The Best Time To Go Guide For 70 Destinations
Travel, they say, is broadening. Unfortunately, it can also lead to maxed-out credit cards. Combine the cost of air travel, car rental, accommodations, fees for extra bags, sight-seeing expenses and the little incidentals and you can be looking at Fort Knox-sized bills.
Still, vacations are vital to human health; Everyone needs an opportunity to move outside their well-worn groove. Happily, it's possible to see the world without blowing your budget, if you know the best time to go.
We did our homework and compiled the high and low seasons for 70 of the most popular travel destinations worldwide. If you're not yet a seasoned globetrotter, we've also provided a bit of information about each, so you'll know why you should go, in addition to when.
Tips: Once you've decided on your vacation destination, check out our "Best Time To Buy Guide for 101 Products and Services" to find the best deals on travel supplies. You'll also want to check out the U.S. Department of State's safety and legal information before traveling to foreign destinations.
1. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Costly: January to Aprilâ€‹
Less Expensive: May and September
Spectacular modern architecture sits cheek by jowl with outdoor markets that take you back to long-gone centuries. All told, the second largest of the emirates offers something for everyone, and at every price and for every season. Haggle for bargains at the local "souk" markets; enjoy pristine beaches; tour the towering minarets of the many mosques; experience endless sand dunes in the south; and scale the stunning Hajar Mountain near the Oman border.
Abu Dhabi is perfect for both the experienced and novice traveler. English is commonly spoken, taxi transportation is less than $3 to the farthest reaches of the city, and the people are incredibly welcoming, as long as you're respectful of their customs.
Summer weather is sweltering but May and September are temperate times without the crowds. Inexpensive taxi rides are available throughout the year, however, so don't be shy about visiting in summer when you can transfer easily from air-conditioned cabs to air-conditioned buildings.
For more details on the best time to go to Abu Dhabi, check out the emirate's tourism website.
Costly: May to July
Less Expensive: Mid-October to mid-November
Africa covers such a broad geographical territory -- touching the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans -- that its diverse climates make it difficult to select just one time to visit. While South Africa remains temperate year round, northern countries such as Egypt, Algeria and Morocco are known for their vast deserts. The more tropical countries in mid Africa are highly vegetated and team with wildlife, both in the mountains and plateau areas.
As a result, what you would like to do on your African adventure is more important than when you go. In general, African winter is considered the best time to take a safari, when vegetation won't obscure your view of wildlife. It's also the time when animals are on the move as they hunt for sparser water and food. While daytime temperatures are mild, evenings are much cooler.
While it's cheaper to visit northern Africa during the rainy season, the excess damp and water perpetually falling from the skies can limit outdoor basics for all but the hearty...and Africa is all about the great outdoors. Fortunately, some national parks and game reserves have good viewing all year round, even during the low season (from mid-October to mid-November), often depending on the migratory patterns of the animals. Summer is the best time for birdwatchers and botany fans.
Learn more at the Travel Africa website.
Costly: Mid-June to mid-Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: May and September
If you think of Alaska and your mind immediately conjures up freezing weather and dark skies, you obviously haven't yet visited our northernmost state. Summer features long and warm days with tons of sun and temps running in the 60s to 80s. That's perfect weather for camping, hiking, whale spotting and birdwatching.
If you enjoy cold weather, however, winter's six to 13 hours of sunlight per day allow time for dog sledding, skiing, snowshoeing and other winter sports. Before and after winter, hotels and tours and hotels offer shoulder-season discounts. Keep in mind that rains encroach as the summer progresses. By August, the chance of rain is roughly 50 percent. â€‹May is drier, with only a 25-percent chance of measurable rain on any given day.
TravelAlaska.com offers more details on when to visit our northernmost state.
4. Albuquerque, N.M.
Costly: May to August
Less Expensive: March to April and September to October
Most people think of Albuquerque as a snowbird haven, but a surprising number of tourists flock to the largest city in New Mexico during the summer months. Beat the high prices by visiting in October to view the world's largest hot-air balloon fiesta, featuring 700 balloons. The state fair runs for 17 days in September. Throughout the fall you'll see colorful cottonwood trees along the Rio Grand and can experience the chili pepper harvest.
Cooler temperatures in the spring make for great golfing combined with skiing in New Mexico's snow-covered mountains.
Visit the city's Convention and Visitors Bureau website for more information on when to go to Albuquerque.
5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Costly: April to Septemberâ€‹
Less Expensive: Late October to early March
They say the best time to visit Amsterdam is whenever you can. One of the most exciting and accessible cities in Europe, Amsterdam's weather is unpredictable, but that doesn't phase the Dutch, who pay no attention. In fact, Amsterdamians bike everywhere, on old clunkers and performance bikes, so there's no reason you should be intimidated by a bit of mist.
Visit in spring for the emergence of such flowers as tulips, crocuses and hyacinths. Visit in the fall and you can still enjoy all the indoor entertainments without all the bothersome crowds. Just bring an umbrella.
The official website of Holland has complete details on the best time to go to Amsterdam.
Costly: November to January
Less Expensive: February to March
November is the time to see Antarctica in its most undisturbed form. As the season goes on, however, the landing areas become impacted and muddy. Tourists flock to the peninsula in December and January, when sunlight lasts up to 20 hours a day and adorable penguins begin hatching. Tours typically are booked months in advance for this high season, but there's plenty of entertainment in the off season. February to early March is the best time to spot whales, though other wildlife may have already deserted land for the sea.
Antarctica is impenetrable in winter, from June to August, when polar ice blocks stop traffic and temperatures hold steady below zero.
Cool Antarctica can fill you in on all the details.
Costly: November to April
Less Expensive: June to September
This Caribbean island enjoys cooling trade winds that ensure the weather is perfect for the world famous sailing regattas. Many travelers flock to the beaches during the high season, but vacationers will find plenty of entertainment in the British West Indies any time of year. Travelers particularly come to the island to enjoy Sailing Week in late April, to revel during Carnival in July and August, and to relax on beaches in December.
The months of June through September are generally the least visited, but they're also the hottest time of the year. That shouldn't stop you from enjoying snorkeling, surfing, watersking, scuba diving and other cooling water sports.
According to Antigua-baruda.org, "The beach is just the beginning."
