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Best Time to Visit NYC, New York City Weather

  1. By Kevin
  2. On Jul 18, 2017
  3. North America
  4. Travel Tips

What about the New York city weather? Which season is the best time to visit NYC? No state in America can claim the degree of contrasts that you find in New York. There’s New York City, of course, which pulses with both density and intensity. Then there’s the rest of the Empire State (mostly referred to as “upstate” by folks in the Big Apple), which dwarfs the city in size and sprawls with beautiful countryside, small towns, mountains and wonders such as Niagara Falls. When you visit New York, you can be hailing a cab on Fifth Avenue in the morning, and be at a pastoral winery in Hudson River Valley or stepping onto the sand in the Hamptons by lunch.

New York travel options are filled with bucket-list destinations, from the Broadway theatres in Times Square to visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown or skating on Olympic ice in Lake Placid. Read on in this New York travel guide to chart your course through the Empire State:

Times Square
The 9/11 Memorial
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
The Catskills
Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains
The Finger Lakes
Hyde Park, home of FDR, in the Hudson Valley
The North Fork of Long Island

Year-round. Central Park is as beautiful in full bloom as it is blanketed in snow. Each season offers something just a bit different and equally worth seeing. January is the coolest month with an average temperature of 36°F (2.2°C). July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 83°F (28.9°C). The peak times to travel to New York are the late spring and fall: In the spring, the mountains are awash in vibrant colors of budding flowers, while the classic “Autumn in New York” brings a mosaic of leaves in reds, oranges and gold. New York City can be stifling hot in the summer—but ideal for upstate New York travel options such as hiking, camping and canoeing in the Catskills, Adirondacks or the Finger Lakes.

Snag considerable deals on hotels—and experience NYC when it’s not packed to the brim! just after New Year’s and in summer. These seasons offer easy access to what would otherwise be crowded exhibitions, activities, and restaurants.