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.

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What's more picturesque than one of the 7 natural wonders of the world? Victoria Falls in Zambia is the world's biggest waterfall, and its mist served as the perfect backdrop for the stunning models. 960 1280

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Less than 2 miles from the falls, models lounged by the infinity pool at Stanley Safari Lodge and took in the spectacular views. 960 1280

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Sports Illustrated set sail in Apalachicola on the Florida Panhandle. The quaint town is a far cry from spring break-staple Panama City located 60 miles up the Gulf Coast. 960 1280

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SI says Coombs House Inn is the place to stay in Apalachicola -- and it's easy to see why. Its historic Victorian mansions boast 4-poster beds, private verandas and afternoon teas, making it one of the most luxurious bed and breakfasts in the US. 960 1280

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San Blas are remote islands along the Caribbean coast of Panama home to the Kuna Indians. The SI crew stayed aboard an ocean liner to capture the islands' crystal clear waters. 960 1280

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While in the Bocas del Toro province of Panama, models relaxed in the scenic Playa Tortuga Hotel. 960 1280

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Models frolicked on the rocks and white sands of Narrabeen Beach, in northern Sydney. 960 1280

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SI says no other hotel in Sydney "can match the panoramic view you will take in with a drink in your hand, after a glorious day at Bondi Beach, from the Blue Bar on the Shangi-La's 36th floor." 960 1280

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Finally SI made it to Desroches Island in the Seychelles, a stunning stretch of sand less than 1 square mile. 960 1280

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When members of the SI team weren't being catered to by butlers and private chefs in their sprawling villas at the Desroches Island Resort, they could be found relaxing in the open-air Escape Spa. Where would you want to escape to? 960 1280

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The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the 3 pyramids in the Giza Necropolis. 960 1280

  

Egyptologists believe the sphinx represents the likeness of King Khafra, who is also credited as the builder. 960 1280

  

Greater Cairo encompasses various historic towns and modern districts. A trip through the city feels like time travel. 960 1280

  

Abu Simbel is comprised of 2 massive rock temples that were originally carved out of the mountainside. 960 1280

  

The Temple of Luxor is located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city once known as Thebes. 960 1280

  

The Temple of Karnak is probably the second-most visited historic site in Egypt, runner up to the Giza Pyramids. 960 1280

  

Saqqara is the oldest known complete hewn-stone building. 960 1280

  

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The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the 3 pyramids in the Giza Necropolis. 960 1280

  

Egyptologists believe the sphinx represents the likeness of King Khafra, who is also credited as the builder. 960 1280

  

Greater Cairo encompasses various historic towns and modern districts. A trip through the city feels like time travel. 960 1280

  

Abu Simbel is comprised of 2 massive rock temples that were originally carved out of the mountainside. 960 1280

  

The Temple of Luxor is located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city once known as Thebes. 960 1280

  

The Temple of Karnak is probably the second-most visited historic site in Egypt, runner up to the Giza Pyramids. 960 1280

  

Saqqara is the oldest known complete hewn-stone building. 960 1280

  

Air Force One

Air Force One

Little known fact: There's more than one "Air Force One." In fact, when the president is aboard any Air Force aircraft, it’s called Air Force One. The president's air-transport fleet consists of 5 helicopters and 2 specially-configured Boeing 747-200B aircrafts, each with 3 levels, 4,000 square feet, 85 telephones, 19 televisions and the capability to refuel in midair. 960 1280

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Gridlock

Gridlock

Traffic is expected in NYC, but things really grind to a halt when the president's 35-car motorcade is trying to make its way through Midtown. 960 1280

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Waldorf Astoria

Waldorf Astoria

Presidents and their families have been staying at the Waldorf Towers Apartment in NYC since Herbert Hoover's visit in 1931. The $10,000 presidential suite has been furnished by donations from past presidents, and the décor includes Reagan's oval mirror and Kennedy's rocking chair. 960 1280

  

