The beaches of Clearwater have been rated again and again as some of the best in the world, and shoulder season presents the most incredible weather. It's the perfect place to catch some rays; enjoy soft, powdery sand beneath your feet; and dive into fresh seafood. This family-friendly destination is also home to Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where world-famous Winter from Dolphin Tales resides.
May is arguably the most exciting time of the year to be in Louisville, as the eyes of the Thoroughbred racing world turn to the city to watch the "fastest two minutes in sports," the Kentucky Derby. Whether you're in the grandstands, partying in the infield or miss the race entirely, you'll find plenty of excitement in Kentucky's largest city. Head for The Highlands or Clifton neighborhoods for shopping and dining. Ohio riverfront parks also abound.
May is a fabulous time to visit Tucson, when the weather remains pleasantly spring-like and you'll find good rates on rooms and spa packages. With Mother's Day on the horizon, now's the perfect time to book a girl's getaway to this high desert spa Mecca. The guys can always enjoy a few rounds of golf at some of the country's most scenic courses, or a visit to the Pima Air and Space Museum.
Hilton Head is one of those places where the charms of the South combine with the allure of the Atlantic seashore, and the result is irresistible. Travel before Memorial Day and discover idyllic weather, below-season rates and empty beaches. Hilton Head also has 50 miles of bike paths and several world class golf courses. Historic Savannah, with its great food and intriguing attractions, is only 45 minutes away.
In May, San Francisco high temperatures average in the very pleasant 60s; summer hasn't arrived yet, with its odd blanket of chilly fog. So what are you waiting for? Go see what many consider the most beautiful city in America. Traverse the world's crookedest street; explore the historic Haight-Ashbury or the hipster-infused Mission District. Dine on Italian in North Beach or sample dim sum in Chinatown. The Golden Gate Bridge awaits!
May kicks off the season for outdoor dining in Baltimore, so sample some crab cakes along the Inner Harbor or some italiano autentico in Little Italy. May's mild spring weather also lends itself to anyone wanting to discover Baltimore's historic neighborhoods. Baseball fans will love evening Orioles games, while fans of the The Wire (shot locally) might choose to carefully explore the contrast between the city's grittier side and its most beautiful highlights.
May is the month to be in Paris. The weather is at its most pleasant, prior to dreaded summer temps. Keep your eyes peeled for interesting new friends when contemplating the greats at the Louvre or exploring the Eiffel Tower. For tennis fans, May brings the French Open to Paris, one of the biggest events in the sport.
Indianapolis takes sports very seriously, and in May, you won't find the city lacking in sporting events. IndyCar season hits its zenith at the Indy 500, but you can also catch an Indians game (the local minor league team) at Victory Field. Warm spring weather invites a stroll along the Indy Canal or an exploration of trendy neighborhoods like Lockerbie Square.
Galveston, located just 50 miles east of Houston, offers a refreshing mix of experiences for visitors willing to give the port city a chance. The crowds don't pick up until late May or early June, so you'll have no problem staking out a quiet spot on the beach, and you likely won't face significant lines at attractions on the Pleasure Pier or Schlitterbahn Water Park. Make sure to save an afternoon for shopping in the Historic Strand District.
If you have extra cash burning a hole in your pocket, a visit to Monaco can help take care of it. This lavish retreat of the rich and royal really comes to life in May when the Formula 1 Grand Prix explodes onto city streets of Monte Carlo. Escape the crowds with a short drive of your own, to the beaches of the French Riviera.