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Where to Go in April: The Best Places to Travel

Brook Wilkinson | March 2, 2016

Where to go in April? That’s easy: Flowers in full bloom, festive celebrations, and mild temperatures make this early spring month a lovely time to visit many parts of the globe. The best deals usually appear starting one week after Easter (March 27 this year).

Washington, D.C.

National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C.

National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C. Photo: National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington, D.C., is great in the spring before Memorial Day, when you can avoid the high season while taking advantage of the balmy weather. Several fun events take place in April this year: the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Blossom Kite Festival (April 2) and parade (April 16); Opening Day for the Washington Nationals (April 7); the Smithsonian Craft Show (April 21–24); and the Wine and Food Fest just down the Potomac River in National Harbor, Maryland (April 23–24). —Paul Bennett, Trusted Travel Expert for Washington, D.C.

Read Paul’s Insider’s Guide to Washington, D.C., and contact him to get the best possible trip.

Related: Spring Vacation Idea: Flower Festivals Worth Traveling For

 

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Tulum, Riviera Maya

Tulum, Riviera Maya. Courtesy Journey Mexico

Starting a week after Easter Sunday and running through May, rates are low, resorts aren’t too crowded, and the weather is pleasant (mid to high 80s) with little rain. —Zach Rabinor, Trusted Travel Expert for Mexico

Read Zach’s Insider’s Guide to the Riviera Maya, and contact him to get the best possible trip.

 

Hawaii

April means an optimal combination of great weather and relatively low prices in the islands. (Just make sure to avoid the crush of visitors and higher rates that Spring Break brings.) —Jay Johnson, Trusted Travel Expert for Hawaii

Read Jay’s Insider’s Guide to Maui, and contact him to get the best possible trip.

 

Peru

Mancora Beach, Peru

Mancora Beach, Peru. Photo: Aracari

April sees the best mix of weather both inland and on Peru’s coast; it’s sunny and warm in Lima, and dry and temperate in the Andes. Since the rainy season has just ended, the air is clear, and the fields are green and lush, dotted with the yellow, pink, and mauve hues of quinoa, amaranth, lupins, and potatoes ready to harvest. —Marisol Mosquera, Trusted Travel Expert for Peru

Read Marisol’s Insider’s Guide to Peru for Food Lovers, and contact her to get the best possible trip.

 

Amsterdam

bicycle at Amsterdam Canal

If you have enough time to leave the airport, explore Amsterdam’s canals. Photo courtesy Context Travel

April is bright and pleasant, and it’s prime time for Tulipmania, when the Keukenhof (one of the world’s largest flower gardens) is full of blooms. King’s Day, on April 27, is the biggest street party of the year in Amsterdam; it’s very busy, but a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Dutch joie de vivre. There’s also the Spring Beer Festival in the Posthoornkerk, a beautiful old basilica, on April 17. —Paul Bennett, Trusted Travel Expert for Amsterdam

Read Paul’s Insider’s Guide to Amsterdam, and contact him to get the best possible trip.

Related: Amsterdam Airport Layovers: How to Make the Most of Them

 

Mediterranean Cruises

Crystal Serenity

Sailing through Venice, Italy aboard the Crystal Serenity. Photo courtesy Crystal Cruises.

April is the perfect month to enjoy the brilliant blue skies in the Mediterranean, when the sunny days start to outnumber the cold and cloudy ones of winter. Cruise ships have just repositioned to the region, so you can explore iconic ports such as Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome, and Venice without the crowds and heat of summertime. And fares are lower, since this is considered the off-season. —Leslie Fambrini, Trusted Travel Expert for Luxury Small-Ship Cruises

Read Leslie’s Insider’s Guide to European Luxury Cruises, and contact her to get the best possible trip.

 

Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey. Photo courtesy Crystal Cruises.

Istanbul, Turkey. Photo courtesy Crystal Cruises.

During the annual tulip festival in April, the city is awash in millions (literally) of colorful blooms. The weather is temperate, perfect for visiting the outdoor ancient sites that can be scorching in summer—and the tourist hordes have not yet arrived. Since it’s shoulder season, there are deals to be had at hotels. —Earl Starkey, Trusted Travel Expert for Turkey

Read Earl’s Insider’s Guide to Istanbul In-depth, and contact him to get the best possible trip.

Related: Istanbul Airport Layovers: The Best Way to Spend Them

 

Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic

Wachau, Austria

Wachau, Austria. Photo courtesy Austrian Tourist Board

April means mild weather, springtime flowers, and no bus-tour crowds in Eastern Europe. (In other years, when Easter falls in April, there are charming holiday markets and festivals in Vienna.) Popular summertime destinations, such as Lake Balaton in Hungary, are relatively tranquil. In Budapest, there is a nice spring festival that lasts most of the month and includes performances (mostly classical music and jazz) from both local groups and international ones. In the Czech Republic, all the countryside castles are just reopening from their winter dormancy. —Gwen Kozlowski, Trusted Travel Expert for Austria, Czech Republic, and Hungary

Read Gwen’s Insider’s Guides to Austria, Czech Republic, and Hungary, and contact her to get the best possible trip.

Related: The Easiest Way to See Europe: A River Cruise

 

Crete

As the most southerly of Greece’s islands, Crete starts its season earlier than the rest. There are beautiful wildflowers in April, fewer crowds, and lower hotel rates than you’ll find later in spring. While Greek Orthodox Easter falls on May 1 this year, you’ll witness festive celebrations throughout late April as well. —Christos Stergiou, Trusted Travel Expert for Greece

Read Christos’s Insider’s Guide to Athens, and contact him to get the best possible trip.

 

Luang Prabang, Laos

Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos photo credit Flickr/jayarc

Monks in Luang Prabang, Laos. Photo: Flickr/jayarc

Songkran, the Lao New Year, is celebrated in mid-April with a whole week of parades, street markets, and concerts. Tradition holds that revelers douse one another with water in order to wash away the past year’s sins; unlike in Thailand, where you might well be ambushed outside your hotel in the morning, in Laos the locals usually ask before splashing you. —Sandy Ferguson, Trusted Travel Expert for Southeast Asia

Read Sandy’s Insider’s Guide to Southeast Asia, and contact him to get the best possible trip.

 

 

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