Ill Mulino

Ill Mulino

Greenwich Village's Il Mulino is known for the "best pasta in town." The 17-table restaurant shut down when Presidents Obama and Clinton dined together, ordering the branzino (European sea bass) and the famous daily special of homemade pasta with fresh shrimp, respectively. 960 1280

  

Equinox

Equinox

A stone's throw from the White House, the Obamas enjoyed one of their famous date nights at Equinox, reportedly celebrating the First Lady's birthday at a corner table over truffled mac and cheese. 960 1280

  

Presidential Dessert

Presidential Dessert

Renowned chef Todd Gray prepares George H. W. Bush's favorite strawberry rhubarb cobbler in the Equino kitchen. 960 1280

  

Five Guys

Five Guys

Minutes away from the White House, President Obama gets a rock-star reception when he stops in for a large order of burgers and fries. 960 1280

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The Grove Park Inn

The Grove Park Inn

Chefs in the Grove Park Inn kitchen prepared a family-style breakfast for the Obamas' private couples weekend. The Asheville, NC, inn -- which has hosted 10 presidents since 1913 -- is known for its world-famous spa carved into the Blue Ridge Mountains with temperature-controled waterfalls. 960 1280

  

Grove Park Inn Golf Club

Grove Park Inn Golf Club

Breanne Hall, the head professional at the Grove Park Inn Golf Club, was more than happy to give President Obama a quick lesson on the 16th green during his 3-day stay at the world-class resort. 960 1280

  

Corner Kitchen

Corner Kitchen

The Obamas caused quite a scene when they arrived with friends at Asheville's Corner Kitchen for some North Carolina mahi mahi, lobster tacos, corn and crab chowder and fried oysters. 960 1280

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Pat's King of Steaks

Pat's King of Steaks

Both Presidents Obama and Clinton made stops at Pat's King of Steaks in South Philadelphia during their campaigns. Unfortunately, presidential nominee John Kerry made a gaffe when he ordered his with Swiss cheese instead of cheese whiz. 960 1280

  

Crawford, Texas

Crawford, Texas

President Bush's favorite escape was to his ranch in Crawford, TX, where he hosted US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his wife Rebecca in August 2007. 960 1280

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Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard

The tiny island off the coast of Massachusetts has been a popular presidential vacation destination for many reasons. Chief among them? It's easier to secure a place you can only get to by ferry or plane. While the presidents usually opt for private estates, secret service has been known to take over 60 rooms at the Wesley. 960 1280

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The Bite

The Bite

President Clinton would enjoy friend delicacies and savory New England clam chowder from this family-run shack, a Martha's Vineyard seafood institution for nearly 25 years. 960 1280

  

Nancy's

Nancy's

The Obamas stopped at Nancy's restaurant in the resort town of Oak Bluffs while vacationing on Martha's Vineyard. His must-have? Fried shrimp. 960 1280

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Hawaii

Hawaii

The Obamas vacationed in Hawaii, where the president was raised, staying at the $7,000/night Plantation Estate in Kileau Beach. The luxury property boasts a pool, gym, state-of-the-art electronics and a manmade lagoon. 960 1280

  

Island Snow

Island Snow

After Obama treated his girls (and himself) to some shaved ice, Island Snow started offering a "Snowbama" made from his favorite flavors: lemon-lime, guava-orange and cherry. 960 1280

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Tropical Farms

Tropical Farms

When the Obamas visited Tropical Farms for some coffee and macadamia nuts, coconut husker Chief Sielu was warned that his coconut-cutting "pocket knife" was too dangerous to come near the president. 960 1280

  

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The Clintons took a break from Martha's Vineyard and headed west to horseback ride and camp under the stars in Wyoming. 960 1280

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Go on Safari in Africa

Go on Safari in Africa

Escape the confines of the office in search of the big 5 (lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards and rhinos, oh my!) in South Africa’s majestic Kruger National Park. And we don’t suggest roughing it; put some of that hard-earned cash toward luxurious digs at the Lion Sands Game Reserve. Think grown-up tree houses with a view. 960 1280

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Watch the Sun Set on Santorini, Greece

