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Best Times to Visit New York City

The best time to visit New York is anytime. Each season in Gotham offers visitors plenty of reasons to visit. Early fall offers crisp breezes, bright sun and comfortable temperatures while late fall and winter make merry with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and holiday decorations. Deep winter – January and February – is cold, but that also means better hotel rates. Spring is glorious and New Yorkers celebrate the thaw by taking to the streets, shopping at outdoor markets, frolicking in Central Park and dining outside. Summer is hot, but hey, so are lots of places, and at least this is New York.

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If you don't mind steep hotel rates, arrive in the Big Apple in the early fall when average high temperatures hover in the 60s and 70s. If you book your vacation in November, you could pounce on some sweet hotel deals. But steer clear of city around Thanksgiving, when visitors flood NYC for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. And November also ushers in lower temperatures, so be sure to pack a coat.

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From Rockefeller Center's massive tree to the dressed-up windows along Fifth Avenue, there's nothing quite like Christmas in New York. The hotel prices are pretty awe-inspiring too, and by that, we mean they're skyscraper high. Skip the holidays and visit in late January or February: You'll have to endure temperatures in the 20s and 30s, but you're sure to save on a hotel.  

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Spring ushers in warmer weather – high average temperatures range from the upper 40s in March to the upper 60s in May. This is another beautiful time in New York, but make sure to pack some rain boots and an umbrella. Showers are very common.

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The hottest season in New York, summertime is also a hugely popular time to visit, especially among families whose kids are out of school. Hotel prices remain pretty steady, but the humidity gets heavier and heavier. Wear some cool clothes for sticky days that skim 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

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