When is the best time to visit United States?

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The best time to visit the USA is either during spring (late March to late May) or autumn (late September to late October). These are the shoulder seasons before and after summer, so promise mild temperatures and fewer visitors in the most popular destinations.

From east to west, the U.S. measures 2,680 kilometres across – and in that range there are five climate regions. So, the best time to visit the USA really does depend on what specific location you have in mind. If you’re not fussed, then spring and autumn are generally the most pleasant times to be in the U.S.

Lasting from mid-March to late May, spring brings warm temperatures and beautiful natural scenery to the national parks, forests and wetlands of southern states like California, Florida and Nevada. The northern states and cities take some time to catch up – but when they do, the likes of New York, Washington D.C. and Chicago become popular city break destinations. Similarly, ‘fall’ guarantees pleasant temps and mesmerising autumnal landscapes in many parts of the country. So for lovers of outdoor activities like hiking, biking and camping, these shoulder seasons are the perfect time to make the trip.

Monthly weather and travel tips for United States

After the excitement of Christmas, things are much quieter across the USA in January. The northern states, in particular, can feel bleak with short days and heavy snowfall affecting many regions. So you’ll need to take your thickest winter coat to stay toasty in cities like Boston, New York and Philadelphia, which hosts its annual Mummers Parade on New Year's Day. Instead of avoiding the snow, embrace it at ski resorts like Park City, Utah, and Aspen, Colorado – both famed for their powder skiing and the latter for the Winter X Games competition held at the end of the month.

By contrast, southern states like Florida, Louisiana and Texas are much warmer with average highs of 16–18°C. Southern California also draws its fair share of sun seekers in January, mainly to the beaches of Orange County and laid-back San Diego, or the desert landscapes of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree and Death Valley. But Hawaii is the place to go if you really want to escape the winter blues, with temperatures fixed in the low to mid 20s every day.

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Events in United States in January

New Year's Day

1 January 2022

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

17 January 2022

Lee-Jackson Day

14 January 2022

Civil Rights Day

17 January 2022

Robert E. Lee's Birthday

17 January 2022

Idaho Human Rights Day

17 January 2022

Robert E. Lee's Birthday

17 January 2022

Confederate Heroes' Day

19 January 2022

Robert E. Lee's Birthday

19 January 2022

Cherryville New Year Shooters

1 January 2022

World Braille Day

4 January 2022

Epiphany

6 January 2022

International Programmers' Day

7 January 2022

Orthodox Christmas Day

7 January 2022

Stephen Foster Memorial Day

13 January 2022

Orthodox New Year

14 January 2022

World Religion Day

16 January 2022

Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat

17 January 2022

World Leprosy Day

23 January 2022

International Customs Day

26 January 2022

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

27 January 2022

Kansas Day

29 January 2022

In February, the days are cold and dark across many of the northern states. However, it’s a great time to enjoy cosy mountain resorts and take advantage of discount prices in major destinations like Chicago and Washington D.C. You could time your trip with Presidents Day (a national holiday) on the third Monday of the month, or the Superbowl – America’s biggest sporting event of the year. Alternatively, head into the wilderness of Wyoming and Montana for wolf-watching safaris and dog-sledding adventures – but be sure to wrap up in your warmest clothes.

In the southwest, tourists flock to the Grand Canyon to see it in its snow-dusted winter glory, while further east in New Orleans locals and visitors alike will be gearing up for the legendary parades and masquerade balls of the Mardi Gras festival held at the end of the month. It’s much warmer down here during February, so if you plan to go then pack lighter clothing and a colourful costume to don on the night.

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Events in United States in February

Valentine's Day

14 February 2022

Presidents' Day

21 February 2022

Cedarburg Winter Festival

19 February 2022

Lincoln's Birthday observed

11 February 2022

Lincoln's Birthday

12 February 2022

Daisy Gatson Bates Day

21 February 2022

With the first buds of spring, many Americans – particularly those in the south – can start to think about festivals and holidays once more. States like Georgia, Tennessee and California are warming nicely, and it’s during March that huge crowds of young Americans descend on Florida to spend their spring break. This is the warmest part of the country, with average highs of about 22°C and more beaches than you can shake a snorkel at.

