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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Oracabessa

Oracabessa

Sean Connery was the first actor cast as James Bond, aka Secret Agent 007. Dr. No, the first Bond film to draw fans to movie theaters (in 1962), was filmed in London and Kingston, Jamaica. Most of the filming was completed here in Oracabessa (pictured), a small town in Jamaica. 960 1280

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

From Russian With Love (1963) was filmed primarily in Istanbul, Turkey, including the Hagia Sophia (pictured), where Tatiana Romanova has a pre-arranged rendezvous with Agent 007 to give him the floor plan of the Soviet consulate. 960 1280

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Fort Knox

Fort Knox

In the movie Goldfinger (1964), the dashing British spy halts Goldfinger’s plan to detonate a nuclear bomb inside Fort Knox. The US Army post is located south of Louisville, KY. 960 1280

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Paradise Island

Paradise Island

Be inspired and retrace Bond’s steps on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, where most of the 1965 movie Thunderball was filmed. 960 1280

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Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

You Only Live Twice (1967) was shot primarily at the Himeji Castle in Hyogo, Japan. On film, this was the location for an undercover ninja training camp headed by Japanese secret service leader Tiger Tanaka. 960 1280

  

Hotel Estoril Palacio

Hotel Estoril Palacio

Before the opening credits rolled in the 1969 Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the Palacio Estoril was where the luxurious hotel scenes were filmed. The historic hotel was the second home of the Spanish, French, Bulgarian and Romanian royal families, and it still remains a favorite with their descendants. This was actor George Lazenby’s first and only time cast in the role of Agent 007. 960 1280

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Elrod Residence, Palm Springs

Elrod Residence, Palm Springs

In the 1971 movie Diamonds Are Forever, the Elrod House, designed by architect John Lautner, was transformed into the Whyte House, home of reclusive billionaire and casino owner Willard Whyte. 960 1280

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Jamaica

Jamaica

Jamaica doubles as San Monique in Live and Let Die (1973). Secret Agent 007 flies to the fictitious island where he goes beyond his duty to “persuade” Rosie Carver, a CIA double agent, to help him bring down a corrupt Caribbean dictator named Dr. Kananga. 960 1280

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Ko Tapu Islet

Ko Tapu Islet

Visit Francisco Scaramanga’s hideout on Ko Khao Phing Kan in the Phuket’s Phang Nga Province. After the 1974 release of The Man with the Golden Gun, locals and travel guidebooks began to refer to the nearby Ko Tapu islet as James Bond Island. Just beware of Scaramanga’s solar ray secret weapon. 960 1280

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Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

Actor Roger Moore plays the British agent in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). James Bond travels to Sardinia where he learns about Karl Stromberg -- a shipping tycoon, scientist and anarchist -- and his new supertanker, the Liparus. 960 1280

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Pao de Acucar

Pao de Acucar

In Rio de Janeiro, James Bond fights with steel-toothed Jaws during a cable-car ride to Pao de Acucar, aka Sugarloaf Mountain in Moonraker (1979). 960 1280

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Monastery of the Holy Trinity

Monastery of the Holy Trinity

The Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Meteora -- above Kalambaka, Greece -- served as a location shoot in the 1981 Bond flick For Your Eyes Only. A Greek bishop was paid to allow filming in the monasteries. Rumor has it that actor Roger Moore had a great fear of heights, and to do the climbing, he resorted to moderate drinking to calm his nerves. We’re just wondering if it was shaken, not stirred. 960 1280
Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace

About half of the movie Octopussy was set in Udaipur, India -- primarily in this floating palace. 960 1280
Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

After a mad dash through the streets of San Francisco in a fire truck, a battle between 007 and Max Zorin comes to a head on the Golden Gate Bridge in A View to a Kill (1985). 960 1280

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Rock of Gibraltar

Rock of Gibraltar

Actor Timothy Dalton’s first movie as 007 was The Living Daylights in 1987. In the opening scenes before the credits, 007’s car flies off a cliff on the Rock of Gibraltar. In true Bond fashion, he’s prepared with a parachute and he manages to land safely in a boat full of beautiful women below. 960 1280
Key West, Florida

Key West, Florida

In Licence to Kill (1989), the British secret agent travels to Key West, FL, to see his best friend, Felix Lieter, get married. A happy occasion turns ugly when drug lord Franz Sanchez orders his henchmen to kill the newlyweds. Soon after, M meets Bond at the Hemingway House to send him to Istanbul for his next assignment. 960 1280
Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo Observatory

In 1989, actor Pierce Brosnan made his debut as the new James Bond in GoldenEye. The climactic fight scenes on the satellite were filmed here, at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. 960 1280

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Stoke Park

Stoke Park

In Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), the steamy love scene between James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and Paris Carver (Teri Hatcher) was filmed here in Stoke Park, a historic estate -- now a hotel, spa and country club -- in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England. 960 1280
Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

