If ever there were a destination that you could visit anytime of the year and still experience something amazing, the USA would be it. There’s so much to see and do, so many thrilling adventures to be had, and the chance to do them year-round means you can visit the same place in four different seasons and have a completely unique experience each time. Of course, some activities and regions better lend themselves to certain months; here we offer some advice on when to embark on your holiday to the USA.
Summer: June to August
The USA comes to life in the summer. Countrywide the weather is warm – although expect humidity and thunderstorms in the south and a decidedly wintry chill in the high altitude of the Rockies – but that’s not all this diverse nation has to offer. For the best weather and events we recommend heading west. California lives up to its sunny reputation while delivering iconic festivities like the California Wine Festival, Napa Valley’s Festival del Sole, Los Angeles Film Festival and San Diego Comic-Con. Meanwhile, northwestern spots like Portland and Seattle are a-buzz with craft beer celebrations and street fairs, making the most of a couple of months with less rain.
Best places to visit in summer:
- Los Angeles
- San Diego
- Napa Valley
Autumn: September to November
Autumn is a great time to visit the USA. In most places – at the start of autumn at least – the weather remains warm but begins to cool slightly, making travel a much more pleasant affair. These are prime conditions for joining fellow leaf-peepers in discovering the technicolour fall foliage of New England, as well as visiting popular national parks, such as Yellowstone and Yosemite (although beware snow closures!), without the huge crowds.
Best places to visit in autumn:
- Yosemite National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
- New England
Winter: December to February
If icy, snowy weather is your thing, there’s plenty of choice: from the all-in-white New York City to the skiing slopes of Aspen in the Rocky Mountains and the powder-dusted peaks of California’s Sierra Nevada range. If you’d rather escape winter, head for southern Florida. Orlando and Miami are still blessed with temperatures in the early 20s (ᵒC) during the day, getting a bit chillier in the evenings. For festivities, New York, Miami and Las Vegas are all fantastic places to ring in the New Year, while New Orleans puts on a fantastic parade for Mardi Gras.
Best places to visit in winter:
Spring: March to May
Much of the USA is still feeling the chill of winter as spring begins, but it’s the perfect time for nature lovers to explore this diverse nation. Take the national parks for example: grey whales return to feed in Kenai Fjords and the Grand Canyon offers ideal conditions in terms of mild weather and fewer crowds. Spring blooms also sweep the country, with cherry blossoms proving particularly pretty in San Francisco and Washington DC.
Best places to visit in spring:
- The Grand Canyon
- Kenai Fjords National Park
- San Francisco
- Washington DC
For more USA inspiration, browse our USA holiday itineraries.