Best Times for Australians to Visit the USA

Updated on May 5, 2016
Magical Hawaiian summer day - truly picture perfect!
Magical Hawaiian summer day - truly picture perfect! | Source

One of the most appealing aspects of an American holiday is the fact that there are so many options on when to travel. Do you base it around school holidays? Seasons? The exchange rate?

The question on when to actually make the voyage to the US is pretty complex and there are so many things to consider. And it really does depend on what you want to do while you're there.

Let's go through the seasons to make that decision a little easier. Oh, and remember - Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere, the US in the Northern...so when it's summer in Oz, it's winter in America!

SUMMER

Summer for Americans is essentially June to August. Unlike Aussies, Americans don't go by the 1st of the month rule for seasonal changes, they prefer to opt for the more accurate lunar cycle. But for argument's sake, let's just say that summer is June to August (ie. when it's winter in Australia).

For many, this 3 month period is the most ideal time to visit because it provides far greater opportunities. When it's summer, you can go to the beach, you can go to the cities, you can go to the desert, you can go to the mountains. You can even go to the colder states and still see snow and glaciers.

The advantages of visiting during the summer months include:

- Hot weather (obviously!). If lying on a beach or hitting the surf is your kind of holiday, then this is by far the best time to visit!

- Accessibility to beaches (ie. the water is warmer). With hot weather comes warmer waters. Admit it, there's nothing worse than icy cold beaches! And not only that, but unlike during winter, where high surf tends to close a lot of beaches, most beaches are fairly safe during summer.

- Facilities that are closed during winter are open (ie. some excursions in Alaska are closed during the winter months)

- You get to escape the Australian winter - always a bonus!

- Baseball season is in full swing. Baseball truly is America's favorite pastime and a trip to the US is not complete without a day at a ball game!

However, there are some disadvantages:

- North American summer school vacation time. This means there are A lot more families/kids on holidays too, which means beaches become overcrowded, destination hot spots (like Disneyland) become unbearable and hotels jack up the prices

- In many of the southern states, it can be too hot. Cities and towns in Arizona, Texas, Florida, California and New Mexico will record temperatures well into the 40 degrees Celsius range (110+ degrees Fahrenheit) during the summer

- Hot weather brings a wet season and the start of hurricane season. Florida, the Carolinas and states on the Gulf of Mexico can be lashed with devastating storms in the middle of the year

Of course there are probably a million more pros and cons about summer travel, but I've given you a starting point.


AUTUMN/FALL

Let's throw it out there immediately - Autumn/Fall (basically September to November) is one of the most ideal times to visit for one very obvious reason - school is back! American schools and Universities head back to the classroom come late August/September, which means hotel rates drop and destinations become less crowded.

If that's not enough to sell you on an Autumn visit, keep reading:

- Average temperatures suit everyone. It's not too hot and it's not too cold. The summer heat has died off and the winter snows are still a couple of months away.

- Start of holiday season - Halloween and Thanksgiving! If you've never experienced a Halloween or Thanksgiving (and let's be honest, they're not Australian holidays, so why would you?) then it's something to marvel at!

- Start of football season. Next to baseball, American Football is the nation's other great love. And even if you can't get to a game, if the local team is playing on a Sunday afternoon or Monday night, be assured that every pub, bar, restaurant, drive in and diner will be showing the game!

But of course, there are a couple of reasons to avoid this time of year:

- Hurricane season. Yes the temperatures may have dropped and the snow hasn't arrived, but hurricanes sure have. Of course this really only applies to states on the Gulf of Mexico and up the Eastern seaboard, but planning that dream vacation to New Orleans, Miami or South Carolina may have to be re-thought if you were thinking of traveling during the Autumn/Fall months.


WINTER

One of the major reasons a lot of Australians head to North America during winter is due to the kids. Your kids I mean! American winter = Australian summer = school holidays. If you've still got kids in school that means they've got a good 6 weeks off between Christmas and the end of January, so this allows for a longer holiday and not having to take them out of school.

But what are the other advantages?

