When to Go

High Season (Jun–Aug)

  • Accommodations prices up 50% to 100% on average.
  • Major holidays are even busier and more expensive.
  • Summer is low season in the desert, where temperatures exceed 100°F (38°C).

Shoulder (Apr–May & Sep–Oct)

  • Crowds and prices drop, especially on the coast and in the mountains.
  • Mild temperatures and sunny, cloudless days.
  • Typically wetter in spring, drier in autumn.

Low Season (Nov–Mar)

  • Accommodations rates lowest along the coast.
  • Chilly temperatures, frequent rainstorms and heavy snow in the mountains.
  • Winter is peak season in SoCal’s desert regions.