Things to Do in May
While you wait for summer’s official arrival, there are still plenty of things heating up in May. Don’t miss May’s must-dos like the Kentucky Derby, National Bike Month, Cinco de Mayo and more.
National Bike MonthThe days are longer and the weather is getting warmer, so now’s the perfect time to leave the car in the garage and dust off your bike. Celebrate National Bike Month by taking your bike for a spin around the best cities for cycling in the US or plan a sip ’n’ spin weekend biking in wine country. Bathing suit season is almost here, so get on your bike now to spin your way to a perfect beach bod. 960 1280
Lotus Lantern FestivalIt’s Buddha’s birthday! One of the largest events in Korea, the Seoul Lotus Lantern Festival is a tradition that celebrates the birth of Buddha and the lanterns symbolize offerings of light, wisdom and compassion. More than 100,000 locals light up one of the city’s busiest streets as they carry illuminated lanterns in the shape of Buddhist symbols. 960 1280
Mother's DayDon’t forget about mom this month! Sure, mom would love a travel gift for her next vacation. But she would probably rather spread some quality time with you instead, so treat her to a Mother's Day escape like a fitness retreat, wine tasting, day at the spa or a fancy afternoon tea. 960 1280
Cannes Film FestivalFilm fanatics, the mother of all film festivals is here – Cannes Film Festival. This annual film festival brings Hollywood’s elite to the sun-drenched French seaside town of Côte d'Azur every year in May. If the stars on the red carpet don’t dazzle you, the picture-perfect beaches and chic resorts here certainly will. Or escape the paparazzi and head to the nearby picturesque beaches of Nice, Monte Carlo and St. Tropez. 960 1280
Cinco de MayoCelebrate Mexican heritage on Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) at over 120 official US celebrations, across 21 states, in cities such as Cleveland, Los Angeles, Dallas and Atlanta. No matter where you are on this day, we suggest celebrating Mexico the right away -- feasting on Mexican cuisine and washing it all down with a margarita (or 2). 960 1280
Monaco Grand PrixRev your engines for the world’s greatest and most glamorous motor race! Dating back to 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix takes place on the Circuit de Monaco. A playground for the rich and famous, the Monaco Grand Prix always attracts a bevy of Hollywood A-listers, like stars Cameron Diaz and Antonio Banderas. 960 1280
The PreaknessBaltimore’s Pimlico Race Course hosts the second leg of the US Triple Crown – the Preakness Stakes. While the Preakness has been a time-honored tradition since 1873, you can expect something new every year like this year’s headlining musical act by Lorde, the 17-year-old double Grammy Award-winning artist. 960 1280
NYC Fleet WeekNYC hosts Fleet Week -- a celebration of the men and women in the US Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. A tradition since 1984, Fleet Week features several military demonstrations and a chance for the public to step aboard select military ships. Don’t miss the parade of ships in the harbor or musical performances by the sailors and marines. 960 1280
World BBQ ChampionshipIf you’re craving a good ‘ole fashioned BBQ showdown, watch the best-of-the-best from all over the world compete in Memphis in May's World BBQ Championship in Memphis, TN. Want a taste of the action? Don't miss the Willingham family's booth -- they're the only competitors allowed to sell their Southern specialties to the public. 960 1280
Memorial DayIt’s finally here – the official kick-off to summer! Pack your new suit and plenty of sunscreen for the first beach weekend of the season. Check out our 2015 Travel’s Best Beach Award Winners for inspiration on where to go. Whether you crave a family-friendly spot, sun and solitude, or a boisterous party beach, there’s a perfect beach for you just a drive away.