But the change isn’t quite so obvious further north, where continued snowfall keeps the ski season going strong in states like Utah, Colorado and Wyoming. You’ll need to wear plenty of layers if you’re planning a trip to the likes of Boston or New York – two cities which battle it out for the best St. Patrick’s Day parades every year. And come the end of the month there’s nowhere better than Washington D.C., where hundreds of pink and white cherry blossoms bloom around the capital’s Tidal Basin in coincidence with the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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Events in United States in March

Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras

1 March 2022

Town Meeting Day

1 March 2022

Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras

1 March 2022

Texas Independence Day

2 March 2022

Evacuation Day

17 March 2022

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day observed

25 March 2022

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day

26 March 2022

Seward's Day

28 March 2022

César Chávez Day

31 March 2022

Cannerystock - 80's Pop & Rock Fest Weekend

16 March 2022

Tech N9ne and Cypress Hill-April

17 March 2022

Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras

1 March 2022

Zero Discrimination Day

1 March 2022

St. David's Day

1 March 2022

Isra and Mi'raj

1 March 2022

Self-Injury Awareness Day

1 March 2022

First Day of Women's History Month

1 March 2022

Ash Wednesday

2 March 2022

Read Across America Day

2 March 2022

World Wildlife Day

3 March 2022

Employee Appreciation Day

4 March 2022

Casimir Pulaski Day

7 March 2022

International Women's Day

8 March 2022

World Kidney Day

10 March 2022

Purim

17 March 2022

St. Patrick's Day

17 March 2022

March Equinox

20 March 2022

International Day of Happiness

20 March 2022

World Down Syndrome Day

21 March 2022

International Day of Nowruz

21 March 2022

World Poetry Day

21 March 2022

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

21 March 2022

International Day of Forests

21 March 2022

World Water Day

22 March 2022

World Meteorological Day

23 March 2022

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims

24 March 2022

World Tuberculosis Day

24 March 2022

Maryland Day

25 March 2022

In April, the northern states can finally begin to shake off the winter chill. Temperatures can climb into the mid teens and sunny days start rolling in. However, much of the snow is replaced by rain – especially in coastal regions including New England and the Pacific Northwest – so it’s best to come prepared for wet and windy weather.

Down south, it’s road-tripping season. If you’re planning a cross-country junket, April is a great month to see the southern national parks while avoiding the summer crowds. Those in Utah and Arizona are excellent options to explore while en route to Las Vegas, Nevada. The world’s gambling capital isn’t too hot this time of year, and hosts its annual Great Vegas Festival of Beer at the start of the month. Other major events taking place in April include California’s Coachella Music Festival, Miami’s Wine and Food Festival, New Orleans’ Jazz & Heritage Festival and The Boston Marathon. Easter Sunday and Earth Day (22 April) are celebrated nationwide.

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Events in United States in April

Emancipation Day observed

15 April 2022

Good Friday

15 April 2022

Emancipation Day

16 April 2022

Patriot's Day

18 April 2022

San Jacinto Day

21 April 2022

Confederate Memorial Day

25 April 2022

State Holiday

25 April 2022

Confederate Memorial Day

25 April 2022

Arbor Day

29 April 2022

Pascua Florida Day observed

1 April 2022

April Fool's Day

1 April 2022

World Autism Awareness Day

2 April 2022

Pascua Florida Day

2 April 2022

Ramadan Starts

3 April 2022

United Nations' Mine Awareness Day

4 April 2022

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace

6 April 2022

National Tartan Day

6 April 2022

United Nations' World Health Day

7 April 2022

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide

7 April 2022

Palm Sunday

10 April 2022

International Day of Human Space Flight

12 April 2022

National Library Workers' Day

12 April 2022

Thomas Jefferson's Birthday

13 April 2022

Maundy Thursday

14 April 2022

Father Damien Day

15 April 2022

Holy Saturday

16 April 2022

Passover (first day)

16 April 2022

Easter Sunday

17 April 2022

Easter Monday

18 April 2022

Tax Day

18 April 2022

International Day for Monuments and Sites

18 April 2022

Chinese Language Day

20 April 2022

Oklahoma Day

22 April 2022

Orthodox Good Friday

22 April 2022

Earth Day

22 April 2022

English Language Day

23 April 2022

Last Day of Passover

23 April 2022

World Book and Copyright Day

23 April 2022

Orthodox Holy Saturday

23 April 2022

April showers bring May flowers – or so the saying goes. By now, most of the US will be swathed in great patches of green and vibrant wildflowers in full bloom. With daily highs of 18–23°C, it’s also warm enough to explore northern metropolises like New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. without worrying about the cold – though you might want to take a light waterproof jacket just in case.