The pre-title sequence in The World Is Not Enough (1999) begins in Bilbao, Spain, at the legendary Guggenheim Museum. 960 1280
Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Various exterior scenes where Bond visits the Ice Palace in Die Another Day were shot here, in and around this iceberg-filled lake in Jökulsárlón, Iceland. 960 1280

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Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

In 2006, actor Daniel Craig became the new Bond in Casino Royale. Director Martin Campbell and the production crew traveled to Prague, the Bahamas, Uganda and Italy to shoot scenes for the movie. Near the end of the movie, the secret agent wakes up in a hospital in Lake Como, Italy (pictured), after he was tortured by terrorist financier Le Chiffre. 960 1280

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Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert

In Quantum Solace (2008), Chile’s Atacama Desert (pictured) was filmed to create the scene in the Bolivian desert where villain Dominic Greene reveals his plan to control Bolivia’s water supply. 960 1280

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Sultanahmet Square

Sultanahmet Square

Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square (pictured), Spice Bazaar, Yeni Camii and Grand Bazaar were closed to film the James Bond flick, Skyfall (2012). 960 1280

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Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace

In Spectre (2015), Blenheim Palace becomes the backdrop for the beginning of a car chase and the site where the mysterious Spectre meeting takes place. Although the scene is based in Rome, fans will find it hard to find there because the palace is really located in Woodstock, England. 960 1280
Barton Springs (Austin, TX)

Barton Springs (Austin, TX)

Locals enjoy year-round swimming at Barton Springs, a manmade swimming pool fed from underground springs that keep the water temperature a constant 70 degrees. Spanning 3 acres in Zilker Park, Barton Springs is home to grassy hills and moss-covered rocks that are ideal for sunbathing when it's equally nice outside. 960 1280

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Central Park (New York City)

Central Park (New York City)

Central Park's iconic, 250-acre lawn is home to several sunbathing spots. Join the crowds on the Great Lawn or Sheep Meadow (where Wi-Fi is available) -- because isn't people watching half the fun? -- or sneak off to a more secluded corner on the East Green, which is also one of the park's quiet zones. 960 1280

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North Avenue Beach (Chicago)

North Avenue Beach (Chicago)

Try keeping Chi-Town residents off the Lake Michigan beachfront after surviving a subarctic winter. In May, North Avenue Beach becomes a hive of activity, with sand volleyball courts, access to water sports, Castaways restaurant and bar as well as unbeatable skyline views. 960 1280

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Charles River Esplanade (Boston)

Charles River Esplanade (Boston)

This wide, wooden pier attracts dog-walkers, joggers and bikers -- as it is best accessible via the Arthur Fiedler footbridge crossing Storrow Drive. Enjoy the only waterfront sunbathing spot within Boston city limits, and relax as teams of sailboats and racing college crews go by. 960 1280

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Dolores Park (San Francisco)

Dolores Park (San Francisco)

On weekends, Dolores Park in the Mission fills up with families on the playground, tennis players on the free courts and sunbathers on the grassy hill -- all seeking an urban "beach" with some of the most beautiful views of San Francisco. 960 1280

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Lake Calhoun (Minneapolis)

Lake Calhoun (Minneapolis)

The largest -- and most popular -- of Minneapolis's Chain of Lakes, Lake Calhoun's Thomas Beach tends to attract a younger crowd for sunbathing, picnics and beach volleyball. The paved trail circling the lake, which is almost exactly a 5k, boasts views of downtown Minneapolis and is popular with cyclists, runners and walkers alike. 960 1280

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Georgetown Waterfront (Washington, DC)

Georgetown Waterfront (Washington, DC)

The nation's capital is not known for lacking green space, but unabashed sunbathers eschew quieter neighborhood spots like Lincoln and Meridian Hill parks for the bustling Georgetown Waterfront. Walkers and joggers take advantage of the paved paths along the Potomac River; children run through the 50-foot-wide fountain; professionals spill out onto the decks of waterfront bars; and a lucky few party on docked boats. 960 1280

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Lake Havasu (Lake Havasu City, AZ)

Lake Havasu (Lake Havasu City, AZ)

There's no shortage of sunshine in the desert, but you still might be surprised to find this spring break oasis on the Colorado River between California and Arizona. On nice weekends Arizona college students, boating enthusiasts and retirees alike trade in the community pool for Rotary Beach's pristine sands and calm waters (due to a no-wake zone). 960 1280

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Volunteer Park (Seattle)

Volunteer Park (Seattle)

North Capitol Hill's 45-acre Volunteer Park is perfect for sunbathing when there's a reprieve from Seattle's perpetual rain. See the Space Needle and Olympic Mountains, meant to be viewed through Isamu Noguchi's 1969 sculpture, Black Sun, then visit the Seattle Asian Art Museum (located in the middle of the park) and 5 adjacent green houses -- after you've covered up, of course. 960 1280

