April is such a beautiful time for traveling. The weather is gorgeous almost everywhere, there’s a temporary reprieve between Spring Break and Summer Vacation crowds, and it’s the perfect time to travel somewhere new! We’re here to help you narrow down all of your options by giving you the top 10 destinations you should visit this month. Check out our travel page to learn how we can help you book your Spring getaway!
If you want to travel somewhere beautiful this month, but aren’t looking to leave the country, these first three destinations will be right up your alley!
1. Chicago, IL
Chicago is Travel + Leisure’s cheapest domestic destination for April, and it’s such a cool city! Learn about the city’s rich architecture with a Chicago architecture river cruise. View the city from above at the Sky Deck, visit the iconic silver bean at Millennium Park, then do some shopping down Magnificent Mile. Don’t forget to have some fun at Navy Pier!
2. Los Angeles, CA
Who needs an excuse to visit LA?! The city of angels is beautiful in April, so take advantage of the weather by enjoying Santa Monica Pier and Venice Beach! Don’t forget to gaze at the stars at Griffith Observatory, do some shopping down Rodeo Drive, and mingle with the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While you’re in town, be sure to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, also known as the LACMA. You won’t want to miss out!
3. Savannah, GA
Savannah is the hostess city of the south, and Travel + Leisure’s no. 8 friendliest city in the world! Enjoy the southern hospitality under their beautiful oak trees while you walk through their historic district and wander across Forsyth Park. Make sure to visit the Bonaventure Cemetery and Cathedral of St. John the Baptist while you’re there. If you’re craving some really fresh seafood, take a day trip out to Tybee Island!
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4. U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands boast rich history alongside white sand beaches, and peak season is over by April. You can expect lighter crowds this time of year, but be sure to join in in the Carnival celebrations in St. Thomas this month! St. John offers Annaberg Plantation, Caneel Bay, Trunk Bay, and the Virgin Islands National Park. If you’re in St. Croix, be sure to visit the Buck Island National Monument, the Cruzan Rum Distillery, and the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge. St. Thomas is home to Coki Beach, Coral World Ocean Park, Magens Bay, and Paradise Point. With so much variety on each island, you really can’t go wrong!
5. Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto is the place to be to catch Japan’s beautiful April cherry blossoms! Visit the geishas in the Gion neighborhood, take a stroll down Philosopher’s Walk, and marvel at the Golden and Silver Pavilions. Be sure to pay your respects at both the Fushimi Inari Shrine and the Kiyomizu Temple.
6. Fes, Morocco
Though much of Africa is hot this time of year, Morocco boasts pleasant temperatures this month! You have to visit Fes’s iconic Chouara Tannery to see their world-famous leather production. Take a dip in the traditional Moroccan baths, known as hammams, in Spa Laaroussa. Taste the fresh local Mediterranean cuisine at Dar Ramouna before visiting Kairaouine, one of Africa’s largest mosques.
7. Chengdu, China
Chengdu’s warming temperatures this month will give you the perfect weather to hang out with pandas at Dujiangyan Panda Base! Eat locally at Jinli Old Street, gaze at Mount Qingcheng and Wenshu Yuan Monastery, then marvel at the intricate masks at a traditional Sichuan Opera. While you’re in the area, don’t miss out on the “fairy-tale world” of Jiuzhaigou Valley!
8. The Netherlands
The Netherlands is Travel + Leisure’s no. 17 safest place for solo travelers, and April just happens to be peak tulip season for the area! You can see some amazing tulip fields in Keukenhof, and while you’re there, check out the Keukenhof Castle. You can’t visit the Netherlands without spending some quality time in Amsterdam, home to the Anne Frank Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Rijksmuseum. Stroll through Vondelpark before taking a walking tour through the charming Jordaan Neighborhood!
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen is Travel + Leisure’s cheapest foreign destination for April! See the beautiful ships in Nyhavn, stroll through Torvehallerne Market, and gaze at the iconic Little Mermaid sculpture. Enjoy Tivoli Gardens, a quaint 19th century amusement park, which opens each April. Visit the home of Danish Parliament at beautiful Christiansborg Palace before admiring the King’s Gardens on the ground of Rosenborg Castle.
April boasts the perfect weather for taking a dip in the Mediterranean! Relax and unwind at Paradise Bay and the Blue Lagoon. While you’re in Malta, don’t miss out on the gorgeous Upper Barrakka Gardens, the regal Grand Master’s Palace, or the Ggantija Temples. Live the slow, easy lifestyle of the Mediterranean and take it easy this month!
We’re looking forward to planning your dream April vacation! See how we can help you by visiting our travel page.