizon 24 hours a day. “Between the hiking and spectacular drives, it’s one of the most stunning places on earth,” says Alex
"Vilnius and the surrounding area is more than just Eastern Europe and part of the former Soviet Union—it has a rich Baroque and medieval history, too," says Shelley Cline, President of TCS World Travel, a luxury tour operator that organizes private jet journeys around the world. Explore the Old Town's restaurants, coffee shops, churches, and craftsman workshops, and if you have time, Cline recommends popping into the KGB Museum for a dive into Soviet history. Another can't miss? Uzupis, a unique bohemian artists neighborhood where Lithuanians declared their independence. "The people in Vilnius are friendly and everyone is willing to have a conversation with you," she says.
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It seems as though everyone has been buzzing about Croatia of late, which means crowds are somewhat inevitable—but not if you're strategic in choosing when to visit. "May is the time to go, so you don’t have to share the narrow streets of the charming small towns with tourists during the high season," says Cline, who loves taking guests to the Istrian Peninsula for everything from truffle hunting to wine tasting. "Imagine Roman ruins set against the stunning colors of Croatia’s Adriatic Coast, and you can really envision how magical it must have been during the Roman times."
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Newport, Rhode Island
The quaint coastal community is an ideal getaway during the month of May, particularly for sailing enthusiasts and architecture buffs. You'll want to explore the Gilded Age mansions along Newport's famed Cliff Walk and dine at a few cozy waterfront restaurants while you're in town—and before you book your trip, check out our full guide to Newport here.
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This tiny oasis town in central Morocco isn’t exactly the easiest to get to—it requires a
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“As the city awakens from its wintery spell, trees along Amsterdam’s canals burst with greenery and flowers come into full bloom. There’s still time during the first half of May to catch a glimpse of Keukenhof’s signature tulips in all of their rainbow-colored glory, and temperatures are a comfortable 60 degrees,” says Tamara Lohan, the founder of travel club Mr & Mrs. Smith. Lohan recommends staying at Pulitzer Amsterdam due to its proximity to the Nine Street boutiques and world-renowned museums. The property, an array of interconnected 17th-century townhouses is known for its “cheeky design touches and first-class service.” Lohan’s Insider tip: reserve a spot on Pulitzer’s antique 1909 canal boat to explore the history of Amsterdam from the water with a glass of jenever in hand.
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Cabo San Lucas
Though the resort city in Mexico's Baja Peninsula is idyllic year round—it gets 350 days of sunshine annually—ask a local, and they'll recommend
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Take advantage of the pleasant spring hiking weather in the oft-overlooked New York mountain region. “Tourism is booming again in the Catskills, years after its Dirty
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Avoid the summer masses on Nantucket by planning a trip in May, when the crowds are more manageable and the weather is still pleasant. From May 15-19, the island plays host to the 22nd Annual Wine & Food Festival, luring foodies and wine-o’s from across the country for cooking demos, auctions, live music, and other events. Check out our full guide to Nantucket here.
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Looking for a reason to bump Madagascar to the top of your list? Lemurs. The primates are endemic to the island of Madagascar, making it the only place you can see them outside of zoos. "May is the start of the dry season, but the landscapes are still lush from the rain in the previous months, so it’s the perfect time to go," says Cline. "The Malagasy people and culture are also fascinating because of all the influences from Africa, Asia
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*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
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