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Best time to visit America

Best time to visit America

Mike GerrardBy Donna Dailey and Mike Gerrard, Editors of 101 USA Holidays

There’s no wrong time to visit America. This country is so vast, so diverse and covers so many geographical and climatic extremes that you can find sunshine at any time of year, and a choice of desert, beach, mountains, fast-paced cities, National Parks, ski resorts and volcanic islands. The best time to visit America is anytime.

January

Winter is cold in the north-east but January is a cheap time to fly to cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago and Washington, DC. And with the winter sales on, it’s a great time for shopping bargains. Head south to Miami and the Florida Keys for sunshine. See where to visit America in January.

February

Head to the desert for sunshine: take a short break in Las Vegas, and head out to the Grand Canyon. Take a fly-drive through Colorado or gaze in wonder at the volcanic landscapes and dreamy beaches of Hawaii. Join an escorted tour of the islands. Find where to go in America in February.

March

Rent a car – or perhaps a motorhome – and take to the road. You could drive around the great National Parks, explore the Florida Keys or take an art and architecture tour of New York City. See our tips for the places to visit in America in March.

April

Spring is in the air: it’s a good time to visit the South. Head to New Orleans Jazz Fest or a stay on a working cowboy ranch. Find where to go to America in April.

May

It’s hotting up in California – hit the beach in style in Santa Monica. It’s a great time to drive the 250-mile Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina or the Civil War route. See our tips for where to visit in America in May.

June

Make the most of early summer: drive the Pacific Coast Highway in California, take an escorted tour of Texas or rent a car and explore the beauty of New York State. Find where to go in America in June.

July

Take a camping tour to the Northern Rockies or New York and Niagara. Find our recommendations for the best places to visit in America in July.

August

Alaska is one of America’s great under-rated states. Track grizzly bears. Try your hand at ranching in Colorado. See where to go in America in August.

September

Get your kicks on Route 66. Read our tips for the best places in America in September.

October

The arrival of Fall means the leaves change colour and there’s no better place to see this spectacular display than in New England – don’t miss Martha’s VineyardBar Harbor and Sturbridge. Further up the East coast, you could explore Virginia. See where to go in America in October.

November

You’ll still find sunshine in Colorado and it’s still warm in Louisiana and the Deep South. Thanksgiving Weekend is a great time to visit cities such as New York as most Americans head home for the celebrations.

December

Go Christmas shopping in New York or Boston, where you can go ice skating and watch holiday parades. If you crave sunshine head to South Beach in Miami and stunning hotels such as The Standard.

Last updated: 20 December 2016

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