From the twinkling stars of Mississippi’s vast open skies to the glittering stars of Los Angeles’s Hollywood Walk of Fame, the United States of America is a treasure trove of both - natural and man-made wonders. Expect big cities with neon lights and idyllic country sides with fireflies to dazzle you equally. Here, you will discover soulful bluegrass music, enchanting redwood forests and crispy golden chips – the all-American experience. You will find silvery sky lines and pink lemonade twilights. You will experience the beaches, the mountains, the wind-in-your-hair roads, the sleek metropolises and so much more!
So, what is the best time to visit America? Well this depends on your tolerance for the hot and the cold, as well as your unique travel requirements. When it comes to picking the right time to travel, you will have to consider a range of things – taking leave from work, family obligations, monetary expenses. If you’re just a little confused, don’t fret because we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our guide, equipped with a break-up of each season and all it has to offer.
Peak Season – If the hustle-bustle is what you’re seeking then the months of June to August are perfect for you. The U.S thrives with thrilling amusements, exciting attractions, gorgeous natural marvels and multi-sensorial cuisine! From the parks to the beaches and mountains, there’s a dizzying amount of beauty and fun to be had.
Shoulder Seasons – March to May and September to November
Off-Season – December to February
March to May
Spring - Pleasant to chilly
June to August
Summer - Warm to scorching
September to November
Autumn - Pleasant to chilly
December to February
Winter - Cold to freezing
Temperature – The air temperature during the season of spring fluctuates between 2°C and 24°C.
Weather – The weather of America in spring can be described as refreshing and rejuvenating. The gentle sun and cool winds contribute to a delightful climate that is considered to be ideal for sightseeing. By April, certain regions experience significant drops in temperature while other regions are blessed with rainfall.
Significance – The season of spring blossoms with wonderful festivities. From New Orlean’s Madi Gras to Philadelphia’s Chinese Lantern Festival and Washington DC’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, there’s a wide variety of celebrations to dive into!
Why you should visit now – In terms of both culture and nature, spring is considered to be the best season to visit America in! Exquisite flora adorns the landscapes, colouring the plains with bright and cheerful shades. The southern region, in particular, sparkles with immense beauty. This is the most perfect time to hit the beaches, lakes and parks!
Things to know before the visit – March to May is the shoulder season of the U.S, rendering it a playground for globe trotters and wayfarers. Considering the high demand, we’d urge you to make all your hotel and tour bookings in advance.
Tips – Spring is characterised by its changing weather conditions. As such, it is imperative to dress in layers so that you may shed or cover up accordingly. Your attire will change according to the region you’re visiting. For instance, Alaska will require some woollens vis a vis California where a cardigan will suffice.
Temperature – The air temperature during the season of summer fluctuates between 18°C and 31°C.
Weather – America during summer is mostly a sunny affair, although the impact of the sun and its accompanying climate varies according to the region. While Alaska remains cool, destinations such as Portland and Connecticut are pleasant. Texas, on the other hand, inclines towards the hotter side.
Significance – Summer, quite naturally, bustles with celebrations of all kinds. From Pennsylvania’s Kutztown festival to Nevada’s Burning Man Festival, Boston’s Seafood Festival and Brooklyn’s Summer Fest, each region conjures up new ways of exciting locals and tourists.
Why you should visit now – In terms of amusements and attractions, summer is one season that opens everything up to the public. From Six Flags to Disney Land, Red Wood National Park to Apostle Islands, one can engage in all sorts of recreation. Furthermore, summer is always beach-ready when it comes to Miami and Florida!
Things to know before the visit – June to August is peak tourist season, with throngs of travellers pouring in. Expect larger crowds, longer queues and slower service, during this time. If you’re planning your trip in this season, we’d implore you to make all your travel bookings in advance.
Tips – Summer is defined by its bubbling warmth and blistering heat, although certain regions experience amicable weather. As such, we’d recommend you carry light and airy cotton clothing, along with a cardigan/sweater for when it gets cool. Sunscreen is a must, as you don’t want that un-fashionable sun burn!
Temperature – The air temperature during the season of autumn fluctuates between 4°C and 26°C.
Weather – America during the season of autumn is mostly comfortable and cool, with exception of certain regions that experience an ‘Indian Summer’. During this time, the atmosphere sings with delicious anticipation of nature’s harvest.
Significance – From Miami’s Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch Festival to Maine’s Harvest on the Harbour, Illinois’ Apple Festival and Ohio’s Country Living Fair, autumn is a wholesome and hearty party. And let’s not forget the spooks of Halloween and the love of Thanksgiving! Wouldn’t you love to try some delicious pumpkin pie?
Why you should visit now – U. S’s fall foliage blankets the landscapes with awe-inspiring natural beauty. The bold and brilliant leaves festoon the trees with character and charm. This is the best season to visit America in if you wish to enjoy the rich sceneries. We’d recommend a trip to Aspen, The Catskills, The Berkshires and Green Mountain Byway.
Things to know before the visit – September to November is the shoulder season of the U.S, deeming it a hub for tourists from across the world. Considering this busy time, we’d advice you to make all your hotel and tour bookings in advance.
Tips – Much like spring, autumn weather fluctuates from pleasant to chilly. Depending upon the region, your attire will most definitely change. Hence, make sure you pack a variety of clothing – long pants, cardigans and stoles.
Temperature – The air temperature during the season of winter fluctuates between -5°C and 22°C.
Weather – American winters range from crisp and frosty to glacial. The climate in endowed with fresh air and an alluring atmosphere. This may not be the best climate to visit America in, if you’re intolerant towards the cold.
Significance – From Aspen’s Winterskol Festival to Minnesota’s St. Paul Winter Carnival, Colorado’s Ice Climbing Festival and Leavenworth’s Bavarian Ice Fest, you will discover magic and wanderlust galore. And we haven’t even broached the topic of a fairy-tale like Christmas and an electric New Year!
Why you should visit now – For those who wish to enjoy the enchantment of snow flakes, this is the best time to jet-set to the U.S! Places such as Alaska, Colorado, Montana, New Hampshire and Arizona are particularly ethereal at this time. Christmas transforms the entire nation into a glittering wonderland.
Things to know before the visit – December to February is generally considered to be low tourist season. As such, one should optimise on regions that offer attractive deals on travel and accommodation.
Tips – American winters range from chilly to biting cold. Depending on the region you’re visiting, you will need to pack accordingly. While Colorado requires woollen sweaters, gloves, scarves and snow boots, California will only need cardigans and sweaters! Don’t forget to pack moisturizer and lip balm too!
Are you ready to be enthralled by a treasure trove of U.S offerings? If yes, look through our holiday packages and start planning your vacation today!