Eastern USA travel guide

Where to go, what to see: your East Coast travel guide

Why visit the East Coast?

There is nothing quite like the charm and beauty of the historic eastern United States. It is a land steeped in culture, American history, beautiful colours and adventure. Between New England, New York, Washington DC, Cape Cod, Boston, or Martha’s Vineyard, the Atlantic Coast states offer a wide variety of sights and activities, and caters to history buffs, shopaholics, foodies and nature lovers.

New England, one of the first English settlements in North America, contains some of the most profound beauty and culture found in the US. Take in lovely New Hampshire and Vermont travelling to North Conway in the heart of the White Mountains. Tour West Point Military Academy, located in New York’s stunning Hudson Valley, to hear stories of cadet life, the important role West Point played in the American Revolution, and famous graduates who shaped the nation. And in autumn, this part of the USA comes into its own when the trees turn crimson and orange - seeing New England in the Fall should be on everyone's bucket list.

Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard offer some of the most glorious beach scenes and holiday spots in the country. Bar Harbor, a popular resort, is the gateway to the beautiful landscapes of Acadia National Park and home to waterfront galleries, gift shops, boutiques and award-winning microbreweries. And don't miss Newport with the ultimate experience of luxury and opulence on a visit to Cornelius Vanderbilt’s magnificent home – The Breakers.

The great New York City needs no introduction - it has some of the most amazing dining, entertainment, and sightseeing in the world. Walk around Times Square and Greenwich Village, cruise Manhattan harbour and go to Chinatown for a taste of authentic New York culture. Neighbouring New York, Philadelphia is another destination for history buffs as it was the birthplace of the Nation. It holds the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were conceived and carried out. It is an essential place of history pride for the United States of America.


Weather and climate on the East Coast

When is the best time to visit Eastern USA?

The East Coast is stretches far enough to have its own distinct climates, so differs from north to south. The winter months are snowy in the north and mild in the south, while the summer months bring warm days to the north and long, hot spells to the south. One of the best times to travel to the East Coast is autumn (‘fall’), when thousands flock to New England and New York to see the blazing leaf colour that permeates the parks, forests and National Parks.

When travelling to the eastern United States, please keep in mind that the temperature can vary greatly between destinations. On average, the farther north you travel, the cooler it gets. Coastal cities like Washington DC, New York, and Boston have a tendency to be humid during the summer months. The humid air dissipates the further inland you travel. We recommend checking the local weather in each of your destinations prior to travelling to ensure you are adequately prepared for the conditions.

To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures for Eastern United States.

 

 

 

 

 Bar Harbor

 Philadelphia

 New York City

 January

 -10/-1°C

 -3/7°C

 -3/4°C

 February

 -8/2°C

 -3/8°C

 -3/4°C

 March

 -4/6°C

 1/13°C

 1/9°C

 April

 2/12°C

 6/19°C

 7/16°C

 May

 7/18°C

 11/24°C

 12/22°C

 June

 12/23°C

 17/29°C

 12/27°C

 July

 15/26°C

 21/32°C

 20/29°C

 August

 15/26°C

 19/31°C

 19/28°C

 September

 11/22°C

 16/27°C

 16/25°C

 October

 6/15°C

 9/21°C

 11/19°C

 November

 1/9°C

 4/14°C

 5/12°C

 December

 -6/3°C

 -1/8°C

 -1/5°C

 


Holidays in Eastern USA

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