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15 Best Places to Visit in April in USA

When the natural world is breaking free from harsh winter, it’s no wonder we all get a bit of spring fever. That’s why there’s no better time to take a trip than in the spring.

But, when you’re trying to figure out where to go in spring, don’t worry! This list has 15 of the best places to visit in April without needing a passport. You’ll find all types of travel ideas like epic road trips and bucket list destinations. There are tons of April celebrations throughout the country from festivals celebrating Blues music to Bluebonnets in Texas.

Okay, let’s get into it.

 

 

15 Best Places to Visit in April in USA

1.  Drive the Pacific Coast Highway California

One of the absolute best times to drive the Pacific Coast Highway is spring. The West Coast has a climate that makes this drive enjoyable just about any time of year. But in spring it’s extra special. It’s when everything is in bloom from San Francisco down to San Diego.

Think wildflowers, sea lions, whales and everything in between. With so much to enjoy along the PCH it’s no wonder it’s one of the best places to travel in April. Check out our guide to the best stops on the PCH between LA and San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco Highway One to Marin County.

Golden Gate Bridge Pacific Coast Highway California

 

2.  Bluebonnet Festivals in Texas

In case you haven’t heard, Texas bluebonnets are a sight to see in springtime. I travel all around Central Texas to get first-hand info on the best places to see bluebonnets in Texas. There’s even one field of bluebonnets with zebras!

These beautiful flowers typically bloom from March until May. But their peak bloom is what makes Texas one of the best places to visit in April.

That’s right, April is the prime time to see fields of these blue beauties. Celebrating this magnificent flower, you’ll find Bluebonnet Festivals in both Burnet and Chappell Hill, and the Bluebonnet Trails and Festival of Ennis in April.

And when you make your packing list for Texas you’ll be happy to know that it’s also one of the places that’s nice and warm in April.

Zebras grazing in bluebonnet field in Texas.

Zebras in a bluebonnet field in Texas

 

3.  Portland Oregon & Coastal Road Trip

Portland is in full bloom in the spring making it and the Oregon Coast one of the best places to travel in April.

Celebrating Mother Nature, you’ll find Earth Day events throughout the city and the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival with fields of these beautiful flowers just outside of town.

Along the Oregon Coast spring is in full swing. You’ll love seeing nature come to life in the plants and incredible wildlife.

From Portland you can be on the Oregon coast in just a couple of hours. Discover the beauty of the sea stacks and explore the tide pools at low tide. Hiking along the coast offers some amazing trails too so pack your hiking gear along with the sunscreen and sandals for the beach.

Pink magnolia blooms cover a tree beside Crystal Springs Lake in SE Portland Oregon

Portland Oregon

 

4.  Clarksdale, Mississippi

For a truly unique and rewarding trip, definitely consider visiting Clarksdale, Mississippi. Blues fans know this small town for its historical significance to the music genre.

But its annual Juke Joint Festival makes it one of the best places to visit in April for music lovers. With live blues music played every night you’re in store to hear some awesome riffs.

Building momentum over the years, this event has made Clarksdale a major destination for music lovers. If you love the blues you gotta go to Clarksdale for Juke Joint fest at least once in your life.

One thing you need to know is that the town is small so all the accommodations get booked about a year in advance. When I decided to go to Juke Joint kind of last minute the closest room I could find was almost an hour away. But here’s a tip for you, call the Hampton Inn Clarksdale and ask to be put on the waitlist. That’s what I did and I got a room reservation just 9 days before Juke Joint Festival started. Because people are booking a year in advance their plans can change and the hotel get several cancellations each year, so that’s your best bet to get a last minute hotel room for the festival.

Henry 'Gip' Gipson playing guitar and Red Paden owner of Red's Blues Club Clarksdale juke joint.

Red’s Lounge Clarksdale Mississippi

 

5.  Washington, DC

Washington DC is hands-down one of the most beautiful places to visit in April. What makes it so special? The weather is warm, sunny, and normally low humidity. The birds are chirping, bees buzzing, and flowers blooming, making every view of the sites even more special.

What’s even more, the gorgeous cherry trees throughout the city are in full bloom painting the city pink. The Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in April and is not to be missed and that’s a big reason DC is one of the best places to go in April.

Cherry blossoms in bloom in April in Washington DC.

Washington DC

 

6.  Page, Arizona

With geological wonders to see in Page, Arizona like Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon it’s a must visit. While these amazing sites don’t really change throughout the year, the weather definitely does.