These peak conditions make May a prime time to experience the country’s natural wonders too. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Utah’s many national parks turn into geological wonderlands, particularly as the wildlife comes out of hibernation, while California’s Death Valley is primed for sensational Milky Way views. The month’s big event is Cinco de Mayo – a celebration of Mexican culture with live music, dance and family-friendly activities in locations across the nation. Memorial Day, one of the country’s biggest public holidays, arrives on the last Monday of the month, marking the start of the summer holiday season.

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Events in United States in May

Memorial Day

30 May 2022

Truman Day

8 May 2022

Truman Day observed

9 May 2022

Confederate Memorial Day

10 May 2022

Primary Election Day

10 May 2022

Loyalty Day

1 May 2022

Lei Day

1 May 2022

Law Day

1 May 2022

World Tuna Day

2 May 2022

Eid al-Fitr

3 May 2022

World Press Freedom Day

3 May 2022

Rhode Island Independence Day

4 May 2022

Kent State Shootings Remembrance

4 May 2022

Cinco de Mayo

5 May 2022

Yom Ha'atzmaut

5 May 2022

National Day of Prayer

5 May 2022

National Nurses Day

6 May 2022

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

6 May 2022

National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day

7 May 2022

Victory in Europe Day

8 May 2022

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War

8 May 2022

Mother's Day

8 May 2022

World Ovarian Cancer Day

8 May 2022

Confederate Memorial Day

10 May 2022

International Nurses Day

12 May 2022

Friday the 13th

13 May 2022

World Migratory Bird Day

14 May 2022

International Day of Families

15 May 2022

Peace Officers Memorial Day

15 May 2022

Day of Vesak

16 May 2022

World Information Society Day

17 May 2022

Lag BaOmer

19 May 2022

National Defense Transportation Day

20 May 2022

World Autoimmune / Autoinflammatory Arthritis Day

20 May 2022

Armed Forces Day

21 May 2022

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

21 May 2022

International Day for Biological Diversity

22 May 2022

National Maritime Day

22 May 2022

Harvey Milk Day

22 May 2022

International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

23 May 2022

Emergency Medical Services for Children Day

25 May 2022

National Missing Children's Day

25 May 2022

African Liberation Day

25 May 2022

Ascension Day

26 May 2022

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

29 May 2022

Jefferson Davis' Birthday

30 May 2022

World No Tobacco Day

31 May 2022

The beginning of June is arguably the sweet spot of the US calendar. For a week or two, the weather is warm and sunny nearly everywhere you go, and tourist numbers are yet to peak. It’s a great time to visit national parks such as California’s Yosemite, when the waterfalls are at their most spectacular as the high-altitude snow causes rushing meltwater. The festival season is also in full swing, with major events including Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (Manchester, Tennessee) and the legendary San Francisco Pride parade taking place.

Further north, temperatures will be a little fresher but still consistently warm – especially in waterfront cities like Cleveland, Providence and Atlantic City. There’s no shortage of events either. Take Chicago’s Blues Festival – a free, three-day party celebrating blues and jazz – or New York’s aqua-themed Mermaid Parade on Coney Island. But the main attraction is ‘Summerfest’, held each June in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and currently the USA’s largest music festival.

