USATourist News MagazineJanuary 2005
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This is the time of year when most US tourists choose winter vacations in the warmer climates of southern destinations. Florida, California, Arizona and Las Vegas are popular winter vacation destinations. Early spring is usually a great time for visiting Florida, Arizona or Southern California. The average daily temperature climbs from 65 F (18 C) in March to 75 F (24 C) in May. During these early spring months, the chance of rainy weather is rather low in Florida or California and almost non-existent in Arizona. Golfers often choose this time of year to visit the courses in Florida, California and Arizona.
Check our Orlando Florida page for information about this very popular Florida vacation destination. The area not only offers the immensely popular amusement parks of Disney World and Universal Studios, but also abounds in great golf courses. There are many nice hotels in the area. Just check our Disney Hotels page or our Near Disney Hotels page for descriptions and prices of some of the local accommodations. You do not have to spend a lot of money visiting Florida. Car rental rates in the Orlando area are about the lowest in the USA and there is a wide selection of bargain priced hotels. Just check our Disney Budget Hotels page for some hotels that charge less than $50 per night and click on the car rental button to compare rental rates.
Check our Phoenix Arizona page or our Palm Springs California page for information about these western desert cities that are famous for their golf resorts. Both cities are very popular winter vacation destinations. They are also great places to visit in the early spring months. Las Vegas is slightly cooler but very dry during the early spring and offers plenty of indoor activities in addition to golf.
This is also a very popular time of the year for Carribean cruises departing from ports in Florida. The climates at most of the tropical islands and coastal cities visited by the cruise ships are tropical or sub-tropical. The average temperatures usually hover near 70 F (22 C) most of the year. We just created a USATourist travel tips page about Cruises USA.
Carnival or Mardi Gras is not widely celebrated in the USA as it is in many European and South America countries, but it is lavishly celebrated in one US city. New Orleans is renown for its Mardi Gras celebrations that last for several weeks with elaborate daily parades and boisterous nightly parties. The festivities will begin around January 25 this year and will culminate with the grand Mardi Gras celebration on February 8.
For sports fans, the grand championship of American football, known as the Super Bowl, will be held in Jacksonville Florida on February 6. This day known as Super bowl Sunday will be the occasion for many Super Bowl parties in bars, clubs and peoples homes all across the USA. The NASCAR racing season will begin with its first major race, the Daytona 500, on February 20 at the racetrack near Daytona Beach Florida. The equally popular Las Vegas NASCAR race will be held on March 13. If you would like to attend the NASCAR race in Las Vegas, check out the package deals that include hotel rooms at some of the great Las Vegas Casinos and tickets to the race attractions.
March will also bring the great livestock show and rodeo in Houston Texas from March 1 20. It also has the Saint Patricks Day parade and parties in New York City on March 17 and the Calle Ocho festival of Latin American music and culture in Miami Florida on March 4 7. Spring Break, that period of madness and wild beach parties, will descend on Daytona Beach and Panama City Florida from March 7 through March 28 when hundreds of thousands of vacationing university students come to celebrate.
On the weekend of April 28 30, the Gathering of Nations Powwow will be held in Albuquerque New Mexico. This is the largest Native American cultural festival in the USA. Singers, dancers, drummers and storytellers from numerous Indian tribes will appear in full ceremonial dress. If you are interested in observing Native American culture, guests are always welcome.
For a more complete list of US events, check our Calendar of Events page.
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