The USA is big. Not only is there something for everyone, but a season for every traveller too. In Winter, feel the refreshing nip of cool air in ‘Mile High’ Denver, Colorado, in summer sip mint juleps on the lawn of a southern plantation manor. Soak up the autumnal moody mist of San Francisco’s Alcatraz, or head for almost eternal Summer light in Alaska. Whatever your American dream, there’s a month calling your name.
Winter (Dec –Feb)
Cultural New England in particular comes alive in Winter – duck into cosy restaurants to beat the chill or pull into a traditional pub with a roaring fire. Shop, visit museums or head down to New York for a different take on Manhattan; less crowds means more freedom. If dreaming of a White Christmas, this is where those dreams can come true. Western USA is milder, in perennially sunny LA locals swan about in sweaters with all-year tans.
Spring (Mar – May)
Hawaii’s dry season beckons from April, as does the USA’s south (missing the risk of Summer humidity or autumn’s hurricanes). In the North, Spring is one of the prettiest and most refreshing seasons with an explosion of flora and fauna. The best bit? Comfortable temperatures more or less all over make for carefree travel.
Summer (June - Aug)
This is a season of wow. In a USA Summer, the options are limitless. For some, it’s all about the coast: think California, Seattle, Miami, and if you head internally, there are a host of national parks with cooling forests perfect for hiking. It’s also the ideal time to head to Alaska, where Summer doesn’t mean surf, but glaciers and snow.
Autumn (Sept – Nov)
Fiery autumn colours of red, burnt orange and electric yellow leaves make autumn magical. School and universities are back, which means this shoulder season has room to move once again. Plus, it’s holiday season, catch Halloween and Thanksgiving for the real-deal American feel.