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Events in United States in June

Jefferson Davis' Birthday

6 June 2022

Kamehameha Day observed

10 June 2022

Kamehameha Day

11 June 2022

Emancipation Day

19 June 2022

West Virginia Day

20 June 2022

Global Day of Parents

1 June 2022

Statehood Day

1 June 2022

Jefferson Davis' Birthday

3 June 2022

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression

4 June 2022

Pentecost

5 June 2022

World Environment Day

5 June 2022

Shavuot

5 June 2022

D-Day

6 June 2022

Whit Monday

6 June 2022

World Oceans Day

8 June 2022

World Day Against Child Labour

12 June 2022

Bunker Hill Day

12 June 2022

Trinity Sunday

12 June 2022

International Albinism Awareness Day

13 June 2022

World Blood Donor Day

14 June 2022

Army Birthday

14 June 2022

Flag Day

14 June 2022

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

15 June 2022

Corpus Christi

16 June 2022

International Day of Family Remittances

16 June 2022

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

17 June 2022

Juneteenth

19 June 2022

Father's Day

19 June 2022

Juneteenth

19 June 2022

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

19 June 2022

July is one of the hottest and most crowded months to visit the U.S. With schools broken up for summer, American families join tourists in the national parks and beach resorts up and down the country, so you’ll need to make reservations well in advance. Temperatures stay comfortably within the high twenties and hit the mid thirties in southwestern cities like Austin, Texas, and Phoenix, Arizona. It’s more humid in the east, but occasional thunderstorms help to mitigate the heat.

If you time your visit right, the 4 July celebrations are not to be missed. Taking place all over the country, America’s Independence Day is honoured with parades, parties, fireworks and all things red, white and blue. July is also ideal for exploring the otherwise rainy Pacific Northwest, with cities such as Seattle and Portland coming into their own. The former hosts the Bite of Seattle food festival in July, while the latter goes craft beer crazy at the Oregon Brewers Festival. Other July highlights include Santa Fe’s Folk Art Festival and Taste of Chicago – the largest food festival on the planet.

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Events in United States in July

Independence Day

4 July 2022

Pioneer Day

24 July 2022

Pioneer Day observed

25 July 2022

International Day of Cooperatives

2 July 2022

Eid al-Adha

10 July 2022

World Population Day

11 July 2022

Nathan Bedford Forrest Day

13 July 2022

Bastille Day

14 July 2022

World Youth Skills Day

15 July 2022

Rural Transit Day

16 July 2022

Nelson Mandela Day

18 July 2022

Parents' Day

24 July 2022

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

27 July 2022

World Hepatitis Day

28 July 2022

World Day against Trafficking in Persons

30 July 2022

International Day of Friendship

30 July 2022

Muharram

30 July 2022

Expect sweltering heat in August, with daytime temperatures rarely dropping below the mid thirties in the south. It’s also incredibly humid in some eastern cities and regions, from which the best escape will be your nearest waterfront. But brace yourself – most beaches are packed with city dwellers and families cramming in a summer holiday before school restarts. However, that also means lower rates and thinner crowds in otherwise crowded destinations like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The good news is that the USA has thousands of miles of glorious coastline on offer – from the shorelines of New England to the beaches of the Carolinas and Southern California’s Pacific Coast. You could also take the opportunity to explore mountainous national parks such as Yellowstone and Grand Teton, both in Wyoming, or those found in Alaska, which enjoys long and mild days during August. Elsewhere, the Iowa State Fair runs in state capital Des Moines for most of the month, while tennis fans clamber to see world pros take to the court at New York’s thrilling US Open.

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Events in United States in August

