April showers bring May flowers and that means summer is right around the corner. The weather has finally broke, and the flowers are starting to bloom. Just before summer travel gets crazy, here are the top 10 places to go on vacation in May. Not to mention, May has the best weather all around the country. It’s still not too hot, and it’s definitely not cold anymore.

1. New York City

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May is the perfect time to visit the big apple because the busy tourist season hasn’t started, but all the flowers are in full bloom. Plus, you’ll dodge the high temps and the nasty humidity. The fountains around the city are flowing, and Central Park is just booming with its beautiful nature. It’s the perfect time to rent a canoe for the lake in Central Park, or take a ferry ride over the Lady Liberty.

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2. Las Vegas

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Who would want to go to the desert in the middle of summer? Not us! May is the perfect time to visit Las Vegas. Again, because it’s not too crowded yet, and the temps are ideal for walking the strip. Catch a show or catch a buffet. There’s always something to do in Sin City. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

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3. Los Angeles

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May brings the best weather to the West coast, especially for those mid afternoon hikes. Check out Runyon Canyon for great view of the Hollywood sign. You can also enjoy a very peaceful day on Santa Monica beach, with hardly any crowds! Remember, people are still in school, so this is prime time to travel. Oh, and keep an eye out for celebrities. They’re always walking on the beaches.

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4. Washington D.C.

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D.C. offers so many free attractions that you can’t pass up. Take a nice walk to all the monuments and museums, and visit as many as you’d like. A stroll downtown for a fresh cup of coffee and a jog by the White House will make for a perfect vacation day in May. This is one of those cities where it’s hard to find things to do that are not free. It’s our nation’s capital, so it’s rich with history!

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5. Philadelphia

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The city of brotherly love is always welcoming. It has a plethora of parks, rooftop bars, pop up beer gardens, and much more. Philly is a great place to take vacation in May because the weather is beautiful, and you get a fresh breeze from the river downtown. There are several park movie showings, and different free events always taking place all over the city. Make sure to check out all the historical sights, like the liberty bell. Oh, and you can’t forget a Philly cheesesteak!

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6. The Grand Canyon

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The best part of visit to the Grand Canyon in May is that you’ll miss peak season, and you’ll actually get to enjoy the peace and quiet of this amazing natural wonder. You’ll have your first choice of excursions, and you won’t have to pick and choose from what’s left to see. It will be a little chilly at night when the sun goes down, since the Grand Canyon is in northern Arizona. You’ll get to discover the beautiful wildlife and plants starting to come alive after a long winter — the wild animals love spring, and are very active in May.

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7. San Diego

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For all you surfers out there, this is the place to be. Perfect weather, the best waves, and the smallest crowd. You can get lost in San Diego’s authentic mexican food, or bike any of their beach paths to a cute beach BBQ. San Diego has great public transportation, so don’t worry about getting around. Also home of the country’s largest zoo, the animals are very active and ready to play!

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8. Chicago

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The Cubs fans are crazy in this city, but it makes for an exciting atmosphere (and great hot dogs!) There are many places to visit like the world famous Shedd Aquarium and The Bean. You can even take a segway tour of the city that takes you along Lake Michigan so you can see the beautiful night skyline. Chicago has great shopping, and amazing food. Be sure to check out all their high rise restaurants.

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9. Miami

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Who doesn’t want to spend their vacation on a beach? May is the best time to travel because all of the spring breakers are long gone. The beaches are nice and clean, very quiet, but most importantly very hot. Miami is known for Cuban food, so be ready to have a feast at multiple restaurants!

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10. Boston

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If you’re a fan of seafood, this is the place to be. Boston kicks off many seafood festivals in May, as that’s when the city starts to get a lot of tourism. Located on the Atlantic Ocean, there will always be many interesting things to do and see. Also, if you’re a history buff, Boston is full of it! Make sure to try the clam chowder and visit the famous universities in the area. The campuses are just breathtaking.

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