The United States of America is one of the most diverse and fun tourist destinations in the World. Ranging from the famous Colorado mountains to the metropolitan cities of Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, there are plenty of places to visit in the USA.
Whether you’re planning a family holiday or looking for the best vacation spots for couples, you’ll always find something new to experience in this beautiful country.
Best Time to Visit Every State
The weather in the USA changes dramatically based on the state and on the time of the year.
Starting from Alaska, where late summer is probably the best moment to visit the state. During July/August/September you can enjoy fabulous weather with very rich and active wildlife.
Arizona, on the opposite side, would probably be best avoided during summer due to the extremely high temperatures. Right before it, during spring, could be considered a great moment with nice warm weather.
Weather in California is quite different depending on where you’re planning your vacation since the state spans for over 750 miles from North to South.
South California is definitely warmer and provides a great summer family destination until September and October – perfect to visit Disneyland in Anaheim or SeaWorld in San Diego.
Summers are usually mild in North California (next to the coast), so planning your visit during June/July is a good choice to enjoy the typical sunny weather.
Colorado is another very popular vacation spot and is one of the main ski destinations in the USA. Obviously, winter time is a must time to visit this state, with December-March being the peak season. Of course, avoiding the Christmas holidays will allow you a more relaxing feel while enjoying the white slopes.
Florida, also known as the “Sunshine State” is the warmest state in the US with an average yearly temperature around 70°F. Summer is typically hot across all the state though not usually exceeding 100°F, while winter is slightly warmer in the southern area (Miami). The hurricane season with a peak from late August to the end of October is better avoided, while spring is a beautiful period to visit Florida.
Hawaii’s weather is always warm and pleasant. The winter holidays are the most visited time during the year, though also the other months offer a great tropical experience with a lower chance of rain.
If you’re not a big fan of cold and snow, you’d better avoid traveling to Illinois during the winter season. While late spring and early summer are a perfect time to enjoy Chicago, the lovely atmosphere surrounding the many green areas and the enormous Lake Michigan.
Located in the center of United States, Nebraska has continental weather with rather cold winters and hot summers. Early summer is a great moment to visit Omaha with the baseball NCAA College World series happening in June every year.
The best time to visit New York is… always! This state offers so many things to do that even during the cold winter months we’d recommend visiting it. Probably spring and fall are the best moments to spend your vacation in New York City since there’s usually plenty of walking to do and the climate is pleasant.
Ohio‘s weather is humid continental with hot summers and cold winters with the majority of the rain happening between May and July. Fall is probably the best season to visit this state and to spend a few days in Dayton: birthplace of the Wright Brothers.
Weather in North Carolina is pleasant with mild winters and warm summers. Temperatures in January rarely go below 30°F, while July can reach up to 90°F. May is a great month to visit NC, with some rain but a very comfortable temperature. Among the many things to do in Charlotte in July, you should visit the unique NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Summer is with no doubt the best time to visit South Carolina. We would still recommend waiting a bit and going towards the end of it (September), this way you’ll be able to enjoy peaceful beaches and less crowded resorts.
Best Way to Travel in the US
Traveling around the US can be quite challenging given the huge distance between the many states, without even considering Alaska or Hawaii.
Road trip across the US
Opting for a road trip is a great solution if you have a longer vacation available and enjoy traveling by car. Of course, choosing the right season is very important in order to avoid driving with the snow or under the summer heat.
Traveling the US by bus
Traveling the US by bus is another option for visiting multiple cities on a budget. These intercity bus services, like Greyhound, Megabus and Boltbus offer a very convenient and fun way to travel across the US.
Exploring the US by Train
A faster way of visiting the many states is traveling by train. As Seat61 states, you can travel coast to coast starting at approx. $230! The US rail network isn’t as developed as the one in Europe, but it still allows you to visit all the best places in America.
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) operates most US passenger trains and all trips can be easily booked online via their official website.
Visiting the best places in the US by airplane
Finally, one of the most popular ways to visit the USA is by airplane. As a matter of fact, the US alone has 10 major airlines:
- Alaska Airlines
- Allegiant Air
- American Airlines
- Delta Air Lines
- Frontier Airlines
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- Spirit Airlines
- United Airlines
Some are considered budget airlines or low-cost, while others are standard airlines. Based on your trip and your budget you might want to consider the most appropriate one.
While one of the challenges that you may face when opting for traveling by airplane might be the proximity to a major airport. Being the USA such a big country, it’s not so easy to be easily connected with a nearby major airport.
Most popular airports in USA
Here is a list of the most popular airports in the US:
- Hartsfield – Jackson Atlanta International Airport (Georgia / Atlanta)
- Los Angeles International Airport (California / LA)
- O’Hare International Airport (Illinois / Chicago)
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (Texas / Dallas)
- Denver International Airport (Colorado / Denver)
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York / NYC)
- San Francisco International Airport (California / San Francisco)
- McCarran International Airport (Nevada / Las Vegas)
- Seattle – Tacoma International Airport (Washington / Seattle)
- Charlotte Douglas International Airport (South Carolina / Charlotte)
- Newark Liberty International Airport (New York / NJ)
- Orlando International Airport (Florida / Orlando)