Missouri State Fair

12 August 2021

Minnesota State Fair

26 August 2021

Brown County Fair

16 August 2021

Western Idaho Fair

20 August 2021

Alaska State Fair

26 August 2021

Champlain Valley Fair

27 August 2021

Clackamas County Fair & Canby Rodeo

17 August 2021

Maine Lobster Festival

4 August 2021

Outside Lands

6 August 2021

Park City Kimball Arts Festival

6 August 2021

Coeur D Alene Street Fair

6 August 2021

Taste of Coeur D'alene

6 August 2021

Corn Fest

27 August 2021

Mannington District Fair

2 August 2021

Hope Watermelon Festival

5 August 2021

Davis County Fair

18 August 2021

Franklin County Watermelon Festival

20 August 2021

Greenwood Lake Air Show

13 August 2021

Festival Peachtree Latino

29 August 2021

Colorado Springs Comic Con

27 August 2021

Georgia Mountain Fair

13 August 2021

Delcambre Shrimp Festival

18 August 2021

Summer Salute Festival

27 August 2021

Matchbox Twenty

28 August 2021

New Blues Festival

7 August 2021

Luke Bryan: Proud To Be Right Here

12 August 2021

Downtown Grand Forks Street Fair

20 August 2021

Matchbox Twenty

22 August 2021

Great American Duck Race

26 August 2021

Matchbox Twenty

31 August 2021

Artwalk @ Liberty Station

7 August 2021

Moonrise Festival

6 August 2021

Das Energi Festival

13 August 2021

Nampa Festival of the Arts

14 August 2021

Matchbox Twenty

14 August 2021

Florida Kids and Family Expo 2021

14 August 2021

Matchbox Twenty

29 August 2021

September brings calm and cooler temperatures to much of the US, with only the hottest cities in the south recording daytime temperatures higher than 30°C. It’s worth bearing in mind that September also marks the start of hurricane season in Florida, so it’s probably best to avoid. The month kicks off with Labor Day – a national holiday which signals the unofficial end of summer, involving big parties and barbecue cookouts up and down the country. New York’s Electric Zoo music festival and the Detroit Jazz Festival are two notable examples.

Other important days in September include Patriot Day, which commemorates the events of 9/11, and Constitution Day on 17 September. California’s wine harvest also occurs in September, while beer and bratwurst lovers rejoice with the arrival of Oktoberfest to cities such as Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. But the ultimate party is none other than Burning Man – a nine-day jamboree of electro music, mesmerising artwork and community spirit in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.

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Events in United States in September

New Mexico State Fair

9 September 2021

Warrens Cranberry Festival

24 September 2021

Southern Decadence

2 September 2021

Hampton Beach Seafood Festival

10 September 2021

The Great Reno Balloon Race

10 September 2021

Chesterfield (St Louis) Music & Arts Festival

4 September 2021

Labor Day

6 September 2021

Electric Zoo

3 September 2021

Lafayette Art and Wine Festival

18 September 2021

Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival

18 September 2021

Olympia Harbor Days Festival

3 September 2021

Life is Beautiful

17 September 2021

Coconino County Fair

3 September 2021

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Expo

4 September 2021

Cow Chip Arts and Craft Fair

4 September 2021

Taste of Polonia Festival

3 September 2021

Nyack Septemberfest

12 September 2021

Labor Day Experience

3 September 2021

Art World

11 September 2021

Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival

18 September 2021

Madison Chautauqua Festival of Art

25 September 2021

Windsor Harvest Festival

4 September 2021

Navajo County Fair & Rodeo

15 September 2021

Lost Lands Festival

24 September 2021

Imagine Music Festival

17 September 2021

Matchbox Twenty

1 September 2021

Pilgrimage Festival

25 September 2021

Matchbox Twenty

26 September 2021

Kool Koncert

2 September 2021

Golden Onion Days

3 September 2021

Labor Day Experience

3 September 2021

Aiken's Makin'

10 September 2021

Matchbox Twenty

19 September 2021

Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival

23 September 2021

Margate Fall Funfest by the Bay

25 September 2021

Ridgewood Fall Art & Craft Street Fair

19 September 2021

North Coast Music Festival

3 September 2021

Prairie Arts Festival

4 September 2021

Deer Path Art Fair on the Square

5 September 2021

Apache County Fair

8 September 2021

Brandywine Festival of the Arts

11 September 2021

Suffern Fall Street Festival

19 September 2021

Matchbox Twenty

27 September 2021

Ely's Fall Harvest Moon Festival

10 September 2021

Temperatures tumble in October, as the transitional season brings enthralling autumnal colours to the northern states. It's not too cold though, so you can comfortably explore the forests of New England and seek out the best viewpoints to admire the kaleidoscopic canopies. Other autumn leaf hotspots in the US include the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, and Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

The southern states cool down but still cling to warm temperatures, so now would be a good time to experience the dazzling lights and sights of Las Vegas. Further south, Fantasy Fest – Key West's answer to Mardi Gras – brings tens of thousands to the subtropical enclave in the ten days before Halloween. The 31 October holiday is one of the most exciting events of the year, with Halloween-themed parades taking place in New York, Los Angeles and Salem, Massachusetts