That’s why Page is one of the best places to visit in April. Temps in the 60s are perfect to get out and experience the magnificent landscape, especially Glen Canyon National Recreation Center. April is a popular time, so reserving guided tours and accommodations in advance is a must.

For a chance to see the sunlight streaming down through the red sandstone at Antelope Canyon you can book the Upper Antelope Canyon tour around midday. This is also the easiest tour because it’s basically flat with no stairs to climb and no ladders.

You can also tour Lower Antelope Canyon which is a bit more narrow and requires climbing a couple of staircases and some ladders inside the canyon.

I did both tours and I preferred the lower canyon because I felt it had more photo opportunities but both tours were fantastic, well organized, fun, and informative.

Read my full list of things to do in Page Arizona

Antelope Canyon tour Page Arizona weekend trip.

Antelope Canyon Page Arizona

 

7.  Zion National Park, Utah

With its incredible Narrows and Angels Landing, Zion National Park is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in April. During the spring season you’ll love experiencing the colorful blooming plants and the brilliant blue waters from the melting snow at higher elevations.

Although Zion is the ideal place to visit in April, It’s a popular destination. So, get reservations and permits early. Snow melt can affect water levels making some trails difficult or off limits. And remember you do need a permit to hike Angels Landing so print or download your permit before you begin the hike.

Also, if you’re not into doing the challenging hikes at the park don’t worry there are plenty of easy hikes at Zion suitable for all types of hikers.

And beyond the most popular side of the park there is a lesser visited portion of Zion National Park call Kolob Canyons, about 1 hour driving time. This quieter side of Zion has some cool hikes like Taylor Creek and beautiful views at Timber Creek Overlook.

Scenic red rock mountain landscape at Zion National Park Utah

Kolob Canyons Zion National Park Utah

 

8.  Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette is known as one of the happiest towns in the US. And with incredible Cajun and Creole food, music, and Southern hospitality it makes sense. It’s certainly one of my favorite places in all the USA!

With mild spring temps and outdoor events, it’s one of the best places to travel in April. If you’re traveling from the north it’s going to feel like summer. Southern Louisiana is another one of the beautiful warm places to visit in April. In fact, there are several day trips from Lafayette that I recommend if you really want to explore the region.

Don’t miss the annual Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette. The city is filled with food, music, art, and fun each April in celebration of everything Francophone. This is one of my fav food and music events in Lafayette, and it’s FREE to attend, how cool is that?!

Read my list of things to do in Lafayette for more fun and events around town.

Two alligators, one egret, and five frogs on a wood platform at Cypress Lake Lafayette LA.

Cypress Lake Lafayette Louisiana

 

9.  San Antonio, Texas

With mild daytime temperatures reaching into the ‘80s, San Antonio is an absolute delight in spring. Weather like this makes it easy to get out and explore this great city with all of its historical sites, restaurants, shops, and outdoor activities.

Start with a visit to The Alamo then enjoy wandering along the River Walk and stopping to sample the offerings at the restaurants or shop for souvenirs. La Villita Historic Village is another fun place in San Antonio on the southern bank of the River Walk.

When you get tired of walking, no problem, hop on a river cruise and enjoy the scenery from a new perspective out on the water.

Fiesta San Antonio is one of the biggest events in the city in April with parades, races, cookoffs, live music, rides, and games. No wonder San Antonio is one of the best places to visit in April.

San Antonio River Walk with river taxi and people dining al fresco under colorful umbrellas.

River Walk San Antonio Texas

 

10.  Chattanooga, Tennessee

Known for its awesome outdoor adventure in and around the city, Chattanooga is one of the best places to travel in April. Spring temps normally get up into the ‘70s making it ideal weather to spend your days enjoying everything and anything outdoors.

You’ll love Chattanooga with its restaurants and museums. But in April it’s all about the great outdoors by hiking Lookout Mountain, strolling along the Riverwalk Parkway, and enjoying Coolidge Park or Walnut Street pedestrian bridge.

I absolutely LOVED Chattanooga in April because the weather was simply perfect for exploring around town and hitting the hiking trails. If you want to do a cool hike in town check out the Greenway Farms and Dog Park where you can hike along the North Chickamauga Creek or rent a kayak and get out on the water.

Lookout Mountain cannon overlooking Chattanooga TN.

Lookout Mountain Chattanooga Tennessee

 

11.  Port Townsend, Washington

For one of the most picturesque seaside towns on the West Coast, head to Port Townsend, Washington. This lovely town is a wonderful place to visit just about any time of year, but it’s really something special in the springtime.

