Best Time to Visit USA
America’s climate is as varied as the country itself. The Northern half of the country generally sees four distinct seasons with heavy snowfall in the winter and hot and dry summers. Cities such as New York can feel oppressive in the summer with temperatures over 30°C being common.
The coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest, which include Portland and Seattle, have a climate not dissimilar to England with mild rainy winters and changeable summers. Overall the best time to travel in these regions is between May to late September. If you’re looking to see the Fall colors in New England October and early November are best. The Southern half of mainland America enjoys high levels of sunshine with summer temperatures to match. South Western states, such as Tennessee and Georgia, are humid with temperatures climbing regularly over 35°C in summer. There is also a risk of hurricanes in late summer. For the very best weather then head to Southern California. The state’s climate is famed and enjoys year-round sun. If you’re eager for a winter break, then Florida sees high sun and around 24°C in January and February.
Climate guide for United States of America
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Our Experts Say...
"The US is such a diverse environment with many amazing locations to visit throughout the year. Alaska can be visited all year, most tend to travel May - September making summer the busiest season, as such the key to an amazing Alaska trip is to book early. If you're okay with chillier temps Alaskan trips in the winter can bring Northern Lights and great wildlife viewing."
"It's always a good time to visit Hawaii, with temperatures only varying by 10 degrees from winter to summer. Avoiding major vacations will help with availability and crowds. Hawaii is known for its marine life, winter in Maui is best for whale watching and night snorkeling for manta rays can be done most of the year on the Big Island. Temperatures can change greatly depending on your elevation and what island you are on. You can even see snow on the elevated peaks of Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa and Haleakala."
"Attracting more visitors each year, the US National Parks are a must. Visiting in the summer months when kids are out of school will be the busiest, so plan accordingly. Visiting in the spring or fall, will allow for a more leisurely experience and shoulder season pricing. Temperatures can go from one extreme to the other, please be mindful of your packing depending on the park and time of year."
"New England in the fall can be a treasure for those looking to road trip and experience the fall foliage. From lobster rolls to craft beer, these small coastal towns have a charming way about them."
Angela Malek, North America Specialist