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Experience the diversity in every season

When is the best time to travel to the United States?

The United States is a wonderful destination at any time of the year. With approximately 9.8 million square kilometres of land, there is always a diverse range of climates and seasons to explore.

The general climate in the United States is temperate, however, the country could be split into three different climates: a coastal Mediterranean climate, a desert climate, and a mountainous alpine climate. It is also possible to experience a tropical climate in Hawaii and South Florida.

The best time to travel to the United States is during the shoulder seasons. But of course, it also depends on what you want to do there!

Take advantage of our local knowledge

Feel free to contact one of our travel specialists. They would be more than happy to discuss the United States climate and seasons in detail, as well as the best time to visit each region based on your specific interests. Or, feel free to attend one of our live and informative presentations for more inspiration on the best travel time.

Discover the seasons of the United States

Go surfing at Waikiki Beach in Hawaii
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Hike the trails of Arizona

"September is a great time to visit the United States. You can still enjoy great weather but it's a bit cooler and less busy, so it's easier to travel and see the key sites."

Michael, Travel specialist

Spring

At this time of year, the United States is slowly waking up from hibernation and temperatures are already warming up in the Southwest. It's a good time to travel through the states of Arizona, Utah, and California. In the national parks, the grizzly bears are becoming active after spending the winter sleeping. May is a great month to spot humpback whales off California's Monterey Bay, too.

When traveling in the spring, we recommend starting your journey in the south and heading north. From the end of May, the roads in the Rocky Mountains are mostly snow-free and passable.

Explore vibrant cities and enjoy the cool Spring temperatures
Go horse riding together with a Native American guide

Summer

During this period, summer vacation begins for many Americans. The national parks are usually crowded and it can get very hot in some parts of the country. Temperatures are more pleasant inland and along the coast of Washington and Oregon. The nature here is beautiful and it's not so crowded. The beach in California is also a good place to stay in the summer months. Summer is the longest on the Hawaiian Islands, from May to October.

Take long walks along the beaches of California
Be astounded by the grand and diverse landscapes of America

Autumn

After the hot summer months, the climate becomes milder again in autumn. This is one of the best and most beautiful periods to travel to the United States. In Yellowstone National Park, you can spot wildlife such as bears, moose, bison, foxes, badgers, birds of prey and many other species. In the Southwestern states of America, you can enjoy excellent hiking. This is also a good time to visit the impressive Grand Canyon.

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Discover all the colours of autumn
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Watch the sunset over America's stunning landscapes

Winter

Winter in the United States is an ideal time to visit the national parks in the desert regions of the states of Arizona, California and Utah, because of the mild temperatures. But the islands of Hawaii are also popular in the winter months. The temperature is an average of 26 degrees, with the occasional tropical rain shower. For winter sports enthusiasts, this is the time to travel to the northwestern states, because the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains have a thick layer of snow. Off the coast of California, you can spot orcas and gray whales, all winter long.

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Hike through the American woods after the snow has fallen

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You probably already have ideas for your holiday to America and Canada. Nature tours through the Rocky Mountains, spotting orcas near the San Juan Islands, or exploring the streets of San Francisco on the iconic cable car?

For the best local tips and advice, visit one of our online presentations. Meet our travel specialists and have all of your questions answered.