- Snow, snow, snow! If you're like me and never went to an Australian ski field, then you've never seen anything like it, literally! And it's not just the northern (ie. colder) states that get snow, although snow in Michigan is a little different than snow in Alabama! At one point in 2010, each of the 50 states had snow somewhere on the ground - even Hawaii! While snow equals colder climates and having to pack more clothes, winter in the US is a beautiful sight.

- Christmas. Haven't you ever dreamed of a white Christmas? Ice skating in New York's Central Park?

- New Year's Eve. How many people can say they've been in Times Square to see the ball drop on NYE? And remember, the US is one of the last countries in the world to experience NYE, so why not try Hawaii and watch all the other countries celebrate before you do!

- Some cities/towns are specifically designed to maximize tourists during the winter months. Dog sledding in Alaska, skiing in Colorado. You can generally only do these during winter, so if that's your thing, avoid the summer months!

Now the downsides...

- It's cold. Obvious, huh? But be warned - an American winter is nothing like an Australian winter. While colder Aussie towns and cities can experience winter days just below freezing, some American locations endure weeks, if not months, of temperatures well below freezing. Add on blizzards and treacherous conditions and maybe winter isn't the best time for your ultimate American getaway.

- While some amusements and sites might be open/better suited for winter, some face closure during the winter.Some cruises in Alaska close down, many amusement parks in the northern states can't operate safely. And as pretty as Disney World might be covered in snow, do you really want to ride Splash Mountain when the water is that cold?

- Surf. Big surf! The colder months bring some incredible surf to California and Hawaii for instance, with waves on the Aloha state's North Shore surpassing the 40 foot mark. Definitely something for the bucket list.


SPRING

Our fourth and final month and one of the prettiest in North America. The snow has melted, the grass is looking greener and the temperatures are rising once again. So what does March to June have to offer?

- Just like during the Autumn/Fall months, it's technically a 'quieter' period in the States, so hotels and transport is cheaper and American kids are still in school

- The weather is just about perfect. Of course many of the northern states are still a little chilly, but generally it's not too hot and it's not too cold. The rainy season hasn't commenced and the snow is all but gone.

- Hiking. We've covered beaches and skiing, so why not hiking and other outdoor adventures? Climbing into the mountains is amazing this time of year!

The negatives?

- Spring break. Ahh yes, we've all seen it on TV. The week in March where high school and college kids head to the beach (stereotypically) for 7 days of mayhem! It's like schoolies - just worse! I highly recommend researching your destination prior to booking to ensure it's not a Spring Break mecca!

- Aussies. While the Americans might still be in school, research shows this is one of the prime seasons for Australian tourists, particularly during the Easter school holidays. So if you're idea of a non-Australian holiday is not coming across any other Aussies, then avoid the springtime.


There you have it. Some of the reasons why to avoid summer, why winter is best, why spring is ultimate and why autumn/fall is to be resisted (and everything in between!)

New York City during the winter months is worth the flight. Just remember the gloves!
New York City during the winter months is worth the flight. Just remember the gloves! | Source

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • profile image

        flatoutogheels 

        2 years ago

        So nice of place for a vacations

      • Ali Dawson profile imageAUTHOR

        Ali Dawson 

        6 years ago from Honolulu, HI

        Mum - whenever I'm here and not in California! Hawaii doesn't really have a 'quiet period', so I'd probably recommend summer for you so you can escape the Aussie winter!

        Danette - I've never actually been to the Mid West (yet!) but it's definitely on the bucket list! I don't really like the cold, but I love the snow!

      • Danette Watt profile image

        Danette Watt 

        6 years ago from Illinois

        Nice picture of HI. I've never been to NY city, in any season and I can't say that I would really want to either. Big big cities don't do much for me.

        Where in Michigan did you go? I'm from the Detroit area but the Upper Peninsula is so much prettier.

        Voted up and useful for all the great tips for your fellow Aussies!

      • profile image

        Karon Dawson 

        6 years ago

        So when is a good time to travel to see YOU?

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, wanderwisdom.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://wanderwisdom.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)