Costly: September to March
Less Expensive: April to August
The secret is out; inexpensive Argentina offers something for everyone, including climbing South America’s highest peak, walking the Patagonian steppe, and viewing the country's stunning waterfalls. Buenos Aires provides much entertainment for big-city lovers, including the opportunity to learn Spanish, watch big soccer games, dance the sexy tango and interact with the beautiful porteños (Buenos Aires locals).
Argentinian temperatures are mild in the high season, with the beaches and resort towns particularly packed with vacationing natives from December to March. Instead, plan a trip to Patagonia and the southern Andes in the low season between April and August, when days are longer and warmer.
The exceptions are June to August in Iguazú and the Northwest, when the rains and heat have subsided. August and October are also pleasant, as temperatures are mild and the crowds have dissipated.
Argentina's "turismo" online guide has specifics about every aspect of traveling to this South American destination.
Costly: July and Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: Late April to mid-June and September to October
The Greek capital offers everything from the magnificent Acropolis and Parthenon Temple to gradual gentrification and cosmopolitan modern art.
Despite the depressed economy, Athens is still surprisingly expensive, so hitting the shoulder season is even wiser than ever. Europeans, who vacation in July and August, flock to Athens and mainland Greece for month-long vacations. By September, the temps have cooled somewhat and you'll have more elbow room at the ruins. Late spring is divine as Americans haven't hit town yet and everything is up and running for the summer months.
Matt Barrett's Survival Guide is the place to go for insider information on Greece.
Costly: April to September
Less Expensive: October to March
From tropical to temperate to desert, Australia has it all. It's a country as big as your imagination, where you can lose yourself in a labyrinth of cultures, ranging from the prehistoric gorges of Kakadu National Park, to the white sails of the Sydney Opera House.
In general, October is still warm enough to hit the beach in Australia's southern states, yet it's cool enough to visit Ayers Rock. The humidity and rains haven't arrived in Cairns and the Top End. By October, temperatures have soared and Western Australia's wildflowers are in full bloom. You'll want to avoid the entire country from Dec. 26 to the end of January, when Aussies take their summer vacations.
Australia.com will provide you with all the details.
Costly: December to Marchâ€‹
Less Expensive: June to September
The islands just north of Cuba become a hustling, bustling myriad of vacationers in winter, all reveling in the beautiful weather and the Caribbean experience. Fortunately, the off-season is more true to the real Caribbean lifestyle. The throngs have departed and Caribbeans have settled into a less-hurried lifestyle. Mid-day temperatures from June to September may rise to an uncomfortable 85 to 90 degrees, but the Atlantic trade winds will blow the sweat off your body.
On the downside, hotels and resorts reduce their services and staff in the off season and some activities may be entirely closed. Still, it's a small price to pay for 20 to 60 percent discounts. You can barter your way to better deals in local shops and there's plenty of elbow room on the many golf courses. You can still enjoy tennis, water sports and other activities, with the added bonus of strolling into a restaurant without a reservation.
You'll also find a more cosmopolitan atmosphere in the Bahamas in July and August, as the islands open their arms to European tourists.
Explore the Islands of the Bahamas website for everything else you'll need to know.
12. Baliâ€‹, Indonesia
Costly: July and Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: June or late September
A trip to Bali and its neighboring islands is a great introduction to Asia. The interior includes mist-shrouded volcanoes and terraced, multi-hued hillsides, The coast is a swath of black-and-white-sand beaches, some quite wild and nearly deserted. The Balinese people are welcoming and deeply devoted to Hinduism. You'll find dramatic daily ceremonies and rituals played out in the open at the island's 20,000-plus temples.
Temperatures are at their coolest in July and August, when hotel rates are naturally at their highest. It's also the driest time of year, although there's a slight chance of rain all year round. Bali can also be quite busy for the Christmas and New Year holidays. However, this is also the middle of the rainy season, so it may be both wet and hot.
If you can travel off season, the best time to visit Bali is June or late September. The weather is still cool and dry but there are fewer crowds.
Now that you know when to go, Bali.com is a good place to start before planning your Indonesian vacation.
13. Bangkok, Thailand
Costly: Late November to mid-Januaryâ€‹
Less Expensive: February
Packed into the bigger and better Bangkok's concrete corridors are religious spectacle, intense consumerism and multi-flavored hedonism. A traditional culture sits slam next to a thoroughly up-to-date world.
Bangkok is hot and steamy almost all the time, so don't look for a temperate season. Those in the know say Thailand has three degrees: hot, very hot and unbearably hot.
The very best time to visit is late November to mid-January, during what the Thais call the cool season, but that's not nearly accurate by American standards. It's a tropical cool, still humid, but comfortable. You'll still need to bring warm clothes for air-conditioned interiors.
Avoid at all costs visiting from March until the rainy season begins in May, when it's hot enough to melt sidewalks. Instead, travel in February when accommodations and air travel are cheaper while crowds are sparse.
For more on Thailand's capital city, visit Bangkok-City.com.
14. Beijing, China
Costly: Chinese New Year, early October, early June and September
Less Expensive: Non-holiday periods
China's capital city and seat of the multi-tentacled Communist Party is one of the country's true ancient citadels. It's also a thoroughly modern metropolis wickets of tradition.
The biggest factor in your calculations on when to visit Beijing should be the movement of domestic tourists, who during the longer public holidays take to the road in the hundreds of millions. The locals flood transportation, fill hotels and turn out-of-the-way tourist sites into a fetid soup of humanity. Dates for major holidays change from year to year and include the Chinese New Year (late January to mid-February), Labor Day (early May), and National Day (early October).
Look for more details on the best time to go to Beijing, check out TravelChinaGuide.
Costly: December to Marchâ€‹
Less Expensive: June to August
Belize is a great starter destination for those just dipping their toes into the foreign travel pool. English is widely spoken, the weather is scrumptious and there's so much to do you'll have a hard time choosing your day's activities. This Central American country ranges from muggy jungle to cooling Caribbean waters. Major attractions include outstanding eco-tourism and the ruins of ancient civilizations.
Whether escaping harsh northern winters or seeking a summer break, this tropical haven offers everything a beginner can want.
Happily, tourists avoid Belize in the summer months, incorrectly expecting hot and muggy weather. Thus, you'll have the privacy and isolation you seek for a romantic getaway, environmental experience or adventure holiday. While summer is considered the rainy season, showers cool the air and are short in duration. Rates start falling in early May and remain slashed until November.
Belize's official travel website will fill you in on everything else you need to know before planning your trip.