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Cheesman Park (Denver)

Cheesman Park (Denver)

Bordered on 3 sides by private residences and apartment buildings, Cheesman Park's beautifully manicured lawns are a hidden respite from the city. There's a running trail, beautiful pavilion, children’s playground and roughly 80 acres of green space to throw a frisbee, fly a kite or just stretch out with a book -- if you can get over the fact that you're sunbathing over scores of unmarked graves. No seriously, Cheesman Park used to be Prospect Hill Cemetery, boasting ghost tours as well as botanical gardens. 960 1280

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Ironman World Championship (Kailua-Kona, HI)

Ironman World Championship (Kailua-Kona, HI)

See some of the world’s most elite athletes compete in the big daddy of Ironman events. More than 2,000 athletes from around the world will set out on a 140.6-mile triathlon race from Kona, HI. Come as a participant, spectator or volunteer because this is one competition you won’t soon forget.   960 1280

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New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con

Gear up as the X-Men or any other favorite action hero at the largest comic and pop culture celebration on the East Coast. Showcasing the latest in comics, graphic novels, video games, anime and more, New York Comic Con kicks off at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. 960 1280

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Taste of DC

Taste of DC

What better place to enjoy Columbus Day weekend than in the city that bears the famed explorer’s name? Head to Washington, DC, for a Taste of DC, an annual showcase featuring more than 40 area restaurants and live musical performances. 960 1280

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Shocktoberfest (Sinking Spring, PA)

Shocktoberfest (Sinking Spring, PA)

Experience the Unknown at Shocktoberfest in Sinking Spring, PA. Halloween revelers can take the “Almost” Naked and Scared Challenge and explore this spooky house in nothing but their, um, knickers. 960 1280

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Acadia National Park (Maine)

Acadia National Park (Maine)

Catch a glimpse of Maine’s gorgeous fall colors at Acadia National Park this month. Each October, 600,000 visitors enter the park, but with 47,000 acres to explore, you’ll have plenty of leaf-peeping options. Looking for something closer to home? Check out our favorite fall foliage road trips. 960 1280

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Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure

On your mark, get set … join one of the hundreds of Race for the Cure events taking place in cities across the US this month. Go pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at any number of walks and races occurring nationwide, and make it a Pinktober to remember. 960 1280

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Autumn Color Fly-Drive (West Virginia)

Autumn Color Fly-Drive (West Virginia)

Another great fall leaf-peeping option: the Mountain State. As America’s third-most-forested state, West Virginia boasts 36 state parks and 6 national parks — together, they’re home to more than 200,000 acres of fall-foliage wonder like this. 960 1280

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Austin City Limits (Austin, TX)

Austin City Limits (Austin, TX)

Head to the most extraordinary 3-day music fest of its kind in the US. Held each year in Austin’s Zilker Park, Austin City Limits draws more than 130 music acts, showcasing the best in indie, rock, country and more, across 8 stages. This year, the music fest will unfold over 2 consecutive weekends. 960 1280

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Pumpkin House (Kenova, WV)

Pumpkin House (Kenova, WV)

Take in a display of 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins at the famous Pumpkin House in Kenova, WV. This illuminated wonder, which welcomes nearly 30,000 visitors each year, takes center stage at a Victorian house, dating back to 1891, at 748 Beech St. In times past, the house won fame for securing a visit from President Grover Cleveland; in recent years, it’s garnered national media attention for its number of glowing jack-o'-lanterns. 960 1280

  

Grand Canyon (Arizona)

Grand Canyon (Arizona)

Take advantage of off-season travel to popular landmarks such as the Grand Canyon. Each October, the 1.2-million-acre park sees half its summer crowds. Enjoy cooler temperatures (in the 70s), as well as the deepening colors of aspen, oak and birch trees that adorn this national treasure. 960 1280

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MLB World Series

MLB World Series

Head to one of America’s most iconic baseball stadiums and take in the spirit of the World Series, which is expected to kick off Oct. 27.  One of our favorite stadiums remains Yankees Stadium, home to 27 World Series wins. Whatever your stadium of choice, you’re likely to have a hard time passing up all the mouthwatering ballpark food. 960 1280

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Get Lost in a Corn Maze (Spring Grove, IL)

Get Lost in a Corn Maze (Spring Grove, IL)

Wind your way through 33 acres of corn in one of the world’s largest corn mazes at Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, IL. After you find your way out of the maze, enjoy other family-fun activities, including a pumpkin patch, hayride and zip line.  960 1280

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Chicago Marathon

Chicago Marathon

Lace up your running shoes and head to the Windy City for the Chicago Marathon. One of the 6 major marathons, this annual race welcomes both elite athletes and everyday runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Even if you’re not participating, join runners as they cross the finish line in Chicago’s Grant Park for the post-race party, which features live entertainment and vendors.  960 1280

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