Watch the Sun Set on Santorini, Greece

You don’t need a romantic occasion to visit the Greek islands, but Santorini’s legendary sunsets are the stuff honeymoon (or anniversary) dreams are made of. Plan ahead to arrange a table at La Maison, a cliffside restaurant in the tiny village of Imerovigli, where you can soak in the watercolor sky reflecting off Oia’s gleaming white buildings over sips of local wine. 960 1280

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Spend a Weekend in California Wine Country

Spend a Weekend in California Wine Country

How does a weekend of wine tastings, farm-fresh dinners, scenic sunsets and more wine sound? Relaxing, we hope. Spring for a romantic hot-air balloon ride or join friends on a guided bike tour through Napa Valley, whichever’s more your speed. But all first-timers should plan to visit one of chef Thomas Keller’s iconic French establishments, the refined French Laundry or nearby sister bistro Bouchon.  960 1280

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Glamp in Moab, Utah

Glamp in Moab, Utah

Becoming one with nature doesn’t mean you have to sleep in nature, per se. Moab Under Canvas offers luxe safari tents, complete with king-size beds and wood-burning stoves, located just minutes from the entrances to Arches and Canyonlands national parks. Where else could you wake up in the middle of the desert with a red-rock wonderland in the background and a rug beneath your feet? 960 1280

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Get Weird in Austin

Get Weird in Austin

This Texas hub has a DNA all its own -- namely delicious food trucks, a killer music scene and a laid-back atmosphere. While it’s worth visiting on any old weekend to kayak on Lady Bird Lake and try the world’s best barbecue, the city really comes alive during festivals such as Austin City Limits and South by Southwest -- you might even be able to persuade your workplace to foot the bill for the latter. 960 1280

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Take a Dip in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Take a Dip in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

Why should Iceland be on your travel bucket list? Let us count the ways: the northern lights, its majestic fjords and geysers, and Reykjavik’s food scene, for starters. As if you still need convincing, the most breathtaking sight of all may be seeing the steam rise from the legendary Blue Lagoon, a naturally heated, 100-degree fountain of youth, thanks to its mineral-rich turquoise waters.  960 1280

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Walk Along the Great Wall of China

Walk Along the Great Wall of China

We suggest accessing this mind-boggling, centuries-old structure — the longest ever built by man — at Mutianyu. While it’s not the closest stretch of the Great Wall to Beijing, it’s far less touristy and boasts a cable car that will give you a lift to the top, where you can marvel at the sheer ingenuity of the Chinese empire. Between Towers 5 and 6, you’ll find an unexpectedly speedy (and fun!) toboggan ride back to the entrance. 960 1280

  

Stay in an Overwater Hut in Bora Bora

Stay in an Overwater Hut in Bora Bora

Honeymoon? Babymoon? Birthday celebration? If you’ve always dreamed of sleeping in an overwater hut, you shouldn’t need much coaxing to add this French Polynesian paradise to your bucket list. We suggest springing for a bungalow at the Four Seasons and a sunset dinner at Bloody Mary’s, both popular celeb haunts with unbeatable views. 960 1280

  

Live Out ‘Indiana Jones’ Fantasies in Petra, Jordan

Live Out ‘Indiana Jones’ Fantasies in Petra, Jordan

Sometimes all you need to feel 30 years young is to marvel at an ancient wonder. Enter this “rose-red city half as old as time,” as it was described by poet John Burgon. Journey into another world on a candlelit tour of Petra with Black Tomato. Silenced crowds and cell phones give way to haunting stories told by local guides over soft Bedouin music and tea served among the sandstone. 960 1280

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Gaze at the Stars on Hawaii’s Big Island

Gaze at the Stars on Hawaii’s Big Island

You don’t have to be an astronomy buff to appreciate the ethereal night sky from atop Mauna Kea. The going is slow and windy on your way to the summit -- best aided by a 4x4 and extra layers to stay warm -- but it’s a climb worth making in time for a spectacular sunset picnic. Head back down the hill to the visitors center, where volunteers are on hand to help you spot the Milky Way, the North Star and more with free telescopes. 960 1280

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