When to go to New York
Peak Season: May to OctoberNew York City’s summer temperatures can swelter, with highs reaching well into the 90s, while the rest of the state enjoys pleasant and long 70- to 80-degree days. September and October are glorious, with bright skies and fall foliage to rival New England, but without the sky-rocketing hotel rates.
Off Season: December to FebruaryWinter hits everywhere north of New York City hard, with average temperatures from 20-30 degrees, and some areas receiving more than 100 inches of snow. The ski resorts of Hunter, Whiteface and Gore mountains aren’t complaining, though.
Sweet Spot: November; March; AprilUpstate can be cold, wet and dark on the borders of winter, but New York City is a wonder in any season, especially when those exorbitant hotel rates dip a little.
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