Although you can plan to visit certain destinations in North America throughout the year, certain attractions are best enjoyed during specific seasons. While spontaneous trips to the continent might work out for some, many tourists may not enjoy their vacation due to extreme weather conditions or other hurdles. If you are planning to visit any North American countries, here are the top attractions and the best time to visit them:
November to March: Aurora borealis in the Yukon, Canada
The best time to see the Aurora Borealis in the Yukon, Canada, is during the winter. This is a year-round phenomenon, but the skies are too bright to see the lights. Between November and March, the skies are clear and at their darkest, making the lights more vivid to the human eye. While the ideal time to see these lights is between 10 pm to 2 am, consider confirming the duration with a guide.
March to November: Whale watching in Maui, Hawaii
If you love the open seas and whales, Maui in Hawaii is a great place to visit on your next trip. Consider planning your trip between March and November, as this is when the whales migrate south for the winter. You can sign up for activities and packages that include whale watching or underwater photo safaris.
March to May: Bear spotting at Yellowstone National Park
You can also choose from various tourist attractions in the country, including spotting bears as they emerge after hibernation at Yellowstone National Park. The region is inhabited by black bears and grizzly bears who might lurk around in spring during March, April, and May, before going right back to hibernating throughout the winter.
Winter months: Hike at the Grand Canyon, USA
If you are planning a hiking trip to the Grand Canyon, avoid scheduling it in July and August because of extremely high temperatures. The winter months are much more suitable, and the region has fewer tourists. You should also consider trekking with a group led by a trained professional.
Festival season in Mexico
There is nothing like visiting a country to experience its biggest festivals. Around the end of July, you can enjoy the Guelaguetza festival, celebrating folk music and dance. If you are around during the Christmas season, you could check out Oaxaca City’s yearly radish-carving competition, known as Noche de Los Rabanos (Night of the Radishes).
February to April: Visit Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland
Grenland receives thick snowfall for most of the year. However, you can find plenty of things to do there, like celebrating New Year overlooking the ice fjord. The ideal months to make this visit are between February to late April. You can also enjoy ice fishing and other sledding activities during your stay.