The Best Places to RV in May

During this popular travel month, it’s still possible to find respite from the crowds—or make your way into the middle of the action.

The world’s mood seems to collectively improve around May, as the weather gets—and stays—warm enough for shorts and t-shirt. This is a popular travel month, as students get out of school and families gear up for Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kick-off to summer. Thankfully, there are plenty of places near and far to soak up the sun.

Lady Bird Johnson Park, Texas Hill Country © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Lady Bird Johnson Park, Texas Hill Country © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Crowd-pleasing destinations like Galveston and Sedona are a sure bet. If you prefer to be in the middle of the action, head to places like Louisville which hosts the Kentucky Derby, a bucket list event worth braving the crowds for. Taking place since 1875 at the legendary Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, the Kentucky Derby is the crown jewel of American horse racing.

Bursting with tradition, from the ladies’ hats to the flowing mint juleps, make sure you don’t get too caught up and forget to place a bet on the winning horse. The “Race for the Roses” is the sports enthusiast’s experience of a lifetime.

Advertised as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500 automobile race is held every year over Memorial Day weekend. Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since its inception in 1911, drivers race 200 laps for a distance of 500 miles.

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, Chattanooga, Tennessee © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Lookout Mountain Incline Railway, Chattanooga, Tennessee © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

There’s no better way to start off the summer than with a relaxing vacation—one with memories you’ll remember fondly for the rest of the year.

And be sure to catch up on all our recommendations for the best places to visit in February, March, and April.

Texas Hill Country

The Hill Country rises out of south-central Texas like an island out of a vast ocean. A large area of rolling hills and valleys with limestone canyons, clear-water rivers, and a few scattered small towns, the Hill Country is quite densely wooded. Prepare to be amazed. No big cities, no hustle and bustle. Just cafes with country cooking, water for fishing and inner tubing, and the best slowsmoked- over-wood coals BBQ in the state.

Sedona, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Sedona, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Tennessee’s fourth largest city offers an incredible combination of breathtaking scenic beauty, revitalized riverfront; 13-mile paved Riverwalk scattered with attractions, parks, restaurants, riverboats, and the world famous Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. Outdoor adventures, a rich history, restaurants to please every palate, a thriving arts scene, and shopping.

Sedona, Arizona

Beautiful. Mysterious. Romantic. Seductive. These words describe Sedona. Sedona is a four season, red rock playground where families can escape, romantic adventures materialize, and photographers’ dreams come true. If you delight in gazing at towering red rocks or driving through rugged canyons, then go to Sedona. If you admire exquisite art, or are captivated by amazing architecture, then go to Sedona. Sedona is a must-stop.

Talbot Tavern, Bardstown, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Talbot Tavern, Bardstown, Kentucky © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Bardstown, Kentucky

The second-oldest city in Kentucky, Bardstown has other claims to fame: “Bourbon Capital of the World”, home My Old Kentucky Home of Stephen Foster fame, and Old Talbott Tavern. Bardstown is a popular starting point for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. But booze aside, the town has plenty of allure with its picturesque and quaint courthouse square.

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Breaux Bridge, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Nestled along the banks of the slow-rolling Bayou Teche, Breaux Bridge, the “Crawfish Capital of the World,” is a gorgeous historic town with world-class restaurants and a thriving Cajun music and folk art scene. Breaux Bridge is a great place to stop off for a meal and an afternoon of antiquing, and an even better place to camp at a local RV park and stay awhile.

The annual Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is the town’s largest attraction. Taking place each year on the first weekend of May (May 5-7, in 2018, this down-home festival is an ode to the humble mudbug, one of the area’s major exports and a favorite for Cajun food lovers.

Tubac, Arizona

Tubac, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Tubac, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Located on the Santa Cruz River, Tubac was originally the first Spanish colonial garrison in Arizona. Following the Spanish, Tubac was populated by miners, farmers, and ranchers in the 1800s but is currently known as a converted artists’ colony. Check out the art galleries and specialty shops and explore the Spanish garrison at Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.

Worth Pondering…

The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road.

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