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Events in United States in October

Austin City Limits - Weekend 1

1 October 2021

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

2 October 2021

Austin City Limits - Weekend 2

8 October 2021

South Carolina State Fair

14 October 2021

Voodoo

29 October 2021

Halloween

31 October 2021

Columbus Day

11 October 2021

Great American Beer Fest

7 October 2021

San Carlos Art & Wine Faire

9 October 2021

Bella Vista Arts & Crafts Festival

14 October 2021

Gentilly Fest

8 October 2021

Autumn on Parade

2 October 2021

Georgia Mountain Fall Festival

8 October 2021

Rise Festival

1 October 2021

Lockn' Festival

1 October 2021

Tourist numbers drop off sharply in November, as winter takes hold. Cold winds blow through many of the northern states, bringing plenty of rain and even snowfall to some. Down in Florida, the end of hurricane season triggers the start of a warm but drier period that’s ideal for visiting the theme parks of Orlando. So what you pack really does depend on which region you visit, as the north and south climates differ significantly at this time of year.

Veterans Day is held on 11 November, while Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of the month. Of the many national celebrations that occur on this day, the most famous is the Macy’s Day Parade in New York, renowned for its giant floats and marching bands. The following day is Black Friday – a major date in the Christmas shopping calendar with stores offering hefty discounts all over the country. If you’re visiting New York, you might also want to consider a trip up to Boston to follow the Freedom Trail and discover where the American Revolution began.

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Events in United States in November

Veterans Day

11 November 2021

Thanksgiving Day

25 November 2021

Deland Fall Festival of the Arts

20 November 2021

Halifax Art Festival

6 November 2021

Christmas Made in the South / Savannah

19 November 2021

Christmas Made in the South / Jacksonville

26 November 2021

Christmas Made in the South / Macon

5 November 2021

Election Day

2 November 2021

Black Friday

26 November 2021

Day After Thanksgiving

26 November 2021

Black Friday

26 November 2021

Day After Thanksgiving

26 November 2021

Black Friday

26 November 2021

Day After Thanksgiving

26 November 2021

Black Friday

26 November 2021

Day After Thanksgiving

26 November 2021

Presidents' Day

26 November 2021

Day After Thanksgiving

26 November 2021

Black Friday

26 November 2021

State Holiday

26 November 2021

Lincoln's Birthday/Lincoln's Day

26 November 2021

Day After Thanksgiving

26 November 2021

Lincoln's Birthday/Lincoln's Day

26 November 2021

Day After Thanksgiving

26 November 2021

Black Friday

26 November 2021

Day After Thanksgiving

26 November 2021

Black Friday

26 November 2021

Day After Thanksgiving

26 November 2021

Black Friday

26 November 2021

December is a busy month in the US. Not only do the streets of major cities become filled with Christmas shoppers, but it’s also the month that ski season kicks off in the Rockies. Resorts in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Utah bustle with winter sports lovers, determined to make the most of the fresh snowfall, while cities across the east and midwest are illuminated with incredible festive displays, including European-style markets and ice-skating rinks. You’ll need to wrap up if visiting the north in December – and it’s best to make reservations well in advance in order to avoid the highest rates.

Elsewhere, southern destinations like Miami and San Diego are still warm enough so that you can walk around in a t-shirt. Christmas Day itself is taken as a national holiday, while New Year’s Eve sees amazing fireworks displays all over the nation. New York’s Times Square is a legendary spot, where the ‘time ball’ descends a flagpole during the minute-long countdown to midnight. December is also the best time of year to see the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the northern lights, throughout Alaska.