Located about two hours from Seattle, but with less dreary weather in springtime. Instead, you’ll love strolling through town with its beautiful Victorian architecture, kayaking in the bay and exploring Fort Worden State Park.

I loved PT in April because I could walk to a lot of places in town and it’s surrounded by water on three sides so you’re always close to the sea. If you hike out to North Beach you can visit the glass beach and look for treasures, just be sure to check the tide tables first.

If you want to explore the wilderness it’s only a few hours’ drive to Olympic National Park. Here, you’ll find lush rainforest, spectacular hiking trails, and beautiful beaches. Definitely bring your rain jacket while exploring the park, April is the tail end of rainy season for the Olympic National Park.

Lighthouse in Port Townsend WA

 Point Wilson Lighthouse in Port Townsend Washington

 

12.  Grand Canyon, Arizona

A great time to visit the Grand Canyon is mid spring. Mild temperatures mean you’ll likely avoid major winter storms and the scorching summer heat. Making it one of the best places to visit in April.

Because the North Rim isn’t open until later in the season, you’ll find spring crowds at the South Rim. But don’t let this stop you. April is a great time to experience the Grand Canyon. Just be sure to plan ahead.

Once you arrive at the South Rim you can utilize the free shuttle buses to get around so you don’t need to drive.

While at the Grand Canyon the first thing you’ll want to do is take in the majestic views from overlooks along the South Rim. Hikers will want to spend some time on the trails. Rim Trail is an easy hike while Bright Angel and South Kaibab are steep hikes.

Other key attractions at the South Rim include several buildings by the magnificent architect Mary Colter including Desert View Watchtower, Hopi House, Lookout Studio, Hermits Rest, and Bright Angel Lodge.

You can learn how the Grand Canyon was formed at Yavapai Geology Museum. Here you’ll find great views of the canyon. a cool gift shop, and informative displays including a large topographic relief map.

When you get hungry there are several hotel and lodge restaurants as well as casual cafes and snack bars.

Whether you  spend a day, a weekend, or a whole week at the Grand Canyon you won’t run out of things to do at this majestic geologic wonder in Northern Arizona.

South Rim Grand Canyon Arizona

South Rim Grand Canyon, Arizona

 

13.  Key West, Florida

If you’re looking for places to visit in April that are a fast track to summer, set your sights on Key West. This tropical paradise is exactly what you need to melt away the winter blues.

Key West is one of the best places to go in April when you’re seeking sunshine and warm weather. What’s not to love when the daytime temps reach into the 80s and water temps in the upper 70s?

For those who love snorkeling you’ll find plenty of options for venturing out to the coral reef. Later, if you prefer to stay on the water without getting wet then a sunset sailboat cruise may be just want you need finish up the day.

In Key West it’s all about having fun in the sun and relaxing with a cocktail in hand. No passport needed!

Key West sunset.

Key West Florida

 

14.  Maui, Hawaii

In Hawaii the temps are consistently perfect year round. So, when visiting in the spring you’ll find weather in the low 80s and water in the upper 70s. No wonder it’s considered a tropical paradise and one of the best places to travel in April.

Although whale watching season is winding down in April, you still have a good chance to see some. Let the experts help spot them on a whale watching boat tour.

Don’t miss the extraordinary experiences of driving the scenic Road to Hana and visiting Haleakala National Park.

Haleakala Maui.

Haleakala National Park in Maui Hawaii

 

15.  Savannah, Georgia

Savannah is a delight in the springtime and one of the best places to visit in April. You’ll find ideal weather with temps in the upper 70s and 80s and lower humidity.

The beautiful spring weather makes it easy to spend time outdoors exploring the historic city, kayaking and enjoying events like the Sidewalk Arts Festival and Savannah Music Festival. Making Savannah extra special in April are the blooming flowers like magnolias and jasmine.

Savannah Georgia fountain with moss covered oak trees on either side.

Savannah Georgia

 

Summary: Best Places to Travel in April in USA

From coast to coast there’s so much to do in the US during the spring. This list of the 15 best places to visit in April has it all. No matter if you’re looking to escape to tropical paradise or hit the slopes one last time before the snow is gone, you’ll find it on the list.

Remember that every year the weather patterns are going to be different so always bring a lightweight waterproof rain jacket and clothing layers that you can adjust according to your comfort level and the weather.

Happy travels!

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