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Sexy Style: New York Fashion WeekWhat’s not sexy about models donned in threads from the biggest designers’ fashion-forward spring collections? Get the hottest ticket in fashion, and check out New York Fashion Week, where we’re sure you’ll spot a few celebrities. 960 1280
Bar: Le Bain at The StandardEnjoy a Nutella crepe and adult beverage with some of the most breathtaking views of downtown Manhattan on The Standard hotel's rooftop bar. Le Bain, the penthouse discotheque and rooftop bar, is one of the trendiest spots in NYC’s Meatpacking District, with its crêperie, plunge pool and whimsy decor: a faux grass floor, giant pink waterbeds and waitstaff dressed in tennis outfits. 960 1280
Food Porn: Drizzled CaramelSome say that everything is better with chocolate, but this time of year we think everything tastes better with caramel -- or, better yet, with both! Whether it's fresh-picked apples or frappuccinos, it just wouldn't be fall without the sweet and sticky sauce. 960 1280
Festival: OktoberfestCelebrate Oktoberfest in Munich, from Sept. 22 to Oct.7. After a couple rounds with friends or family members -- of age -- everything around you looks a little sexier with your “beer goggles” on, right? OK, we don’t condone excessive drinking, but we do approve of fun. And just in case you can’t make it to Munich, we’re sure there’s a local version of the festival celebrated in a bar or beer garden near you. 960 1280
Spa: Dolder Grand, SwitzerlandZurich's Dolder Grand Spa describes itself as “classic tradition with a techno beat.” European and Japanese influences have shaped this sexy Swiss spa, which offers Kotatsu footbaths, steampots, indoor and outdoor pools, mineral water, couches and a solarium. The hottest -- albeit cold -- offering? Snow Paradise, a room that offers large bowls of snow to massage onto your body and your partner's. 960 1280
Car: Aston Martin DB5Travel like 007. It may not be the hot new car, but the Aston Martin DB5 will increase its sexy quotient when the new James Bond flick, Skyfall, opens in theaters this November. We thought we’d give you a couple months lead time to save up enough money to purchase this sleek, silver hot rod -- or you can be content with just watching the car maneuver over and through obstacles during the intense car chase scenes. 960 1280
Sport: FootballThe American football season starts in September, issuing in a new year of tense, but competitive matchups between rival teams. Regardless of whether you’re rooting for an NFL, college or high school team, fans enjoy eating pregame tailgating food and watching cheerleaders as they pump the crowd up in between plays. 960 1280
Sexy Slipaway: The Solomon IslandsAn exotic escape fit for royalty? Sign us up! Will and Kate put Tavanipupu on our September radar when they planned a second honeymoon on the private island resort. The romantic night in a handcrafted, but decadent bungalow will be a little piece of paradise for the couple during their busy Diamond Jubilee tour of Southeast Asia. 960 1280
City: Cartagena, ColombiaAfter clamping down on violence and cleaning up crime in the past few years, Cartagena, Colombia, is now the safest city in the country, and is emerging as a trendy hotspot for travelers to Latin America. Cartagenga is a music lover's city, with merengue, salsa and Cuban music pouring from bars, restaurants and city squares. And don't miss the most dangerous thing in the city -- aguardiente, the national anise-flavored drink that packs quite a punch. 960 1280
Fall Foliage: Traverse City, MIEveryone looks better in the fall, with the sun’s soft, sexy rays. So grab your honey and a road map, and make it a fall road trip. Our suggestion: Michigan. During September, the Great Lake State’s 19 million acres begin their show of gold, red and orange hues. Make sure you explore areas like Old Mission Peninsula, on the outskirts of Traverse City. This picture says it all. 960 1280
Exhibit: Universe of DesireTame on the outside, hot on the inside: That’s the Museum of Sex, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Inside, you’ll learn just about everything you ever wanted (or cared?) to know about this universal topic of interest. On display this September may be the most scintillating angle of all: what everyday people secretly desire. Discover the answer in “Universe of Desire,” an exhibit that showcases erotic imagery based upon the top-100 internet search results related to sex. Maybe leave mom home for this one. 960 1280
TV Show: Ghost AdventuresWhat’s hot on Travel Channel in September? Ghost Adventures returns for a new season on Friday, Sept. 14, at 9|8c. Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin kick off the new season with an eerie lockdown at Central Unit prison in Sugar Land, TX. Can you handle the lockdown? 960 1280
Restaurant: De Niro's Locanda VerdeFor a hot new restaurant, try actor Robert De Niro’s new restaurant, Locanda Verde, in NYC’s Tribeca neighborhood. The affordable Italian taverna serves a variety of dishes, including grilled octopus, beet and goat cheese raviolini, fire-roasted garlic chicken and blueberry honey upside-down cake. While you’re at it, pair your meal with a tasty cocktail, Italian wine or beer. 960 1280
