Covering a collective 7.4 million square miles, it’s impossible to characterize the U.S. or Canada by one or two sentences. Regions in each country have maintained a distinct flavor -- from accents and traditions to favorite foods and festivals. The vastness and variety mean there’s something for everyone during any time of year.
Since the weather varies so much throughout, the best way to plan a trip is to first determine where you want to go, what kind of experience you want and what your budget is. That will help determine if you want to travel during off-season or peak season for your destination of choice.
Winter-travelers will reap the best savings in colder areas like Chicago, New York and much of Canada, the exception being ski resorts in places like Colorado or Whistler. Travelers headed south to New Orleans, Texas or SoCal may encounter higher prices in winter but avoid the extreme summer heat.
Summer-travelers may spend a little more in areas like Seattle, the National Parks, or the Canadian Rockies but the weather will be pleasant and temperate in these areas. While the heat in some areas may be off-putting, budget travelers should check out destinations like Las Vegas, Phoenix and SoCal during the summer months.