With such a vast land mass, the USA climate varies wildly across the country and at almost any time it's possible to find snow, sunbathing weather and a temperate climate great for hiking and outdoor activities. The south and west regions tend to be warmer and sunnier whilst the north and east areas are more temperate and rainier. The USA tends to experience all four seasons, although in the mountainous regions snow can stay on the ground all year.
The diverse array of attractions means that the USA is a popular destination all year round. Florida and California are both great for some winter sun, whilst the changing leaf colours are popular across the whole of the east in autumn. School holidays see huge influxes of British tourists to the major theme parks in California and Orlando, but with so much to see and do it's best to check out the local tourist seasons with the help of our dealchecker guides to the most popular areas.
In California the year kicks off with Pasadena's Rose Parade, on a par with the New Year revels in New York's Times Square. January also sees the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, hailing independent film makers from around the world. The weather for the year is predicted in February on Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania but the movable feast of New Orleans' Mardi Gras carnival brings colour and music to the end of winter. The world's oldest annual marathon is held in Boston in April and the party continues in New Orleans with the Jazz and Heritage Festival. July brings Independence Day and celebrations countrywide but Washington DC is the place to be and August brings a plethora of county fairs and events, not least the Iowa State Fair. Burning Man Festival in Nevada in September is one of the world's top counterculture festivals and Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York is perhaps the most famous event of all.