Music: Monterey Jazz FestivalSpend a weekend in Monterey, CA, to experience the 55th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, from September 21-23, 2012. The Festival – voted “World’s Best Jazz Festival” by reader of Jazz Times Magazine -- features films, exhibitions, an international shopping bazaar and 8 stages of live jazz entertainment spread throughout the 20-acre fairgrounds. 960 1280
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Vancouver Polar Bear SwimJanuary kicks off with an icy plunge into Vancouver’s English Bay. The tradition started in 1920, and now attracts thousands of people every year. Couldn’t make it this New Year’s? You’re not off the hook just yet! Plenty of icy plunges await elsewhere later this month. 960 1280
MLK Day of ServiceCelebrate the life of the civil rights leader during the MLK Day of Service. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., hundreds of nonprofits and volunteer centers nationwide observe the federal holiday, named in King’s honor back in 1983, as a day of giving back to local communities and shelters. Grab a hammer and lend a hand. 960 1280
Inauguration DayAmerica’s biggest political event heats up the nation’s capital this January. After being sworn in on the Capitol’s west side last time, President Obama and the First Lady walked a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue. Now’s your chance to see it again! Book a DC trip, and see the Prez walk along “America’s Main Street.” 960 1280
Ati Atihan CarnivalSee the Philippines put on its wildest fiesta this January. A grand festival in honor of Santo Niño (Infant Jesus) takes center stage in the town of Kalibo, on the island of Panay. Local dance and music, accompanied by indigenous costumes and weapons, mark the celebrations, with a vibe a lot like Rio’s Carnival. 960 1280
North American International Auto ShowRev up for the hottest auto show of the year: nearly 1 million square feet of floor space devoted to cars, cars and more cars! 2013’s show features more than 50 hot wheels, including Toyota’s new concept car, the Furia, which is being touted as an "exciting sedan concept." Judge for yourself at downtown Detroit’s Cobo Center this January! 960 1280
World Buskers FestivalWow! See amazing acrobatic feats, and have your funny bone tickled, in this annual street performers’ festival in Christchurch, New Zealand. January 2013 marks the festival’s 20th year, with a lineup of acts from countries such as Japan, Australia and, of course, New Zealand, all putting on a show in the largest city on the country’s South Island. 960 1280
Texas Chainsaw in 3-DIt seemed like a good idea at the time: opening a restaurant in the Victorian home where the original 1974 horror flick was filmed. Sadly, the restaurant is now closed, but diehard fans can still stop by the property in Kingsland, TX. For more Chainsaw thrills, brace yourself for Texas Chainsaw 3D opening this January. Might want to leave the kids at home for this one. 960 1280
Sundance Movie FestivalThe festival that made Utah cool attracts nearly 50,000 people a year, along with actors and directors representing the latest, most cutting-edge independent cinema. This January sees the world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated films of 2013, including the festival’s closing event -- Ashton Kutcher’s biopic on Steve Jobs. 960 1280
Paris Fashion WeekC’est super! The gods at French Fashion Federation have spoken, and so it shall be: This annual showcase of high fashion kicks off in mid-January, featuring designs by fashion icons like Giorgio Armani, as well as younger, edgier fashion houses like Giambattista Valli. Many of the higher profile events are closed to the general public, but c’est la vie! Get your fashion buzz in the Galeries Lafayette. 960 1280
Key West Food and Wine FestivalDitch the winter boots, and grab your summer flip-flops! Escape the winter cold at this fourth annual foodie festival. Savor fresh Florida Keys seafood, fine wines from around the world, and the laid-back tropical vibe of the island that bears the festival’s name -- all over 4 days in late January. 960 1280
Tournament of Roses ParadeMarching bands, equestrians and flower-covered floats lure thousands to “America’s New Year celebration.” The annual parade, which began in Pasadena, CA, nearly 125 years ago, has come a long way from its early days of flower-decorated horse carriages. Today’s current crop of ornate floats, including this winner from 2011, can take nearly a year to build. Get cracking! 960 1280
Disney Marathon WeekendHigh-five! Kick off the New Year with a healthy start and plenty of Disney fun. For the super-fit, take on a 26.2-mile course that runs through all 4 Walt Disney World Theme Parks. Or take on a half-marathon or 5K course, both finishing at Epcot. 960 1280
Pride and Prejudice, Haddon HallDreaming of dreamy Darcy? Two centuries after it was first published, in January 1813, Jane Austen’s novel remains as popular as ever. Revisit the story of love overcoming pride and prejudice with a tour of Haddon Hall, the English country house that served as one of the settings for the 2005 film adaption with Keira Knightley. 960 1280
Celebrate National Ice Cream MonthIce cream is an iconic American summer treat! Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a visit to one of America's coolest ice cream shops.