16. Berlinâ€‹, Germany
Costly: May and Septemberâ€‹
Less Expensive: June to August
Much of Berlin's attraction is its nearly thousand years of civilization. Most people visit to learn more about the history of WWII, but there's a great deal more to do than visit Checkpoint Charley and the Berlin Wall. It's possible to see aspects of many different historic periods in the city center. Sites include everything from a few surviving medieval buildings to the ultramodern glass and steel structures built since the end of the Cold War. Berlin continues to modernize, as evidenced by the phalanx of construction cranes that surround the Brandenburg Gate.
Weather during the high season is pleasant and fairly predictable, but tourists from the U.S., Australia and Europe throng the city. For some reason, however, summer is fairly quiet as tourists flock to the glitzier portions of Europe. Museums and other attractions are open but the nightlife is a bit subdued.
Need more information? Visit the Berlin page of Wikitravel.
17. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Costly: June to August
Less Expensive: April and May
Bora Bora in French Polynesia is a South Pacific atoll of stunning beauty and excellent prices. One of the world's dream destinations, you'll find crystal-clear lagoons, hedonistic decadence, and jagged volcanic peaks.
Summer means hot weather and humid, rainy conditions. The weather is more comfortable in April and May than during the height of summer. The humidity isn't as prevalent, and the summer rains have dissipated. Best of all, as the crowds have not yet arrived, you'll enjoy uncrowded resorts, low season rates and an excellent chance of upgrades.
Want to know more? Check out the Bora Bora page of Tahiti Tourism North America.
18. Bostonâ€‹, Mass.
Costly: April to June and September to Octoberâ€‹
Less Expensive: January to March
Known as the Cradle of Liberty, Boston is a vacation destination year round. The eastern city features four centuries of history, traditional architure and world-renowned academic and cultural institutions.
Unfortunately, crowds and prices don't fluctuate much by season. The historic city does see more tourists, however, during peak autumn months when its many colleges are back in session and trees vibrate with color.
Spring also sees heightened activity, particularly during school-commencement season and the Boston Marathon. Summer sees the most tourists interested in outdoor activities, while winter peaks with cultural events. Winter weather can be cruel but most Bostonians flock to indoor activities, including the theater, museum exhibits, fine dining, and wine and food festivals.
Learn more about all Boston has to offer at CityOfBoston.gov.
Costly: Memorial Day to Labor Day
Less Expensive: September to December
Thanks to California's mild summer weather and fairly low humidity, Memorial Day to Labor Day is high tourist season from the top to bottom of the state. The exception is such desert areas as Palm Springs and Death Valley, where steaming temperatures drive away all but the hardiest frugal travelers.
Happily, prices drop dramatically in the fall and winter, with autumn being a particularly good time to travel. Crowds drop off, low-season rates kick in, and winter rains have yet to plague parts of the state.
California's Travel and Tourism Board provides further information at VisitCalifornia.com.
20. Cancun, Mexico
Costly: January to March
Less Expensive: April to early December
The high-gloss charm of Cancun features swashbuckling pirates, Maya dancers and beer-soaked spring breakers from the U.S. This party city is blessed with white-sand beaches and turquoise waters that rival Acapulco.
Cancun's year-long sunny weather makes it a sun bather's paradise. Naturally, winter draws teeming hordes of northern tourists, seeking to escape from the cold, which means high prices. Summers can be hot and wet, with hurricane season starting in June and lasting until November. The beginning of December and the month of April experience comfortable weather, making it a pleasant and less expensive time to visit. Avoid spring break in March, however, as vacationing students take over from families and couples.
Visit the Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau site for all your travel needs.
21. â€‹Caribbeanâ€‹ Islands
Costly: December to mid-April
Less Expensive: Fall or late spring
The Caribbean is much more than beach umbrellas and froo-froo drinks. Outside these cliche pleasures you'll find a history built on piracy, slavery and Rastafarians, The islands pleasures range from high peaks to beyond-green forests.
Located just North of Cuba, the Caribbean Islands are most heavily visited from December through mid-April, as travelers flee the chilly northern weather for sunny skies, warm temperatures white-sand beaches. For the best rates, visit in the late spring or summer months. Better yet, check out the Caribbean in September and October.
The best budget islands to visit include the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Aruba. â€‹
22. Chicagoâ€‹, Illinois
Costly: June, summer and fallâ€‹
Less Expensive: Spring
There's a good reason Chicago is known as the windy city. Winters can be brutal but much of Chicago's entertainment is found indoors, including music, theater and one of the country's best art museums.
Spring weather is very unpredictable (more unpredictable than the very changeable weather of other seasons) but can be a good period if you're looking for cheap accommodation and indoor experiences.
ChooseChicago can fill you in on everything else you'd like to know.
Costly: Any time there's snow in the mountainsâ€‹
Less Expensive: All other times
People think snow is synonymous with Colorado, but there's so much more to do in the Rocky Mountain Region than snowboarding and skiing. Colorado is a mecca for all outdoor enthusiasts, particularly bikers and hikers. Denver has many cultural entertainments to offer, with a beautiful vista and right-sized prices. So instead of spending a fortune on lift tickets ($200 at some resorts for one day), visit the home state of FreeShipping.org during our milder weather. The extended fall season is a particular treat!
Visit Colorado.com for more about this land of scenic wonders.
24. Dallasâ€‹, Texas
Costly: March to April and September to October
Less Expensive: May to early August
Conventioneers and festival goers flock to Dallas in the spring and autumn but summer is just too hot and humid for much more than visiting the south coast or the lakes and river areas of the Hill Country. Still, you can enjoy the out-sized city by planning outdoor events on summer mornings to avoid heat exhaustion. Visit indoor museums and other attractions in the afternoon. The main characteristic of winter weather in Dallas is its unpredictability, so pack shorts and something warm, in case there’s a light snowfall. It's wise to pack a light jacket or sweater any time of year as air conditioning can be overwhelming.
Keep in mind that football season kicks off in August and die-hard Cowboys fans converge on the city, driving up airfare and hotel prices. Football season comes to a close in December, so things quiet down after the new year and there are great hotel deals available.
VisitDallas has lots more information for vacationers who want to "Think Big!"
25. Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif.
Costly: Late June to Labor Day, spring break and two weeks prior to Christmas
Less Expensive: Everything else
Home to the world's most bountiful mouse, Disneyland wons the hearts and minds of America's children from its opening in 1955. But Disneyland isn't "The Happiest Place on Earth" when you're stuck in mile-long lines during the high seasons.
