|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 3% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||January||Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 310||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 232||From Toronto to Orlando|
C$ 353 - C$ 804
24 - 34 °C
49 - 210 mm
Our neighbour to the south boasts an impressive array of tourist attractions. From big cities to small towns, wild and empty national parks to paradise islands and theme parks with mice and dizzying roller-coaster rides, it’s no wonder that Canadians travel to the States more often and in greater numbers that we do to anywhere else in the world.
New York is the original metropolis, heaven for shoppers. Los Angeles is home of Disneyland and Hollywood. San Francisco is the small, beautiful and liberal gay capital of the world. Las Vegas is where the world goes to gamble a few dollars and get married. Orlando, another of Mickey Mouse’s homes, is a firm family favourite. Snowbirds fly to Florida to escape the harsh Canadian winters, while snow lovers take to the States’ top ski resorts in Utah and Colorado.
Some of the more wacky ways to pass a few days in the US include chasing a storm through Twister Alley during peak tornado season, rolling up at the Hobo Convention in Iowa or visiting the Roswell Festival in New Mexico.
The flight time to the USA is going to vary based on several factors including the city of origin and the destination city. The USA is large and there are many international airports that could be visited depending on where you need to go. One of the most popular is Los Angeles International Airport. Flights from Vancouver to LAX will take 2h and 50m. If you are going to be travelling from Vancouver to New York’s JFK Airport, the fastest flight will be 7 h and 35 m. Keep in mind that the number of stopovers and the length of the stopovers will play a large role in flight time.
You will find that there are many different cities in Canada that have direct flights to the USA since the countries are neighbors. If you are going to be travelling from Vancouver to Los Angeles, as mentioned above, you can find a range of options from Delta, West Jet, Air Canada, American Airlines, and others that have direct flights. Those who are travelling from Vancouver to JFK can also find direct flights from Cathay Pacific Airlines. There are also plenty of one-stop options for those looking for USA flight deals.
Depending on where you will be travelling in the USA, there are different ways to travel. If you need to cross the country, you might want to look for domestic flights that could take you where you need to go. Many airlines, including Southwest, have domestic flights. There are also trains, such as Amtrak, that can take people around the country to various cities and destinations. Road tripping in a rented car can work, as well, and all major cities will have their own public transportation and taxi options.
Because the United States is such a large and diverse country, there are many things that you will be able to see and do when you visit. It will all depend on just where you decide to head on your vacation. Those who visit the West Coast might want to explore Los Angeles and Hollywood and visit places like Universal Studios, Griffith Park, Santa Monica Pier, and more. You might want to visit Yosemite National Park. You could head to Las Vegas to try your luck gambling, you could head to New York for the museums, Broadway, and the galleries, or maybe Miami for the nightlife There are always plenty of things to experience across the USA.
Canadian citizens who want to enter the USA and who are coming by air will need to have a passport or a NEXUS card to enter the USA. It is possible for you to visit the USA for pleasure for up to six months without needing to have a visa. The NEXUS card is available to law-abiding citizens of the United States or Canada, and it pre-screens the travellers to ensure they are low risk, making it easier for them to come into either country.
The US is a large country and the climate varies by region and time of year. It experiences four seasons, but some areas of the country see a more drastic change between seasons than others. The Pacific Northwest has cool summers and mild winters, while just to the south, the West Coast is sunny and pleasant all year long. The Midwest sees a bigger change between seasons, with strong summers and winters and frequent tornadoes and thunderstorms. The East Coast fluctuates and many people head down to Florida to get the warmest winters on that side of the country. Travelling in the off-season can save you a lot of money.
There is not really a bad time to visit the US, but New York is nicest in the spring and fall. May and June have the most comfortable hot weather. For visiting Los Angeles, August and September are the hottest months.
San Francisco is an all-year-round type of place with comfortable temperatures. Las Vegas is best experienced during spring and fall. Orlando is a family favorite. Its best months – July and August – coincide with school holidays, although temperatures can climb to 37 degrees Celsius.
New York’s winter can be harsh. January and February are the coolest and wettest months in Los Angeles. Likewise, San Francisco gets rain in the wintertime. Summer in Las Vegas can be unbearably hot and the winters surprisingly cold. In Orlando, September is the wettest month and between October and May temperatures can drop to 15 degrees Celsius.
Car is king in America, but there are dozens of low-cost airlines including Southwest, the granddaddy of all the discount carriers, JetBlue, AirTran and Spirit Airlines to name just a few.
Rent a car and take to the highway. The major car rental outfits all have a presence at most US airports including Budget, Dollar, Hertz, Thrifty, AAA Rent-A-Car and Payless.
By bus: GotoBus.com sells line run bus tickets and tours throughout the States. Travellers can search by destination and compare all the options for a given route from one screen. The site sells tickets for more than 100 bus companies ranging from low-fare to luxury.
By rail: AmTrak covers the States and Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. See where you can ride the rails, and check for weekly specials.