Like the other 11 months in the year, April is a superb time to travel, if you know where the best places to travel in April are—which you will. Take Taiwan, for example; It's one of Asia’s best kept secrets, so you likely haven’t considered it as a destination to be visited at the earliest opportunity, but we strongly recommend you reconsider that position—and it’s especially delightful in April. Or for something closer to home, did you know Washington D.C. becomes ablaze in colour in April, with beautiful cherry blossoms around every corner? You do now. Keep reading for more inspiration: We have you covered for ideas this April.
Best places to travel in April
This ridiculously stylish Swedish city, spread across numerous islands linked by over 50 bridges, is a delight to visit in April: temperatures are still chilly (7C/44F, so dress warm) but days are often bright and sunny and by the end of the month have doubled in length (8 hours of light) compared to the start of March. Other than the views of the city itself, top attractions include the Nobel Museum and Storkyrkan Cathedral, a 13th century masterpiece.
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While Japan’s cherry blossom season seems to grab most of the world’s attention, Washington D.C. has a pretty good one too, which typically spans late March into early April. The best place to see it is the Tidal Basin, where over 3,000 trees transform into radiant blooms. The weather can be slightly unpredictable at this time of year, swinging between cold rainy days and warm sunny ones, so keep an eye on the forecast before you jet off.
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Hawaii enjoys beautiful weather and comfortable temperatures year-round, with temperatures reliably staying above 26C/79F and below 31C/88F. April however is a particularly pleasant time to visit, slipping in between the main spring and summer vacation seasons. The entire Hawaiian archipelago comprises over 100 islands, and the top draws include Maui, Oahu and Kauai.
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South Africa’s capital enjoys a temperate year-round climate, rarely dipping below 20C/68F or exceeding 30C/87F, and April usually hits the sweet spot, right in the middle. Being in the southern hemisphere means the seasons are flipped, so this marks the start of autumn, which means the air is a bit cooler but the sea retains the summer heat for a while yet. If shark diving isn’t your cup of tea, try hiking up Table Mountain instead, or taking the ferry to Robben Island.
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Spain encompasses a wide region and topography, so the April climate will depend on where you go, but generally speaking, coastal areas—which includes the Catalonian capital of Barcelona—are balmy, enjoying temperatures of around 20C/68F (brave travellers can just about enjoy sea-swimming). Further south, the beautiful Andalusia region is even warmer, though still comfortable enough to explore on foot its pretty villages, like Frigiliana, before the stifling heat of summer arrives.
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It’s only a matter of time before Taiwan starts enjoying the same kind of popularity as its South East Asian neighbours of Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand: this island is an absolute jewel for curious travellers, with its incredibly diverse landscapes and culture-packed cities, full of quirky charms (did you know the garbage trucks blare out classical music on their weekly rounds?). April is mild, with temperatures sitting firmly between 20-23C/68-74F, perfect for soaking up world-class trekking trails and stunning beaches.
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Once known as the ‘Paris of the East’, but then devastated through years of civil strife, the Lebanese capital of Beirut has made a firm comeback, and is now loved by locals and tourists alike for being one of the most vibrant, cosmopolitan and liberal cities in the Middle East. April is a good time of year to get out on foot—stroll the Corniche, or meander around Byblos just to the north.
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Belize may not have much land mass, but what it lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality. It boasts its very own barrier reef (second only in size to Australia’s more famous one), which among other things is where you’ll find the iconic Great Blue Hole. Inland you’ll find ancient Mayan ruins (Xunantunich is the star of though show), and it’s all pleasantly balmy in April.
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With temperatures practically guaranteed to idle around the 20C/68F mark, combined with plenty of sunshine, San Diego is a fine choice for April. Sandwiched quietly between the busyness of spring breaks and summer tourist season, the best things to see and do—like Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo and the USS Midway Museum—can be experienced in relative tranquility.
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