Best Places to Visit in April
April showers? Not likely in these destinations. U.S. News scoured the globe to find the top vacation spots that boast sublime weather and top-notch sightseeing best enjoyed during the month of April. Whether you're interested in lying on the beach, enjoying the great outdoors or exploring a cosmopolitan city, there's a vacation for you on this ranking. Vote for the destinations you think belong on this list of the best places to visit in April to help us determine next year's ranking. (Note: Some of the below destinations may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Check with the CDC and the U.S. Department of State before traveling.)
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Dreamy Bora Bora draws travelers with its white sand beaches, warm waters and romantic atmosphere. This tiny French Polynesian island invites visitors to slow down and relax at its luxurious resorts or get out and explore its beauty. Boat tours and four-wheel-drive excursions are fun ways to see much of Bora Bora's scenery, including the breathtaking Mount Otemanu. Vacationers should also go snorkeling in the turquoise lagoon. Come in April to enjoy the warm weather before the island becomes packed with tourists.
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One of the most stunning natural wonders in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Machu Picchu comprises about 80,000 acres of temples, aqueducts and gardens that were once a sacred Incan city. April is on the tail end of Peru's wet season, so it's possible to encounter light rain. However, the area sees fewer tourists during this month than in summer, so the trails will be less crowded and there'll be fewer people interrupting your perfect Instagram shot. But remember, timed entry tickets to this archaeological marvel must be purchased in advance.
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April is an excellent time to travel to Madrid thanks to balmy temps, with average highs often sitting in the 60s. This is perfect weather for walking to and from top sights in Spain's largest city, including Retiro Park, the Mercado de San Miguel, Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace of Madrid. What's more, you'll avoid this bustling city's peak summer season – and its hordes of tourists – and will increase your chances of scoring a more affordable hotel rate.
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Nicknamed "the Hub of the Universe," Boston boasts a rich history and cultural legacy that few other cities in America can match. A tour of the 2.5-mile-long Freedom Trail is an easy way to see most of Boston's major sights and monuments, including Boston Common and the Paul Revere House. Beantown also offers a wealth of incredible museums, several nationally acclaimed sports teams and delicious seafood. As a city that truly experiences all four seasons, Boston is perhaps best seen in April, when the spring weather is mild and the flowers are beginning to bloom.
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April marks the start of Bali's dry season, meaning it's an ideal time to relax on the island's picturesque beaches, such as Sanur Beach or Kuta, and soak up the sun's warm rays (temperatures range from the mid-70s to the mid-90s). Pencil in some time to tour the island's ancient temples and its elephant safari park as well. But keep in mind, others may be descending on Bali in April, so you'll want to book your flights and lodging well in advance.
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Can't decide between an outdoor adventure retreat and a more sophisticated city escape? Take a trip to the Last Frontier to get the best of both worlds. In Anchorage, you'll find your typical metropolitan offerings like museums, shopping centers and restaurants. But what really draws people to Alaska's largest city is its wilderness, with numerous trails and parks nearby and plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities. April is the beginning of Anchorage's whale watching season, and the spring month's cool yet comfortable temperatures are ideal for exploring all that this city has to offer.
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Outdoor activities like hiking and biking, as well as indoor pursuits like museum- and brewery-hopping should all be on your agenda for a spring visit to Denver. Temps in the Mile High City hover in the 50s and 60s come April, making strolls along the 16th Street Mall and through Washington Park quite enjoyable. The city is also home to an emerging live music scene, with venues ranging from the iconic Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre to smaller jazz clubs and dive bars.
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Home to dozens of wineries and historical sites, Charlottesville is a dream trip for lovers of charming small towns. Charlottesville's main attractions are the University of Virginia and Monticello, former President Thomas Jefferson's impressive estate. Once you get your fill of history, head to the historic Downtown Mall for some shopping and sustenance before visiting a winery (or two) to sample Virginia vino. April is a great time to visit thanks to the mild weather and the beautiful blooming flowers.
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Arizona's breathtaking Grand Canyon National Park attracts millions of awestruck visitors each year. Arrive in April when the crowds are thinner and the temperatures are much more bearable. Keep in mind, the North Rim is still closed this time of year, but the South Rim welcomes travelers year-round. From hiking paths like the Rim Trail to mule trips to the 70-foot-tall Desert View Watchtower, the South Rim offers numerous ways to appreciate this jaw-dropping natural wonder.
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Known for its canals, 17th-century architecture and "coffee shops," Amsterdam is absolutely beautiful in April. This month is when the Dutch city's tulips are in full bloom and when the popular Tulp Festival takes place. Amsterdam's rising temperatures also make April a great time to walk or bike around the city or picnic and watch passersby in Vondelpark. Plus, the city features several neighborhoods packed with amenities. The Jordaan area is home to the historical Anne Frank House and excellent restaurants and shops, while Leidseplein is the place to go to experience the city's lively nightlife scene.
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Composed of three islands, the Cayman Islands feature some of the best beaches in the Caribbean, including the highly regarded Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman. However, some of this premier diving destination's best attractions are located in the sea. Must-see underwater attractions include Stingray City, Eden Rock, Devil's Grotto and the USS Kittiwake shipwreck. April – particularly the latter half of the month – is one of the best times to visit because of its great accommodation deals and its consistently warm, sunny weather.
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Hilton Head may not be the liveliest vacation destination, but if you're looking to truly relax and unwind, this is the place to go. This South Carolina island is a terrific option for families thanks to its clean beaches and natural attractions like the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Coastal Discovery Museum. Visit in April to find fewer crowds and beach-friendly weather. If you're a golf enthusiast, arrive in the middle of the month to catch the RBC Heritage golf tournament.
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You don't have to be religious to enjoy a trip to Jerusalem. Considered a holy city in the Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths, Jerusalem is home to major spiritual sights like the Western Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock. But there are nonreligious attractions as well, such as the Israel Museum and the Dead Sea. The weather will be pleasantly warm here in April, but you'll want to dress conservatively, especially when visiting religious sites. Also plan around religious holidays to save some money on lodging and airfare.
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Located about 5 miles northwest of Zihuatanejo on Mexico's Pacific coast, Ixtapa is a beach paradise. This small town was once a coconut plantation before it transformed into a resort area in the 1970s. Now, you can find luxe hotels, clean beaches and world-renowned golf courses here. Ixtapa is also a popular place for swimming, surfing, scuba diving and snorkeling, among other aquatic activities. For some of the best water sports conditions, head to Playa Escolleras. By visiting in April, you'll avoid the area's wet season.
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This Tennessee metropolis – which is often called the Scenic City because of its incredible panoramas – offers an array of things to see and do, from the underground Ruby Falls to Rock City Gardens' sky-high See Seven States viewpoint. Other can't-miss Chattanooga attractions include the Tennessee Aquarium (the world's largest freshwater aquarium), the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway (the world's steepest passenger railway) and Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park (America's oldest and largest Civil War park). Aside from the rising temperatures, April brings fun events like the Chattanooga Market and the 4 Bridges Arts Festival.
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