Temperatures are cooler in northern New
England (Vermont, New
than in the south (Massachusetts, Connecticut,
Island), and even cooler at higher
elevations than along
Spring and summer arrive
earlier in the south, autumn and winter in
New Year's Day and
Martin Luther King Day, January
is quiet—but not the ski
Ski areas are packed on Presidents'
as are flights to warmer destinations.
Last big snows, lots of skiing,
then "mud time" and
tapping maple trees of sap to make
Patriots' Day, Easter (many years) and
universities' "spring break" are important
as the weather warms and blossoms appear. More...
Many seasonal tourist
services open for business, the weather gets milder
(but always unpredictable) and
Memorial Day signals the
official start of the
summer tourism season.
Days are long, school is still in session,
so New England's attractions are uncrowded until
late June. Weather is mild. Good month
Independence Day (July
4th) sees the tourist season in full swing.
Prices climb to their highest and
reservations are necessary for many
The height of the tourism season continues through August to Labor
end of the summer vacation season,
though most attractions are open through
September. Good time to visit!
Foliage season begins.
New England's glory: fall
foliage season at its best, culminating
Day. Every inn, motel and B&B
room in the countryside is reserved well
advance. The last day of the month is
Many inns and seasonal attractions close after
Day (mid-Oct), so November is
a slow month for travel. The
the ski crowds
to arrive. With luck, we
may get Indian summer. Then, Thanksgiving is
travel holiday of the entire
open. Early December
is slow (and cheap) for travel, but mid-month
the "holiday season" begins
and it's frantic through New
Year's Day. More...