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USATourist News Magazine

January 2007

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Everyone here at wishes you and your family a Happy New Year! We look forward to helping you plan your 2007 travels here in the United States. In this issue we are going to focus on the 2007 holidays and events that will be held here in the USA over the next twelve months.

The first three months of 2007

January and February are the coldest months of the year here in the U.S. but they are also the ideal months for skiing and other outdoor snow sports. The northern states see quite a bit of snow and very low temperatures. The southern states see only a few winter storms over these months but have been known to encounter severe ice storms. The Southwest USA actually sees its most pleasant temperatures in the winter months. The golf courses are full as are parks and other outdoor recreational activities. March starts to show signs that spring is on the way, but it is also the start of tornado season in the mid-west.

January 1st is New Year's Day. This is the day many people begin their New Year's resolutions. In the South United States black eyed peas and turnip greens are a popular dish served on New Years Day in hopes of bringing good fortune. The black eyed peas represent copper coins and the greens represent dollar bills. In Pennsylvania Dutch country the tradition is to eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year's Day for good luck.

February 2nd is Groundhog Day. Legend holds that if "the groundhog" emerges from his burrow and sees his shadow there will be six more weeks of winter weather but if he does not see his shadow, spring will arrive early. There happens to be many groundhogs in the United States, many of which are the focus of many festivals. Punxsutawney Phil is found in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Super Bowl Sunday is the day of the championship game of the National Football League (NFL). The location of the Super Bowl changes every year. In 2007 the game will be held in Miami on February 4.

March 20th is the first day of spring but the cool weather can still continue. Students across the USA take a week off from their studies for Spring Break. The beaches, especially in Florida, fill with partying college students all though out the month but he last two weeks of March are the most popular week for Spring Break.

April showers bring May flowers

April is one of the most mild months as far as temperatures go. Rain is common and often the last snowstorms in the higher altitudes occur. The middle and end of April are good times to travel because schools are still in session and the busiest holiday travel days are over. This year Easter will be held on April 8TH.

May is a pretty time of year. The spring flowers are in bloom and most of the spring rains are over. The last Monday in May, which is May 28th this year, is Memorial Day. This day is dedicated to the men and women who have died serving in the U.S. military.

The months for sunshine and swimming

By the time June arrives summer is in full swing. The beaches are packed with tourists and locals, amusement parks have long lines as do ice cream shops. The airports are full and so are the hotels. The weather is generally warm across the country. There aren't any major holidays this month but there are plenty of outdoor events. Festivals, carnivals, and concerts are held across the U.S. In Alaska, the Anchorage Festival of Music is this month and so are Gold Rush Days in Juneau. In Los Angles on June 23, 2007 is Mariachi USA Festival held at the Hollywood Bowl.

July is the hottest month of the year. Many Americans spend their days at the beach or in the swimming pool but many prefer to stay indoors where there is air conditioning. July 4th is the United States Independence Day. This is a national holiday filled with festivities, fireworks, and parades.

Autumn is in the air

As the summer unwinds students get ready to return to school. Most schools begin a new school year in August, which makes this an ideal travel time since there are less American travelers. The weather is still warm in August but by the end of September most areas see signs autumn in on the way. September 3, 2007 is a Federal Holiday, Labor Day. This is usually the last big travel weekend before the holiday season.

October is one of the prettiest months, both in temperature and the change of season. The Northeast has beautiful fall foliage. The leaves change to vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. October is the month for "Indian Summer," which is the last warm spell before winter. October is also the beginning of the Holidays. October 31st is Halloween, the eve before All Saints Day.

It's time for the holidays again

The weather is usually cool and even cold in some areas in November. Most of the trees are beginning to or have lost their leaves. November 22, 2007 is Thanksgiving Day (it is always held on a Thursday). Families and friends gather together to give thanks for the blessings in their lives. Traditional Thanksgiving meals include turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.

December is the most festive of months. Menorahs are displayed in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah and Christmas lights are displayed on homes, businesses, and other public areas and Santa Clause can be found in malls across America. Hanukkah will begin December 5, 2007. Christmas will be held on Tuesday December 25.

Choice Hotels

As you are planning your trips consider staying at one of the Choice Hotels locations. Choice Hotels offer reasonable prices, clean rooms, and friendly staff. If you are a pet owner you will be happy to learn that Choice Hotels now offers a search page dedicated to helping you find pet friendly hotels among the Choice Hotels chain. Just look for the paws icon.

We hope you enjoyed this issue. We will see you next month!

Written by: Elizabeth L. Blair

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