With the arrival of spring and the whole country in bloom, find out why these American cities are cheap getaways in May.
Aside from historical monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial
, the Washington Monument
, the Vietnam War Memorial
, DC hosts some of the most beautiful cherry blossom viewings in May around the Tidal Basin
. These cherry blossom trees were gifts from Tokyo to the city in 1912 and symbolize the lasting friendship between the two nations, making May the perfect time to visit.
Known for its role in the American Revolutionary War, Philadelphia is a city filled with remnants of America's past. Be sure to check out the Independence National Historic Park
, which features the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall among other historical buildings. For lunch, stop by John's Roast Pork
or Tony Luke's
for a delicious Philly cheese steak.
A city filled with culture, art, and a host of events, Indianapolis is perhaps best known as the home to the Indy 500, one of America's favorite sports. Racing enthusiasts should check out the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame
or attend a practice or qualifier at the speedway, which take place in May.
Music fans know Memphis as the home of blues music and Elvis, but did you know that the Memphis International Festival showcases over 40 musicians for three days during the first week of May? The festival also holds the World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest
, among other festivals and celebrations. If you're looking for a festive atmosphere, then this is the perfect time to visit making Memphis as one of the best all-American cheap getaways in May.
Cheap rentals and cheap flights are offered to Richmond
, and Williamsburg
in May, so why not take the opportunity to visit all three? Catch a live music show at Alley Katz
in Richmond, visit the Iwo Jima Marine Corps War Memorial
and the Pentagon
in Arlington, or be a part of colonial Williamsburg, a fully operational 18th century museum city.
Bypass expensive hotel rates by getting a rental, and LA can be a cheap getaway in May. Be sure to walk down the Hollywood Walk of Fame
, Grauman's Chinese Theater
and check out the Hollywood sign. Get free advanced tickets to see a taping of The Ellen DeGeneres Show or The Price Is Right.
Spring is free of tourists in Kentucky, making it an easy pick for one of the top cheap getaways in May. Check out the original General Motors assembly plant in Bowling Green
and take a look at how the Chevrolet Corvette and the Cadillac XLR are manufactured. Churchill Downs
holds the Derby Festival in May during the Kentucky Derby
, featuring the Great Balloon Race among other festivities.
May is full of cheap travel bargains to Hawaii, so why not visit? Check out Oahu
for Pearl Harbor
tours or indulge in cultural activities at the Polynesian Cultural Center
. Of course, take advantage of your time in Hawaii by snorkeling to the Molokini Crater
and visiting the beautiful Kauai
Explore the Chaco Culture National Historic Park
for an extensive look at prehistoric Native American communities. Visit the Pueblo Bonito
, the largest pueblo, by embarking on site trails that lead to and through the pueblos. The dark nights also make for great stargazing opportunities and stars are often visible in May and early June.
A quaint town with stone buildings and gorgeous views, visitors can get a feel for the Wild West when visiting Fredericksburg. Recommended: Gish's Old West Museum
, Fredericksburg Winery
, and enjoying the city's old, beautiful architecture.
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