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18 Destinations to Put on Your April Travel List

photo: Casa Cook Kos
The best travel spots are largely determined by their weather, their events and the local highlights. If you’re looking to escape your norm this spring and head off on an April adventure, we’ve got your back. Here's a list of places that prove that April is an awesome time of year to travel, with most cities in their off-season. Skip the crowds, find the best spots to eat and to sleep, and be sure to document it all so we can enjoy your travels vicariously.

Reporter: Alyssa Brown
Photo: Renee Hahnel
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St. John

US Virgin Islands
April tends to be low season in the US Virgin Islands, and there’s usually really good weather. So, if no crowds and an occasional bit of rain is what you’re after, check out spring on St. John.
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If weather is your primary concern for travel to Tokyo, you won’t be disappointed by sunny and dry days of April. April is the best time of year to see Japan’s famous cherry blossoms en masse.
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Sydney’s weather is pretty great year-round, so it’s no surprise that April’s a nice time to visit. It’s mid-autumn, so you can expect crisp mornings and evenings that make for beautiful surf sessions, beach walks and city tours.
Photo: Cara Jourdan
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Costa Rica | Stay at: Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo

Soak up the last days of Costa Rica’s dry season in April and book a luxe stay at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. Spend your days exploring nearby wildlife refuges, volcanoes, canyons, waterfalls, rainforests and more.
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Marrakech | Stay at: Riad Jardin Secret

If ever there’s a time to be in a desert climate, it’s when the spring showers are known to roll in. Head to Marrakech in April for warm days and cool nights, and hit up Riad Jardin Secret for a luxurious escape.
Photo: Marco Gaggio
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It’s not uncommon to see people stopped in the sunshine on bridge walkways and sidewalks as April brings sunlight back to Copenhagen. Cherry blossoms begin to show their pretty pastels and the natural blush of cheekbones begins to make an appearance.
Photo: Lara Kamnik
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Avoid the hectic crowds of summer in Lisbon and head to Portugal in April for a more relaxed vibe with great weather. The city of seven hills and tons of street art makes an on-foot explorer’s paradise in the spring sunshine.
Photo: j_biri
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Chicago’s spring season is a welcome change from the dark days of winter and what better time of year to kick off baseball season. Opening day at Wrigley Field is set to take place on April 9th, making it a fab day to hop into the windy city.
Photo: Casa Cook Kos
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Kos | Stay at: Casa Cook

Kos has that kind of old world feel you’d expect only to find in a place like Greece. Head to the small, sandy island in April for a getaway to Casa Cook and enjoy endless sunshine in a stunning setting.
Photo: Travis Burke
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April is the green season for Namibia, making it a gorgeous time of year to spot flora and fauna like you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Hop over to the Skeleton Coast to see some of the most expansive deserts along the coast and spend your days hiking sand dunes and spotting marine life.
Photo: Jankat Çapar
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Istanbul’s International Tulip Festival takes place in April and if that’s any indication of the bounty of spring in this region, you’re sure to enjoy the landscape. This gorgeous Turkish city is filled with cool cultural and historic museums, mosques, palaces, bazaars and more – all ripe for the April picking.
Photo: ourtravelness
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Summer in Vietnam really kicks off in May, but April brings the warm and humid weather that you’d expect of the tropics throughout much of The Central Highlands and the Southern Coast. Whether you’re looking to hike through rice fields, eat your way through the cities or lounge by the beach, April is a great time to head to Vietnam.
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Key West

Bright, hot and sunny days fill the April calendar throughout Florida. If you’re considering a trip to the Keys, Miami or Tampa, early spring is a gorgeous shoulder season that isn’t totally tourist-ridden.
Photo: Eddie Fortuna
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New Orleans

Known to locals as the start of festival season, April brings the kick-off of Jazz Fest and French Quarter Fest, and crawfish season is in full swing. When you can smell the jasmine vines and gardenias in bloom right after a fresh rain shower, you know it’s spring in New Orleans.
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Santa Barbara

Sunrise and sunset walks along the beaches of Santa Barbara are absolutely gorgeous in April. It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be ready to catch waves and soak up the sunshine and warmth of those longer spring days.
Photo: Hôtel Doisy
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Paris | Stay at: Hôtel Doisy

Okay, okay, so maybe there’s no bad time of year to visit Paris, but Paris in springtime means all those beautiful public gardens are starting to bloom, and April is rife with outdoor festivals and fairs throughout the city. Book a stay at Hôtel Doisy, located just between the Arc de Triomphe and the Palais des Congrè in the 17th arrondissement, for a getaway that’s très chic.
Photo: Zach Miles
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New York City

New York
April is that month in NYC where all the locals finally start to trickle out from hibernation, yet tourist season isn’t yet in full swing. It’s a pretty sweet time of year for a visit, with rooftop bars reopening and Central Park getting its bright green leaves back.

Austin | Stay at: Hotel Van Zandt - A Kimpton Hotel

April marks the start of swimming hole season in Austin and this city is full of springs, lakes, rivers and more. Rest your heads at the rockstar digs of Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt if you’re after a stay that’s in the middle of all things music, food and barbecue.
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