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When to visit New York

by SmarterTravel Staff

Everything from big city entertainment to the great outdoors is available in New York State. Upstate New York has the perfect weather for camping or hiking in the summer and skiing during the winter. Mild temperatures and a burst of golden colors add to the experience of fall. New York City can feel a little crowded and hot during the summer, with humidity levels and tourism rising during July and August.

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  • high season: June to August
  • low season: March to May
  • shoulder season: September to February

Weather Information

Extreme temperatures envelop New York City during July and August when humidity reaches nearly 90 percent. Close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean causes a long frost-free period, typically delaying snowstorms until December. Much of the rest of the state experiences mild and pleasant summers. Winters in upstate New York can be extreme, with heavy snowfall and ice that can last into mid-May.

Crowd Information

The summer high season has the highest number of visitors, especially in New York City.

Closure Information

Restaurants, hotels, and shops generally stay open year-round, though this varies by region. It is advisable to call ahead before making any concrete travel arrangements.

When to Save

New York City offers special incentive packages January through March, as well as during the summer.

When to Book

Last-minute deals are usually readily available in the spring, the late fall, and early winter, but book early if you're planning a vacation upstate during the summer months.

Information provided by New York State Department of Tourism.

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