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Events in United States in December

The Seminole Hard Rock Winterfest Boat Parade

11 December 2021

New Year's Eve

31 December 2021

Christmas Day observed

24 December 2021

Christmas Day

25 December 2021

New Year's Eve

31 December 2021

New Year's Day observed

31 December 2021

New Year's Eve

31 December 2021

Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market

3 December 2021

Christmas Made in the South / Charleston

3 December 2021

Kris Kringle

10 December 2021

Christmas Eve

24 December 2021

Washington's Birthday

24 December 2021

Christmas Eve

24 December 2021

Day After Christmas Day

26 December 2021

Salem Holiday Market

10 December 2021

'Tis the Season

3 December 2021

Winter in the Park Fine Art & Craft Show

11 December 2021

Art in the Park at Dinosaure Caves ‑ December

5 December 2021

World AIDS Day

1 December 2021

Rosa Parks Day

1 December 2021

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

2 December 2021

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

3 December 2021

World Soil Day

5 December 2021

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

5 December 2021

Last Day of Chanukah

6 December 2021

Weather and temperature in United States

Knowing the best time to visit the U.S. depends on what you’re looking for in a trip. If weather is your main concern, then it’s worth bearing in mind that the USA contains five distinct climate regions that vary significantly at any given time of the year. However, the most pleasant temperatures generally occur during spring and autumn across most of these regions.

The Northeast – home to cities such as New York, Boston and Philadelphia – gets average highs of 9°C during spring and 11°C during autumn, with frequent showers across the region. In contrast, the sun-kissed cities of the Southwest like Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego bask in temperatures of 12–17°C through both shoulder seasons. Further up the West Coast, Portland and Seattle are cooler and wetter, being in the states of Oregon and Washington respectively. Late spring temperatures are warmer in Midwest hotspots like Chicago and Columbus but can get chilly in autumn, while Southeast cities like Miami and Orlando, Florida, and New Orleans, Louisiana, experience average highs of 19–22°C in both seasons.

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Las Vegas High 15°C 18°C 23°C 26°C 31°C 38°C 39°C 38°C 35°C 28°C 20°C 14°C
Low 4°C 7°C 11°C 14°C 19°C 25°C 27°C 26°C 23°C 16°C 8°C 5°C
Atlanta High 12°C 13°C 18°C 23°C 27°C 30°C 31°C 30°C 28°C 23°C 16°C 15°C
Low 1°C 2°C 7°C 12°C 16°C 20°C 22°C 21°C 19°C 12°C 5°C 6°C
Los Angeles High 21°C 20°C 22°C 22°C 23°C 24°C 26°C 28°C 29°C 27°C 23°C 19°C
Low 9°C 10°C 12°C 13°C 15°C 17°C 18°C 19°C 19°C 17°C 13°C 10°C
Miami High 24°C 25°C 26°C 28°C 29°C 30°C 31°C 31°C 31°C 29°C 27°C 26°C
Low 18°C 18°C 19°C 22°C 23°C 25°C 26°C 26°C 25°C 24°C 21°C 20°C

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Cost of stay in United States

Want to travel smart? Here, you can check out the cost of stay in the United States for each month.

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  • US$60 Jan
  • US$65 Feb
  • US$68 Mar
  • US$73 Apr
  • US$78 May
  • US$82 Jun
  • US$90 Jul
  • US$75 Aug
  • US$72 Sept
  • US$69 Oct
  • US$60 Nov
  • US$58 Dec
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  • US$52 Jan
  • US$59 Feb
  • US$69 Mar
  • US$72 Apr
  • US$72 May
  • US$77 Jun
  • US$87 Jul
  • US$72 Aug
  • US$67 Sept
  • US$60 Oct
  • US$51 Nov
  • US$57 Dec
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  • US$18 Jan
  • US$23 Feb
  • US$25 Mar
  • US$26 Apr
  • US$29 May
  • US$31 Jun
  • US$33 Jul
  • US$28 Aug
  • US$27 Sept
  • US$25 Oct
  • US$20 Nov
  • US$19 Dec
    0 26 52 78 104
  • US$94 Jan
  • US$94 Feb
  • US$94 Mar
  • US$93 Apr
  • US$92 May
  • US$104 Jun
  • US$111 Jul
  • US$98 Aug
  • US$97 Sept
  • US$91 Oct
  • US$87 Nov
  • US$97 Dec
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  • US$102 Jan
  • US$113 Feb
  • US$112 Mar
  • US$115 Apr
  • US$114 May
  • US$114 Jun
  • US$122 Jul
  • US$121 Aug
  • US$113 Sept
  • US$111 Oct
  • US$107 Nov
  • US$99 Dec

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