If you don't have the patience for endlessly shifting your weight while standing in one place, avoid the period beginning in late June and ending Labor Day; Spring break; and Christmas (a two week period beginning the week before Christmas, ending New Years Day). Off-season is every other time of year.
The official Disneyland website is your one-stop shop for this resort.
26. Disney World, Orlando, Fla.
Costly: Summers and holidays
Less Expensive: Early November
The best time to go to the Magic Kingdom is the first two weeks of November. The crowds shrink and the weather is warm enough for shorts and swimming, but not so hot you melt while standing in (shorter) line. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are particularly attractive, with Disney World decorated for Christmas and Mickey and friends attired for the holidays.
The operating hours are shorter during slower times, so you may not have access to some entertainments. Evening shows usually aren't running, including the Fantasmic! and fireworks. Many times, though, the entertainment will be in full swing during longer weekend hours, even during the off-season. Please note all holidays are busy, especially those with a three-day weekend.
Before you visit Magic Kingdom, learn more about the best time to go to Disneyland on their official website.
Less Expensive: Easter to mid-June, August to February
Let's face it; Everyone should visit Europe at least once. Whether you're a backpack-toting student or suitcase-wheeling senior, Europe is an endlessly fascinating destination.
Off-season travel is usually much more fun, as crowds are smaller, prices are lower, lines are shorter, and you can actually glimpse some Europeans between the masses of camera-laden tourists. Europeans take August off, so this is considered part of the low season, except for Paris when workers vacation in July. Some restaurants and shops close as residents head out of town for a month-long holiday, a tradition Americans should definitely adopt.
The off-seasons are particularly appropriate for independent travelers who prefer self-directed visits, rather than the tour-bus masses of high season.
Prepare for your never-ending journey to Europe with info from VisitEurope.
Costly: July and Decemberâ€‹
Less Expensive: April to June and September to November
Perpetually romantic â€‹France ranks among the most visited countries in the world, and with good reason. The food, wine, scenery and culture all combine to make France an addictive passion.
The best frugal times to visit are in the spring and fall, when the weather is still temperate and attractions are open to the public. August is also cheaper because the French take their holidays this month, however many shops and restaurants close their doors during this period. (The exception is Parisians, who take their vacations in July.) Southern France swelters in the summer months, except on the priciest Mediterranean coast, so you might want to stay north of Toulouse.
Hotels used to charge off-season rates during the cold, rainy period, from November to February. Lately, however, they're often packed with business travelers, trade fairs, and winter tour groups. On the other hand, airfares are still cheaper during these months and more promotions are available.
FranceGuide is the official website of the French Government Tourist Office and will provide you with many more details.
29. â€‹Galápagos Islands
Costly: Mid-June â€‹to early September and mid-December to mid-Januaryâ€‹
Less Expensive: January to May
There's never a bad time to visit the Galápagos. The off season is the warmest time of year and receives slightly more rainfall. The sea is calm and warm for water sports, when you get tired of looking at turtles and dragons. Although the islands receive more rain from January to May, the lower elevations are resplendent with blue skies and sunshine, with only an occasional haze.
It's nearly impossible to book a good deal during the high season, but you'll find frugal opportunities and smaller crowds â€‹later in the year.
Learn more at GalapagosIslands.
Costly: July and Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: Late April to mid-June and mid-September to mid-October
What is it about Greece that lures travelers from around the globe? Perhaps it's the southern European country's ancient culture, island retreats and divine food. Or maybe it's just because we've watched too many movies about this perpetually fascinating land.
Because of this popularity, finding deals can be difficult. You'll particularly want to avoid traveling in July and August, when crowds from Europe overwhelm facilities during their month-long vacations. In overcrowded southern Greece and the islands, midday temperatures are too high for much except beach and water activities. By mid-September to October, temps begin to fall and crowds thin, but it can still be hot. By late October, however, ferry service and flights are cut back and most island facilities begin to close for the winter. On the other hand, the cooler fall atmosphere makes Athens and the mainland all the more pleasant.
You'll find more details at the official tourism and travel website for Greece.
Costly: Mid-December to mid-Aprilâ€‹
Less Expensive: April, May, September, October and sometimes November
Cue the "Hawaii Five-0 theme;" It's time for an awesome surfboard ride. Watch lei-draped beauties dance the hula while a breeze ruffles the palm trees. Hike sculpted cliffs or bask on a beach. Dive coral-reef cities and rink mai tais with umbrellas. It's all here.
The official rainy season is from November to March, but that term is relative. â€‹It rains every day somewhere on every island every day of the year. Rain is really more of a sprinkle than a downpour, which is what makes the islands so lush. Schedule your vacation during the low season and you won't regret it.
GoHawaii has a wealth of information on the Hawaiian Islands.
32. Hong Kong
Costly: September to February
Less Expensive: December and May to August
Hong Kong can be overwhelming to the first-time traveler. This teeming city may nudge you out of your comfort zone, but it's a delight in so many ways. The food, the shopping, the harbor, the views, the parks and that stunning peak will draw you back for repeated visits.
Hong Kong is an all-year-round destination, which means "low season" is a relative term. The most popular time to visit is from the middle of September to the end of February, when the weather is cooler. From mid-December to February, the temperature may fall to 50 degrees, while May to mid-September are the warmest months.
DiscoverHongKong contains a wealth of information on Asia's World City.
Costly: July and Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: April to June and September to October
If you're in the mood for 30 shades of green there's no place like Ireland. Despite a plague of development, there's still plenty of lake, mountain and sea scenery to take your breath away. From the wind-lashed wilderness of Donegal to the cunning harbor villages of County Cork, there's plenty of beauty to go around. Cultural pleasures also abound in the land of William Butler Yates, James Joyce and U2.
The Emerald Isle is known for its rain, so you can expect a certain amount of damp at any time of the year. The weather is likely to be at least as good in May, June and September as in the summer months and hotels are less busy. Spring flowers are at their best in April and May, and October offers a frugal fan's choice of free arts festivals.
Winter days have their own sort of atmosphere, but darkness falls early, and many attractions and hotels are closed in high-tourist areas. It also may be too cold to swim in winter, but you can enjoy fairly solitary long walks on magnificent beaches.
Discover Ireland via DiscoverIreland and go where the Emerald Isle takes you.
