It can be overwhelming trying to work out when is the best time to visit the USA. As it's such a vast land with varying temperatures, the best time to go usually depends on what you'd like to do there. So whether you're planning a short shopping trip across the pond in New York City or you want to show off your surfing skills in California, here's a quick guide to some of the most popular spots.
As a huge melting pot, New York caters to every nationality, so you'll find numerous events happening at any given moment. During the summer months, many of the locals look to get away for a while as the heat can be oppressive, particularly while stood on a subway platform, so you might find it easier to get tickets to Broadway shows then. As a bonus, the 4th of July fireworks above the East River are pretty spectacular to watch.
You'll also find an exodus happening at Thanksgiving, in late November, when people fly home for a feast with family. "Black Friday", a bargain hunter's dream, takes place the day after Thanksgiving, so you might want to bring a spare suitcase. If you're prepared to stand in freezing temperatures to be on American television, then head to Times Square for the ball drop on New Year's Eve.
Iceland may have the Northern Lights, but New England has its own beautiful natural phenomenon -- autumn, when the leaves explode with colours such as fiery red, blazing orange and bright yellow. Boston is compact enough to walk around with ease, but hiring a car will allow you to head out of the city and gasp at the pretty landscape throughout the state. Plus, just 16 miles north of Boston is Salem, a destination that looms large in American history due to the witch trials; Halloween is a perfect time to explore this interesting city.
If booze and beads are your thing, head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras in February.
This is a year-round destination for young and old alike. If you're bringing the kids, the many theme parks in Florida will tire them out enough to give you a good night's rest. Summer vacation in America extends from mid-June to early September, so the lines will probably be shorter at other times of the year.
It gets pretty darn cold in the Midwest, so if you're brave enough to venture a winter holiday in Chicago, pack your thermals and maybe bring some extras, just for good measure. As you might have guessed, winter is also the season when it's easiest to snag a deal here.
The Golden State is full of buzz-worthy cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. If you're looking to spot a particular celeb, websites like Seeing Stars list the dates and locations of movie premieres. California sunshine means it's a top destination during the summer months, so you might face long queues for various attractions. Spring brings flowers and is a good time for deals to this state. For all would-be surfers, the biggest waves in southern California tend to be in winter.