It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.
When to go to Massachusetts
Peak Season: April to OctoberSpring and early autumn months offer cool breezes, fall foliage (peak season for leaf-peepers is early October) and an escape from humid, 80-degree summers and frigid winters. Summers find families taking advantage of school vacations to flock to the islands.
Off Season: early-December to MarchVisitors tend to keep their distance during the chilly, 30-degree winters. If you can bear the cold, winter holidays in New England are worth it for the classic, 19th-century charm (think Christmas trees, eggnog, and fields blanketed in snow).
Sweet Spot: November to early-DecemberAs long as you’re not looking for Technicolor leaf displays, late fall is a good time to grab a sweater and go – crowds disperse, lodging becomes more affordable, and the weather is still reasonable (temps average 50°F).
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