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When is the best time to visit New England?

New England experiences four distinct seasons over the year, each one bringing its own touch to the region.

The summer months are ideal for a family trip, and we also recommend visiting either side during New England’s spring or autumn. The thawing spring temperatures bring wildflowers and baseball, when Boston’s Fenway Park, opens. Many beaches also open for the season. From June to August, you can expect temperatures exceeding 30°C, ideal for sailing and island hopping in Cape Cod. Inland, in the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire, the New England fall blankets the landscape in rich, warm tones as the leaves change. September and October are harvest time, when farms produce apple cider. These months also offer the best whale watching off the Massachusetts coast.

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New England is known for its firework display of fall foliage, but I tend toward the often-overlooked explosion of wildflowers in the mountains in June. This green backdrop combined with the warm temperatures makes the month my ideal time to travel.

Molly, Italy Specialist

New England Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Bar Harbor -1°C 110mm 0°C 95mm 5°C 103mm 11°C 107mm 17°C 103mm 23°C 83mm 26°C 81mm 25°C 76mm 20°C 100mm 15°C 106mm 8°C 141mm 2°C 132mm
Boston 2°C 96mm 3°C 93mm 8°C 100mm 14°C 95mm 20°C 89mm 25°C 83mm 28°C 79mm 27°C 89mm 23°C 88mm 17°C 90mm 11°C 113mm 4°C 105mm
Falmouth 3°C 99mm 4°C 97mm 7°C 105mm 12°C 105mm 18°C 96mm 23°C 79mm 26°C 76mm 26°C 101mm 22°C 90mm 17°C 92mm 11°C 118mm 6°C 113mm
Martha's Vineyard 3°C 99mm 4°C 95mm 7°C 104mm 12°C 103mm 17°C 96mm 23°C 79mm 26°C 75mm 26°C 99mm 22°C 89mm 17°C 91mm 12°C 115mm 6°C 112mm
Newport, Rhode Island 3°C 98mm 4°C 94mm 8°C 107mm 13°C 103mm 18°C 92mm 23°C 78mm 27°C 76mm 26°C 95mm 23°C 89mm 17°C 86mm 12°C 116mm 6°C 112mm
North Conway -2°C 85mm 0°C 84mm 5°C 90mm 12°C 100mm 20°C 100mm 25°C 100mm 27°C 97mm 26°C 101mm 21°C 86mm 15°C 101mm 7°C 120mm 0°C 111mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in New England

Winter in Vermont

Visiting New England in January - March

The harsh winter months see many coastal resorts shut down entirely, but the mountainous areas of New England attract visitors with a host of winter sports. Vermont is the best-known state for skiing and is home to a wide variety of resorts, from the powdery snow of Jay Peak to the family-friendly Okemo Mountain. New Hampshire also draws in many East Coast skiers.

Events & Festivals

  • Saint Patrick’s Day on 17th March is a public holiday that can take over Boston — some 20% of its residents claim Irish heritage. A parade is the focal point of the celebrations.

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