Best Places To Visit in USA By Month

Best Places To Visit in USA By Month

Wondering what are the Best Places To Visit In USA By Month? You’re not alone; this is a common question I get asked by a lot of my readers. I commend everyone asking this question because it’s crucial to know about your destination and plan accordingly. 

US is massive in size, with diverse geography and climate, and because of this, no matter what time of the year, you can always find a place you can visit in US. However, you will find extreme climate conditions in some parts of the US, and so it’s an absolute must to know the weather before you travel.

Overview of USA's Weather

To better answer the question – What are the Best Places To Visit In USA By Month, I want to start by giving you an overview of USA’s weather. I have created the following map with average annual temperatures across the US by state. Blue indicates regions with cooler average temperatures, dark blue being the coldest, and orange shows warmer areas, dark orange/red being the warmest. I have created the map using approximate average temperatures across the US; for more specific temperature readings, please visit the National Climatic Data Center Website.

best places to visit in usa by month

Now, let’s correlate the average annual temperatures, with the four distinct seasons in the US, to find out what are the best places to visit in USA by month and by season. 

Best Places To Visit in USA By Season & Month

best places to visit in usa by month

Spring is the season succeeding winter and preceding summer, and this is when the temperatures begin to warm up around the country. Even though spring marks the end of winter, I would recommend avoiding some of the northern, northeastern, midwestern, and some parts of western regions, that are highlighted in dark blue in the above map.

Best places to visit in USA in the months of March-May: If you’re looking to spend time outdoors, sightseeing, then I would recommend the following states –

West: California (excluding western mountains), NevadaHawaii

Southwest: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona

Midwest: Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas

Southeast: West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida

Northeast: New York, New Jersey, Delaware

best places to visit in USA by monthSummer, the hottest of all seasons, opens up the doors to several other destinations in the US. However, I recommend avoiding a few places due to the extreme heat, especially the ones that are highlighted in dark orange/red in the above map. 

Best places to visit in USA during the months of June-August:

West: Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, California, Alaska

Southwest: Oklahoma, New Mexico

Midwest: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota

Southeast: West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas

Northeast: Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland

best places to visit in usa by month

Fall, also known as autumn, marks the transition from summer to the winter season. The temperatures begin to fall, days shorten, and it brings along some spectacular fall foliage. You could still visit a lot of places in US in fall, except few that are marked in dark blue on the map.

Best places to visit in USA during the months of September-November:

West: Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, California, Hawaii

Southwest: Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona

Midwest: Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota

Southeast: West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida

Northeast: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland

best places to visit in usa by monthWinter, the coldest season of the year, is mild in the southern part but is harsh on the northern, northeastern, and midwestern regions of US. Even though cold weather and snow limit our options, but there are still many places to see in the US in winter. Except the ones marked in blue on the map.

Best places to visit in USA during the months of December-February:

West: CaliforniaHawaii

Southwest: Texas, Oklahoma

Midwest: MissouriKansas

Southeast: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida

Northeast: Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C.

Search Destinations in USA By Month Or Region

MonthSeasonWestSouthwestMidwestSoutheastNortheast
JanuaryWinterCalifornia, HawaiiTexas, OklahomaMissouri, KansasNorth Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, FloridaDelaware, Maryland, Washington D.C.
FebruaryWinterCalifornia, HawaiiTexas and OklahomaMissouri, KansasNorth Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, FloridaDelaware, Maryland, Washington D.C.
MarchSpringCalifornia, Nevada, HawaiiTexas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, ArizonaIndiana, Illinois, Missouri, KansasWest Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, FloridaNew York, New Jersey, Delaware
AprilSpringCalifornia, Nevada, HawaiiTexas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, ArizonaIndiana, Illinois, Missouri, KansasWest Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, FloridaNew York, New Jersey, Delaware
MaySpringCalifornia, Nevada, HawaiiTexas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, ArizonaIndiana, Illinois, Missouri, KansasWest Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, FloridaNew York, New Jersey, Delaware
JuneSummerColorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, California, AlaskaOklahoma, New MexicoOhio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North DakotaWest Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, ArkansasMaine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland
JulySummerColorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, California, AlaskaOklahoma, New MexicoOhio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North DakotaWest Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, ArkansasMaine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland
AugustSummerColorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, California, AlaskaOklahoma, New MexicoOhio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North DakotaWest Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, ArkansasMaine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland
SeptemberFallColorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, California, HawaiiTexas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, ArizonaOhio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North DakotaWest Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, FloridaMassachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland
OctoberFallColorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, California, HawaiiTexas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, ArizonaOhio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North DakotaWest Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, FloridaMassachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland
NovemberFallColorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada, California, HawaiiTexas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, ArizonaOhio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, North DakotaWest Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, FloridaMassachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland
DecemberWinterCalifornia, HawaiiTexas and OklahomaMissouri, KansasNorth Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, FloridaDelaware, Maryland, Washington D.C.

best places to visit in usa by month

I hope you enjoyed reading the post, Best Places To Visit In USA By Month, and I expect this will help you in finding your next travel destination, no matter what time of the year it is!

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