May has always been the favorite month for taking some vacation trips. With its pleasant weather, May offers the perfect time to take a short break from a long stressful work. By looking into the weather, annual events, and traveler sentiments, I have managed to come up with the top five places to visit this month. Whether you’re looking for your next big adventure or a short break, you can’t miss these great US destinations. Reports from Trip Adviser and websites for the national parks served as resources for this article.

Yellowstone National Park

Located in the US states of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park is a 2.2-million square mile wilderness area. The month of May offers mild weather, a perfect time to see scenic views. The park features lush forests, alpine rivers, dramatic canyons, gushing geysers, and hot springs. The park is best known for many geothermal features, like the world-famous Old Faithful geyser.

In addition, the park also home to wildlife and hundreds of animal species. These include elk, antelope, bears, and the popular American bison. The park also features numerous recreational opportunities, which include camping, boating, hiking, fishing, and sightseeing. During the cold winter, visitors can access the park using snowmobiles or by way of some guided tours.

There’s no issue about getting into the lakes, waterfalls, and major geothermal features. The park provides paved and access roads to those important hotspots.

However, this park is well-known for its brutal cold. Even during hot summer, temperatures could drop to the freezing 30s. During the winter, visitors could expect even more extreme condition, where the temperature is known to drop from subzero digits to the high 30s.

Miami Beach, Florida

Another great US destination this month is the beautiful Miami Beach in Florida. This coastal resort city, which is located in the southernmost part of Florida, stretches from North Shore Open Space Park to the South Pointe Park. May has been described by many travelers as the best time to visit Miami Beach due to its pleasant weather.

The state of Florida has a subtropical climate, which means it’s warm throughout the year with some bit of rain.

Ashville, North Carolina

The funky mountain town of Ashville is another great place to visit this month. Located in the western part of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ashville offers a breath of fresh air. The town is best known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, which include the famous Basilica of Saint Lawrence. This historic landmark displays artwork made by masters like Renoir. Additionally, the Downtown Art District is also filled with a number of galleries and museums.

In addition to its vast collections of artworks, Ashville is also a sanctuary for lovers of beer, music, and outdoor activities.

This month the town will be hosting two of the biggest music events of this month, the much-talked LEAF Festival (May 10-13) and the Montford Music and Arts Festival (May 19). Ashville is also known for its breweries and high-end dining establishments.

Memphis, Tennessee

Situated along the vast Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee, Memphis is another great place to visit this month. Memphis is famous for its Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, Stax Museum of American Sul Music, and Blues Hall of Fame. There’s also the May International Festival, which runs from May 4 to May 26, for music lovers. The huge musical event features music, art and also cultural performances from different countries. Memphis is also a mecca for Elvis Presley fans and Presley’s Graceland mansion is a great attraction there.

In addition to music, the place is also known for its barbecue contest, which takes place each year. Barbecue is life here, and you could spend time tasting some of the best ribs in America.

Washington, DC

Located on the Potomac River, Washington, DC is the nation’s capital and its home to some iconic monuments and federal buildings. The place also houses the federal government’s three main branches, the White House, the Capitol building, and the Supreme Court. Additionally, the place is also home to famous museums and some art venues. These include the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, and the National Museum of National History, Tivoli Theatre and more. Currently, Washington is one of the most visited places on earth, with over 20 million visitors each year.