Costly: March to June, October to Novemberâ€‹ and high holidaysâ€‹
Less Expensive: January to March
From Moses to Manhattanites, everyone has dreamed of visiting Israel (during its safer periods, that is). While fewer prophets seem to pop up these days, there's still an abundance of attractions to lure Americans. The country's religious history is obvious, but Jerusalem and it's surrounding lands are seas of contradictions, featuring the beaches of Eilat, Mount Masada and the Negev desert.
Israel has two main seasons. Winter, from November to March, is cold and rainy throughout the country. Summer, from April to October, is hot and dry. The desert areas can be scorching hot in summer time. Thus, the best time to visit is March to June or October to November. Weather, however, shouldn't be a major consideration in scheduling your trip. There are other factors you need to consider. For example, September and October are the busiest months in the Jewish calendar, thanks to Yom Kippur and the Jewish New Year, known as Rosh Hashana. April is also busy with Passover.
Visit GoIsrael before you plan your trip to learn more.
Costly: Early Spring and Autumn
Less Expensive: November and March
Sensual pleasures abound in this sun-soaked country. Florence, Venice and Rome all abound in art and architecture, but killer food and wine can be an even bigger attraction for some. Skiing the Alps, hiking the Dolomites or diving off Sardinia's golden coast attract adrenaline junkies, but Italy is really all about idling over an expresso and lingering over lunch.
Like most of Western Europe, early spring and autumn are the best times to visit and travel around Italy. Northern Italy, which includes Milan, Bologna, Verona and Venice, is a sight to behold in spring, but the winters are mild with only an occasional foggy day. Summers are hot and humid, but sea breezes often make it inland to cool things down. Venice is often wrapped in a winter that hovers over the city to create an atmosphere of suspense and mystery (and you can't beat the architecture for atmosphere).
September in Southern Italy is warm and dry weather with far fewer crowds. The typical Mediterranean climate is nearly always sunnier than northern Italy. July and August can be unpleasantly hot and humid, but that makes it a good time to head to the coast, mountains and forests.
The Agenzia Nazionale Del Turismo (even the name sounds romantic) has a great website filled with all the details you'll need to know before you go.
36. â€‹Las Vegas, Nev.
Costly: September to June
Less Expensive: July and August
You don't have to gamble to love Vegas, although it certainly helps. Airfare is cheap year round, buffets are unreasonably inexpensive and drinks are cheap. Best bang for the buck: Reinventing yourself every time you visit.
The cheapest time to visit Las Vegas is during its relatively small off season. Hotel prices drop as thermometers rise, making the months of July and August ripe for better deals. The same goes for January and February, since Christmas and New Year's are two of the city's biggest draws and tourists drop off after the holidays. It's also no coincidence that the cheapest time to visit Las Vegas is smack dab in the middle of its most inclement weather.
What happens in Vegas is explained in detail on VisitLasVegas.com.
37. London, England
Costly: June to August
Less Expensive: Late Septemberâ€‹ and January
Truly one of the best things about London isn't the London Tower, the Tate museums or Buckingham Palace; It's the underground. (Mind the gap!) It's possible to get just about anywhere in London using this excellent subway system, despite the many complaints of London residents. The underground also allows you to avoid the elements, making anytime a good time to visit this happening city.
England's capital is at its best in the last two weeks of September, but there's actually plenty to do and see the year round. The weather patterns have been shifting over the past few years, moving summer later and later in the year. That can sometimes mean no summer at all.
Traditionally, January is often a pleasant month as it's neither too cold or wet. However, Atlantic gales blow in at the end of the month. Shoppers will enjoy January as stores offer their best sales of the year. Theaters and concert halls are also getting back to normal after the Christmas rush, so it's easier to get tickets to all shows. Tip: Line up early at theaters on show days for reserved, low-price tickets in excellent seats.
There's so much to do in England's largest city you'll want to check with VisitLondon before planning your visit.
38. Los Angeles, Calif.
Costly: January to Marchâ€‹
Less Expensive: Summer
The City of Angels is usually much warmer than the Bay Area, and it gets significantly more sun. Even in winter, daytime temperatures regularly reach the 60s or better and summers are comfortable. The area's limited rainfall is generally seen between December and mid-April, but it's rarely more than a slight inconvenience. It's possible to sunbathe throughout the year, but only die-hard enthusiasts and wet-suited surfers venture into the ocean in winter. The water is warmest in summer and fall, but the Pacific is just too chilly for water adventures.
Conventioneers hit L.A. in the winter, so hotel and airline prices hit their peak beginning in January.
The L.A. Convention and Visitors Bureau offers full travel details at DiscoverLosAngeles.
39. Machu Picchu, Peru
Costly: June to Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: May, September and October
The lost Incan city is the best-known archaeological site on the South American continent. This stunning ancient city was never known to the conquering Spanish and remained forgotten until the early 1900s. Despite the more than 2,500 gawkers that tour the site daily, Machu Picchu is well worth the visit.
Determining the best time to visit this New Wonder of the World â€‹will depend on many factors, including the weather and even the time of day.â€‹ The busy season runs from June to August, but the weather is generally mild from May through October, making these months excellent times to visit.
Destination Machu Picchu provides more information as well as 360-degree views of the city's finest features.
Costly: Mid-October to Aprilâ€‹
Less Expensive: May to mid-October
Mexico has two main climactic seasons: Rain from May to mid-October and dry from mid-October to April. During the dry season, Mexico's beaches enjoy sun-drenched and mild winters, which attracts bone-chilled northern tourists. (Due to unsafe conditions, we recommend avoiding Mexico City for the foreseeable future.)
The rainy season is fairly damp in the country's dry, northern region; but the southern regions typically receive heavy tropical showers in the afternoon, which cool the air for the evenings. Rainy season is when the landscape is most lush, and tropical flowers are everywhere. Offshore lightening storms are an added bonus.
Everything you want to know about Mexico can be found at Mexico-Travel.com.
41. Miami, Florida
Costly: December to Marchâ€‹
Less Expensive: April to May and November
Cosmopolitan Miami offers stellar beaches, a throbbing nightlife, diverse entertainments and Latin American flavor. Miami is a gateway to the Everglades, the Keys Islands and popular spring-break-site Fort Lauderdale.
Temperatures are high and agreeable in winter, but not too warm. Thus, winter is the busy season, with diverse activities and events available. June to October is hurricane season, which becomes more severe every year. Avoid forced evacuations by traveling outside the high season and hurricane season, when prices are lower and tourists have already evacuated the region.