Canada DayOttawa — the capital of Canada — is the place to be for the annual Canada Day celebration on July 1. Canada Day events to commemorate the anniversary of the country's birthday take place at Parliament Hill and Major's Hill Park and include ceremonies, family-fun activities, concerts, fireworks and more.
A Capitol Fourth (Washington, DC)Feeling patriotic? There's no better place to celebrate Independence Day than in the nation's capital! At the beginning of the day, experience the annual National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue, complete with bands, US military units and celebrities. After the parade, head to the National Mall for A Capitol Fourth concert and fireworks — one of the best fireworks displays in the US.
Tour de FranceExperience one of France's largest annual sporting events, the Tour de France. This prestigious competition is a multi-stage bicycle race that begins in Utrecht, Holland, and cyclists will travel more than 2,200 miles through the European countryside to their final destination in Paris.
San Fermin Festival (Pamplona, Spain)Join thousands of locals and tourists in Pamplona, Spain, for the annual San Fermin Festival and Running of the Bulls. At 8 each morning, participants dressed in red and white will run for their lives as 6 wild bulls are let loose in the streets. The half-mile-long run begins at Town Hall and ends at the Plaza de Toros de Pamplona, where afternoon bullfights take place to celebrate the completion of the bull run each day.
Berlin Fashion Week (Berlin)Since July 2007, fashion icons, enthusiasts and designers have traveled to Berlin for the city's annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. There will be a variety of exhibits, ceremonies and shows, including eco-shows that highlight "green" fashion trends in Berlin.
Cool down at the Water Park (Blizzard Beach, Orlando)Looking for a place to cool down from the summer heat? Pack your bags for a fun, wet and wild visit to one of the best water parks of 2015. Located in Orlando, Disney's Blizzard Beach water park has something for everyone, including a 1-acre wave pool and a 120-foot waterslide.
The Open ChampionshipThe oldest of the 4 major championships in professional golf, the Open Championship — also known simply as "the Open" — will take place at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. Well-known players including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson will tee off for their chance to win the coveted Claret Jug, prize money and the championship title.
Bastille DayBastille Day, or French Independence Day, takes place each year on July 14 to commemorate the storming of the Bastille and the start of the French Revolution. Although Bastille Day is celebrated around the world, celebrations in Paris include a military parade along the Champs-Elysees and public dances, followed by fireworks over the Place de la Bastille. 960 1280
MLB All-Star GameStock up on Cracker Jacks, hot dogs and peanuts for when the American League and National League go head-to-head in the annual MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH. Weeklong events leading up to the game include the All-Star FanFest, the MLB 5K Color Run, the All-Star Legends & Celebrities Softball Game, and the Home Run Derby.
Redentore Festival (Venice, Italy)Famous for its fireworks show over St. Mark's Basin in Venice, Italy, the 2-day Redentore Festival celebrates the end of the plague that killed more than 50,000 people in 1576.
Nyon Paléo Festival (Switzerland)More than 230,000 people will travel to Nyon, Switzerland, this month for the annual Nyon Paléo Festival. One of Europe's most popular music festivals, Paléo features more than 250 concerts by artists from a variety of genres, including Elton John, the Black Keys and M.I.A.
San Diego Comic-Con InternationalSuperheroes, villains and aliens — you'll see that and more at the San Diego International Comic-Con Convention, the largest comics and pop-culture convention in the US. Comic fans and A-list celebrities will descend on the San Diego Convention Center for the 4-day event, which includes exhibits, vendors, celebrity meet-and-greets, a film festival and a masquerade ball.