Best time to visit America
By 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Vineyard, Bar Harbor and Sturbridge. Further up the East coast, you could explore Virginia. See where to go in America in October.
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.
Last updated: 20 December 2016