Find a more in-depth look at Miami on VisitFlorida.com.
42. Moscow, Russia
Less Expensive: Mid-May to June
Moscow is an out-sized city of billionaires, high-priced coffee and the most colossal building in the world. It's also the most expensive and, perhaps, unfriendly city in the world.
It's common knowledge that winter is not the best time to visit Moscow, but fall and early spring can be equally treacherous, featuring cloudy, cold, rainy and messy weather. On the other hand, you can find good deals for winter travel and still enjoy your visit, as long as you dress appropriately. Most buildings are kept warm throughout the year, so dress in layers.
The best of a Moscow spring is mid- to late May, when flowers are in full bloom and Moscow residents start shedding their winter wear. Prices are still low in Moscow for tourists, but they start edging up closer to summer.
You'll find much more information on Russia at WikiTravel.org.
Costly: July to Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: January to Februaryâ€‹; Spring and Fall
With four seasons and a calendar filled with festivals, Montreal can be an affordable and lively destination. Plus, it's a great way to immerse yourself in French without traveling overseas. Montreal fairly bubbles with Eurocharm, without expensive plane fare.
The most popular time to visit is during the summer high season, when the weather is warm and schools are out. During the cold winter months, Montreal offers outdoor activities like tobogganing, ice skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The least expensive and less crowded time to visit is during January or February. The spring and fall are pleasant times to visit for milder temperatures and fewer crowds.
Tourisme-Montreal.org has a French name but plenty of information about the city in English.
Costly: October and Novemberâ€‹
Less Expensive: December and mid-February
It's difficult to say which is more fascinating in this Himalayan country: the icy mountains or the steamy heat of the Indian plains Only in Nepal can you hike for weeks without needing a tent, view world-class architecture or enjoy the adrenaline-driven adventures of white-water rafting, kayaking or mountain biking.
October and November are considered the best times of the year and monsoons have ended and optimal weather prevails. The main Hindu festivals of Dashain and Tihar fall during these months, making this the busiest tourist season.
The tourist flow ebbs a little between December and mid-February, but starts swinging into tourist season again in mid-February. Monsoons strike again from June to early October, blanketing the entire day with clouds and rain. Still, the beauty of the Himalayas shrouded in clouds is a lovely sight.
LonelyPlanet has more information on Nepal and it's many attractions.
45. â€‹New England
Costly: Summer and Autumnâ€‹
Less Expensive: Winter
Well-manicured greens, white-clapboard churches and red-brick buildings are everywhere to be seen. But New England has big-city grit as well, featuring industrial and port cities across the region.
The most popular time to tour New England is June to August but nothing compares with the autumn foliage season, running September to October and sometimes November, depending on the amount of rain New England has experienced that year. Of course, skiers prefer the winter season.
DiscoverNewEngland.org is the official tourism site for these states.
46. â€‹New Orleansâ€‹, La.
Costly: February to May and October to Novemberâ€‹
Less Expensive: June to September
A trip to New Orleans isâ€‹ the closest you can get to visiting another country without leaving the U.S. An integral part of the city's charm is its festivals and Mardi Gras, in early to mid-February, is still the most popular. Christmas is a beautiful time to see the city as the streets are quiet and less crowded. Spring is perhaps the most pleasant season, with mild weather and colorful flora and fauna. If you can't stand the heat, stay away during the summer. The high humidity and extreme temperatures are difficult for some to handle, but it's also the hottest time for bargains on hotel rates.
In addition to Mardi Gras, unfrugal dates to visit include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (the last weekend in April and first weekend in May) as well as the Sugar Bowl in January. Still, everyone should experience Mardi Gras at least once.
NewOrleansCVB will help you know what it means to miss New Orleans.
47. New York, N.Y.
Costly: Mid-March to December
Less Expensive: January to early March
New York isn't just the city that never sleeps; It's the destination that has no true slow season. The constant influx of people visiting for business and entertainment makes it particularly difficult to find good deals. At the times of year when corporate travel tapers off, tourist travel picks up. And travel providers also have to prepare for the influx of international tourists during the extended holidays of other countries. Ultimately, the best time to visit is during the worst weather, from January to early March.
ILoveNY is the official state tourism website.
Costly: June to Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: November to March
To understand Norwegians you must first understand Norway’s stellar but severe natural environment. Ultimately, Norway and it's people are about the land, perhaps more so than any other Europeans. The country’s many national parks are magnificent examples of the Norwegians' desire to protect the environment as much as they're showpieces of Norway’s matchless landscapes and otherworldly grace.
Like other Scandinavian countries, Norway sees the most visitors during the summer, which experiences long periods of sunlight every day, up to 24 hours in the north. The dark winter months are the best time to see the Northern Lights, although this season is generally less busy. However, January through mid-April is a busy time for snow sports enthusiasts, particularly from Denmark, Sweden, and other European countries.
The official travel site in the U.S. is Norway.org.
49. Paris, France
Less Expensive: September to October
It such a cliche but few people don't love Paris...well, few women. Notre Dame, the Louvre and Orsay museums; cobblestone streets lined with haunting architecture; outdoor cafes that offer some of the best espresso and people watching in the world; food, food, food, wine, wine, wine, cheese, cheese, cheese. What's not to love, gentlemen?
"Paris in the springtime" is the obvious time to visit, although the weather at this time isn't really all that fantastic. (You just can't depend on songs for travel tips.) Depending on your budget, crowd tolerance and areas of interest, another time of year might better suit you.
For the money, Paris is at its best in the fall. The weather is variable and you may run into some cooler days (generally in the low 60s) but the crowds are smaller and you're more apt to find shoulder-season prices. Locals are rejuvenated and relaxed after their summer vacations, making them more relaxed, friendlier and willing to spend time on the care and feeding of tourists. (Just make sure you know the basics of French manners and a few rudimentary words: most importantly "merci.")
Even if you know exactly what you want to see in Paris, it can't hurt to visit the city's official tourism website.
Costly: Mid-December to mid-January and June to Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: Mid-January to May and September to mid-December
Deciding when to visit Peru can be difficult because the country covers three major geographic and climactic zones. It's split north to south by the Andes Mountains and the east is covered by the Amazon Jungle.
