Best Places to Visit in April: Where to Travel in Early Spring
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The top 5 destinations for April
April showers bring May flowers, but this month isn’t all about drizzly days and post-spring-break blues. It’s the start of spring, and whether you are embracing the rain at the mirrored salt flats of Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia or escaping to drier areas like the plains of Zambia, April is an excellent time to travel. It’s also the start of the cherry blossom season in destinations across the world—most famously in Japan, but also in Korea, Canada, and across the U.S. Keep it close to home with one of our domestic options, or take advantage of lower flight prices between spring break and summer to explore somewhere further afield.
With its warm-but-not-hot weather and its mix of laid-back beachside vibes and big city cool, Melbourne, Australia is the ideal place for an April vacation. Take a dip at the St. Kilda Sea Baths, check out the graffiti on Hosier Lane, and walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens, commonly referred to as “The Tan.” Those who want a break from the city can book a day tour to the vineyards of the Yarra Valley to sample a variety of wines from this cooler climate. Coffee lovers take note: if you’re looking for the best place to grab your morning cappuccino, you’ll have your work cut out for you—Melbourne has been at the forefront of the third wave coffee movement, focusing on high quality beans and exquisite presentation.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt flat in the world, is an impressive sight any time of the year. Thousands of miles of super-flat salt crust expand in every direction to the surrounding mountains, which gives one the feeling of looking across an unusually still lake. April is the best time to go if you’re looking to catch the neat visual trick caused by the rainfall—as the flats are covered in water, they turn into a mirror, giving the impression that you are walking on water. If you’ve already stopped over in the salt flat, head south to the Laguna Colorada (Red Lagoon), a martian-looking salt lake of pinkish-reds and pure whites where groups of flamingos roam freely.
You don’t have to fly all the way to Japan to see beautiful cherry blossoms in bloom. The nation’s capital comes to life between March 20th – April 13th this year, when the National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway, the delicate pale-pink flowers start coming in, and the streets are blanketed in petals like a springtime snow. The flowers aren’t the only reason to come to D.C. this time of year—April is peak travel for a reason. The days are cool and sunny, making it easy to hit hotspots like the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial or spend a few hours walking down the iconic U Street. The best part? If you catch some April showers, there is a wealth of top-tier museums to choose from across the city.
If you’ve always dreamed of experiencing the flora and fauna of Africa up close, head to Zambia this April. Falling between the rainy season, when safari camps are generally closed, and the summer season, when prices are high and there is an influx of tourists, April has great deals, perfect weather, and allows you to see Zambia in full bloom. We recommend heading to the South Luangwa National Park, where knowledgeable guides can teach you about the more than 450 bird and animal species that populate the area. While in Zambia, be sure to take a stop at the breathtaking Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world.
Newport Beach, California
An easy weekend trip for stressed out Los Angelinos, the California gem of Newport Beach has long been popular with the summer crowd. It may be overlooked in April, but this month is one of the best times to do some whale-watching as they migrate from the balmy California shores at the close of the winter season. Enjoy the small-town flavor with a stroll down the Newport Beach boardwalk and an afternoon at the retro amusement park, Balboa Fun Zone. If you come between April 25th and May 2nd of this year, you can catch an evening show at the Newport Beach Film Festival before heading out for a late dinner of fresh seafood right by the water.