When April showers start paving the way for May flowers back home, it is the perfect time to hit the road. Spring, with winter cold long gone and summer heat not turned up yet, is gorgeous in many places. Throw in flowers and fresh air, and the fact that you don’t need to pack a coat, and it’s easy to see why everyone dreams of a great spring getaway. To help get you started, we've provided a list of the 10 best April vacations we feel you'll like.
The song says “I love Paris in the springtime”, and anyone who visits Paris in April will come away deeply smitten with the flowering trees, the sun sparkling on the Seine, and the romance in the air. The best place to experience the full beauty of springtime in Paris is in Les Tuileries Gardens in front of the Louvre.
Easter in Vatican City is truly a magnificent experience, making this spot one of the very best April vacations. You can stand with the crowds to hear the Pope’s Easter address in Vatican Square, and you can even get tickets to the Holy Week Masses. There are also the eternal highlights of the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums to explore. However, you should prepare for crowds and lineups.
New York City
New York City is a wonderful place to visit any time of year, but April is particularly lovely. The snow has melted, the flowers bloom in Central Park, and all the newest Broadways shows are opening on the Great White Way. Don’t forget the Tribeca Film Festival in April, and the annual New York City Easter Parade down Fifth Avenue.
No list of the 10 best April vacations would be complete without a destination exploding with flowers, and the most beautiful time of year to visit Washington D.C. is in April when the bright pink and cheery white cherry blossoms are in bloom by the Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin. There are 3,000 cherry trees, all a gift to the United States from Tokyo. More than a million people come to the nation’s capital to see the floral display, which peaks with the National Cherry Blossom Festival in April.
Of course, one of the best places in the world to see cherry blossoms is in Japan. The cherry blossom has been the unofficial flower of Japan for centuries, and every spring, there are celebrations when the trees explode into flower. In April, the blossoms are best on the millions of cherry trees in Tokyo and Kyoto, where blossom parties are thrown in public parks.
In April, sports lovers flock to Las Vegas for the final game of the March Madness college basketball tournament (the finale of which is in April, hence it's inclusion among the 10 best April vacations). The stakes are high, the games are exciting, and no one does sports action better than Vegas.
For a truly exotic April vacation, head to Egypt. The weather is beautiful in the spring, before the blazing heat of summer sets in, and it can be the best time of year to ride a camel past the ancient and iconic pyramids.
For the best visit to New Orleans, wait until the Mardi Gras crowds have gone and the mess has been cleaned up. In April, the Big Easy hosts a French Quarter Festival and its famous Jazz Festival, and there are lots of outdoor concerts in this most musical of cities.
U.S. Virgin Islands
April is the perfect time to head to the Caribbean. It’s before the summer heat sets in, before hurricane season starts, and before the price hikes for the peak tourist season. Head to the U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas for incredible shopping, beautiful beaches, and pure relaxation.
Puerto Rico is another great Caribbean island to explore in the spring. San Juan is one of the oldest cities in North America, and the view from its old fort walls is spectacular. Go out for dinner in the Old City, where restaurants specialize in the delicious Nuevo Latino cuisine.