The country generally experiences two seasons: a wet season from November through March and a dry season from April through October. Most leisure travelers come to Peru from June through September, which is the best time for hiking the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu. The dry season is also the best time to visit the jungle. For visits to the coast, however, the best time is November through March, when the weather is hot and perfect for the beach. Peak demand is during the Christmas and Easter holidays and the city of Cuzco attracts many visitors for the week-long festivities of Inti Raymi in June.
Learn more at Peru.Info.
51. Philadelphiaâ€‹, Paâ€‹.
Costly: June to Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: December to February
The paths to understanding American history all converge in Philadelphia, considered our country's birthplace. The most popular time to visit is during the summer when child-friendly attractions are open and events are scheduled all over the city. The lines at these times, however, are tediously long.
While some tours close during fall, winter and spring, there's still plenty to see, including the excellent science, art and history museums.
VisitPhilly is your resource for all things in Philadephia, Pa.
52. Phoenixâ€‹, Ariz.
Costly: December to Marchâ€‹
Less Expensive: June to September
Phoenix is huge! How huge is it? It covers 2,000 square miles, making it easily the largest metropolis in the American Southwest. Why such urban sprawl? Perhaps it's the 300 days of sunshine each year, or maybe it's the major museums, top-notch professional sports, non-stop nightlife and good eats at a cornucopia of restaurants. Oh, and there's also lots of golf.
Phoenix's arid, dry climate make it a particular favorite of snowbirds in spring and winter, when the weather is pleasant and a variety of sporting events take place. The fall brings lower prices and comfortable weather, while the egg-on-a-sidewalk temperatures of summer deter most visitors. Take advantage of the smaller crowds at this time by visiting Northern Arizona's high country, where you can view the Grand Canyon, among other stunning scenery.
The Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau has a fairly comprehensive site for visitors.
53. Portland, Oregon
Costly: Mid-May to October
Less Expensive: January to March
Whether your suitcase holds hiking boots and binoculars or designer heels and little black dresses, you’ll find plenty of suitable destinations on the streets and trails of Portland.
The Pacific Northwest sees its fair share of rain, but the most popular time to visit is during the summer when braniacs take a break and outdoor festivals are everywhere. Winter is the least expensive time, with fewer crowds and more availability. Second cheapest are the spring and fall shoulder seasons, when the weather is cooler and schools are in session.
Portland.com has everything you need to know, whether you're a local or vacationer.
54. Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
Costly: Mid-November to Aprilâ€‹
Less Expensive: May to mid-July and September to mid-November
Whether you want to bike sail, kayak, swim with dolphins, whale watch or four-wheel it through back roads, there's plenty to do year round in this Mexican get-away. Visitors from all over the world come to Puerto Vallarta for its sub-tropical weather and sandy beaches. Naturally, winter and spring are the most popular time to visit, when travelers long to trade in winter coats for skimpy bathing suits.
Fall and early summer see the fewest visitors, due to the rains and hotter temperatures, but that doesn't deter many outdoor adventurers. And although July and August are also hot, many families come because the kids are out of school.
"Awaken Your Senses" with the official website of Puerto Vallarta.
55. San Diego, Calif.
Costly: June to Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: November to January
San Diego still has a resort feel, despite an ever-expanding population and mushrooming skyscrapers. What defines this South California city is the mildness of its weather, and the happy people that go with it.
San Diego is the U.S. haven for those who love temperate weather but the most popular time to visit for families is from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Still, spring and fall are beyond ridiculously beautiful. While winter brings a touch of rain and cloudy weather (what residents call a "winter storm"), lower prices and smaller crowds are the true prevailing wind.
SanDiego.gov is your online resource for this fabulous city.
56. San Francisco, Calif.
Costly: May to Octoberâ€‹
Less Expensive: November to April
As Mark Twain said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." While many tourists flock to the City by the Bay in summer months, it's wise to pack sweaters for combating the infamous fog and relatively chilly temperatures. Fall sees a healthy number of convention travelers but spring is less popular while prices are lower. If you must travel in summer, plan on spending some time a few miles inland, where it's likely to be clear and hot.
OnlyInSanFrancisco.com truly does detail everything unique about this city and its surrounding area.
57. San Lucaâ€‹, Italy
Less Expensive: Summer
Olive groves, cactus and pines surround this tiny and remote hilltop town in southern Italy. The climate is mild in the winter with hot, dry summers. The region is surrounded on three sides by the Mediterranean Sea: including the Ionian Sea, the Tyhrrenean and the Strait of Messina. That makes the water a major lure to the region's culture and cuisine.
San Luca is quite undeveloped, unspoiled and, happily, infrequently visited by tourists. This makes getting to San Luca difficult, but staying there is very inexpensive.
There's not a lot of unbiased information about this tiny village on the Internet, but you can learn more at its Wikipedia page.
58. Santa Fe, N.M.
Less Expensive: December and January
December is a particularly special time to visit this Southwestern city. The streets are lined with small, sand-filled bags lit with votive candles, and temperatures are warm enough for visitors to stroll around the candlelit streets. January is when some of the area's Native American pueblos open their doors to visitors and you can witness traditional holiday dances.
Winter in Sante Fe's ski areas can be pricey, so hikers will want to head up into the hills in spring and fall. Summer temps can be brutally hot, making it a less than desirable time for outdoor activities in the flatlands.
SantaFe.org is another CVB site with lots of detailed information.
Costly: June to Septemberâ€‹
Less Expensive: December to January, April to May, October to November
Scotland is much more than rain, chill bagpipes and kilts. The countryside is breathtaking, cosmopolitan cities offer plenty of culture, and Scotland plays host to many festivals and events.
Most tourists visit in the summer months, from June through September. Crowds thin out during the winter, particularly in December and January. The spring and fall can be an ideal time to visit for a mix of favorable weather, smaller crowds and lower prices.
The official site of Scotland's national tourism organization is found at VisitScotland.com.
60. Seattleâ€‹, Wash.
Costly: May to Octoberâ€‹
Less Expensive: November to April
Seattle is a vibrant, sophisticated metropolis surrounded by pristine natural beauty and abundant recreation. Some call it "metro-natural."
Seattle's wet climate may affect the winter months, but summers bring plenty of sunshine. The most popular time to visit is May through October, because of dry weather, conventions, cruise season, summer festivals, school breaks and outdoor adventures. Seattle is also less expensive during late fall and winter, but heavy rain and cooler temperatures should be expected. The spring brings less rain and warmer weather.
Take a virtual tour of this thriving metropolis and surrounding areas at Seattle.gov.
