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Best Places to Visit in April

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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 to help us determine next year's ranking.

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#1 Madrid

#1 in Best Places to Visit in April

April is an excellent time to travel to Madrid thanks to balmy temps, with average highs sitting in the 60s and 70s. This is perfect weather for walking to and from top sights, including Retiro Park, the Mercado San Miguel, Plaza Mayor and the Royal Palace of Madrid. What's more, you'll avoid the peak summer season (and its hordes of tourists) and will likely be able to score a more affordable hotel rate. Read More »

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#2 Bali

#2 in Best Places to Visit in April

The months between April and October mark Bali's dry season, meaning it's an ideal time to relax on Bali's picturesque beaches, such as Sanur Beach or Kuta, and soak up the sun's warm rays (temperatures range from the mid-70s to mid-90s). Pencil in some time to tour the island's ancient temples and the elephant safari park as well. But keep in mind, others will be descending on Bali in April, so you'll want to book your flights and lodging well in advance. Read More »

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#3 Denver

#3 in Best Places to Visit in April

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 begin warming up come April, with highs in the 50s and 60s, 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 Amphitheatre to smaller jazz clubs and dive bars. Read More »

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#4 Machu Picchu

#4 in Best Places to Visit in April

One of the most stunning natural wonders in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Machu Picchu comprises 12 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 the summer so the trails will be less crowded and there'll be fewer people interrupting your perfect Instagram shot.

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#5 Charlottesville

#5 in Best Places to Visit in April

Home to dozens of wineries and historic sites, Charlottesville is a dream trip for lovers of charming small towns. The town's main attractions are the University of Virginia and Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's former estate, which is an impressive architectural masterpiece. 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. Read More »

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