61. Shanghai, China
Costly: April to June and September to Novemberâ€‹
Less Expensive: July to August
Although overshadowed by its Olympian sister city Beijing, Shanghai's explosive economic growth has given it a flavor all its own. If you want to see where China is headed in the coming decade, start your vacation here and see for yourself. â€‹
Shanghai has a large population, which contributes to overwhelming crowds during events and holidays, like Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival. However, when the crowds are sparse, low prices are more prevalent.
Any trip to such exotic locals requires lots of research. You can learn more about the best time to visit Shanghai at TravelChinaGuide.com.
Costly: Mid-June to mid-Septemberâ€‹
Less Expensive: December to March
Sure Spain has bullfights, flamenco dancers and crowded beaches but the north resembles the rolling green hills of Ireland while the south provides a taste of Moroccan landscapes and architecture.
One of the warmest regions in Europe, Spain receives more than 3,000 hours of sunlight a year. Areas such as the Canary Islands enjoy sunny and mild weather all year long, while snow combined with sunshine is common in the Pyrenees and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges. Fewer tourists visit during the months of October through April, except during the Christmas holidays.
There are a wealth of websites about traveling to Spain, but Sabovea seems to be the best.
63. Saint Lucia
Costly: Mid-December to early Aprilâ€‹
Less Expensive: Mid-April to early December
St. Lucia, an island country in the eastern Caribbean Sea, enjoys a moderate, warm climate throughout the year. However, higher humidity and more rainfall is common from June through December while August receives the most rain with warmer temperatures.
Hurricane season runs from June through November but they rarely touch land. January through June is the driest and most temperate season with plenty of sunshine.
The island doesn't get very crowded, even in the peak of high season, from mid-December to early April. â€‹However, several annual events attract big crowds, including a jazz festival in early May; the infamous Carnival in June and July; the St. Lucia International Billfish Tournament in September; and a transatlantic yacht race in December.
StLucia.org is a comprehensive tourism guide to this Caribbean island, offering info on travel, accommodations, events, activities, and historical and cultural background.
64. Tahitiâ€‹, French Polynesia
Less Expensive: Fall
Tahiti is the highest, largest and most populous island in the Windward group of French Polynesia, located in the southern Pacific Ocean. Some may see it as an unattainable paradise, only to be visited in one's dreams, but great deals, smaller crowds and delectable weather can be had in fall's shoulder season. Formed by volcanic activity, the island is high and mountainous with surrounding coral reefs, making it an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts.
Visit Tahiti-Tourism for more information on where and when to go to Tahiti.
Costly: November to Mayâ€‹
Less Expensive: July to September and June to October
Often referred to as a golden land, Thailand has a certain luster from its fertile rice fields to sandy beaches. The people are friendly and the prices are right.
The former Siam has a tropical climate that makes it a popular warm destination year-round. Bordered in Southeast Asia by Burma and Laos, Thailand is heavily visited by Europeans from February to May, when it experiences some of the best weather. June to October is the rainy season, which means fewer tourists but, happily, the country experiences only two or three hours of precipitation per day with plenty of heat and sunshine the rest of the day.
The TourismThailand.org website will help you plan your visit from start to finish.
Costly: May to September
Less Expensive: April and October
Tucked behind India, Nepal and the majestic Himalayas, Tibet is the highest and largest plateau on earth. There are many reasons to visit the "Roof of the World, including its people, animals, culture and breathtaking scenery. Sports addicts will enjoy bike riding or a trek up to the Mount Everest base camp.
Generally speaking, the best time to travel Tibet is between April and October, and peak season is from May to September. The best months are May, June, September or October as July and August are rainy months. However, if you're only planning several days in and around Lhasa, getting there by air is fairly easy from April to October.
The Tibet Travel Expert offers a wealth of information about this fascinating land.
67. Toronto, Ontario
Costly: June to Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: Late November to January
One of the southernmost cities in Canada, Toronto experiences a milder climate than much of the country and remains vibrant and active year-round.
The most popular time to visit is the summer, when the weather is warm and festivals flourish. Fall in Toronto offers comfortable temperatures and colorful foliage, while spring brings mild weather and blooming flowers. The least popular time to visit is the winter, when cooler weather and snow are common, but lower prices make it a more attractive time to visit. Plus, the city's excellent subway system makes travel relatively easy during the chillier months.
Learn more about what to do and when to go to Toronto at SeeTorontoNow.com.
Less Expensive: April to mid-June and Mid-September to October
Tourists are just beginning to discover Turkey, which means you'll likely find fairly inexpensive in-country rates. However, it's conceivable that Turkey's relatively undiscovered status will be fleeting.
Turkey's Turquoise Coast, a stunning 1,000-mile shoreline, offers many excellent bargains for a region that rivals its Mediterranean neighbors both in beauty and history. The most interesting part of the coast lies between the cities of Antalya and Dalaman, which can easily be reached during the summer months by bus or air via Istanbul.
April to mid-June is the best time for frugal visitors because the weather is moderate throughout the country, the days are long, and the tourist rush hasn't started. Autumn is second best, thanks mostly to mild weather, but the days are shorter and rain begins in October.
TourismTurkey.org is the official site of the country's Ministry of Tourism and includes an excellent virtual tour.
69. Vancouver, B.C.
Costly: June to Augustâ€‹
Less Expensive: September to March and April to May
This thriving and cosmopolitan coastal city is located in the lower mainland of British Columbia. Vancouver experiences four temperate seasons, with few fluctuations in weather. That makes summer the most popular time to visit, when there's less rain and a large selection of outdoor activities and events.
Autumn brings changing leaves and cooler temperatures. The spring has pleasant weather for skiing and golfing. Winters can be mild and wet, but January and February are ideal times to save money and avoid crowds.
Visit TourismVancouver for more information on hotels, attractions and things to do in Vancouver.
70. Washington, D.C.
Costly: March to mid-June and mid-September to early November
Less Expensive: September and February
As a general rule, plan to spend more on visits during the business week, as well as on weekends in spring and fall when the weather is nicest.
D.C. is a popular place to visit from mid-March through mid-June, and again from mid-September through early November. Visitors will find the highest hotel occupancy rates during these months. The hot, humid days of July and August and chilly January are D.C.'s low seasons. The Cherry Blossom Festival keeps things hopping in April and Memorial Day and July 4th see increased traffic, thanks to Washington's status as the U.S. capital.
There's so much to see in D.C. you'll need to visit Washington.org for all the details.
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