The 8 best places to visit in April

Mar 16, 2022

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The weather is finally warming up, and the flowers are blooming. So, you know what that means? Spring break!

April is when many people look to get away after a long winter and before the summer rush. Unfortunately, though, that can create a busy travel month. This is especially true since many people have put travel on hold for the past couple of years. In fact, spring break bookings for 2022 have increased by a staggering 134% over 2021 bookings, according to new data by travel insurance and assistance provider Allianz Partners.

This comes as COVID-19 cases continue to decline around the world, countries relax travel requirements and there is hope that children under 5 could soon be getting their first vaccine dose.

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 Still, it’s important to remember the virus is still present, and restrictions could change at any moment. That’s why it’s key to review the latest recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical experts and any international countries you plan to visit to ensure your vacation plans go off without a hitch.

While you can certainly follow many other Americans who are planning trips to warm-weather destinations such as Mexico and Florida, there are plenty of other great places to visit with fewer crowds. Where should you go? Here are the eight best destinations to visit in April.

Santa Barbara, California

(Photo courtesy of El Encanto/Facebook)

April is arguably the best time to visit this California beach town. Temperatures are comfortable, reaching an average high of 70 degrees during the day, and the city is buzzing with events. Through May of 2022, the Southern California hot spot is hosting a citywide celebration of Vincent Van Gogh tied to the West Coast debut of “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources” at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Also, the Santa Barbara Bowl’s highly anticipated 2022 concert season kicks off in April.

TPG tip: In addition to culinary and art activations throughout the city, El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel, is introducing a Van Gogh-inspired guest package, Visions of Vincent Van Gogh, and monthly activations open to the community and guests.

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Coeur d’Alene is the ideal destination for a mix of outdoor and urban activities. First, the lake town is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Hike or bike alongside the 23-mile-long North Idaho Centennial Trail. Then, gather your family for an action-packed adventure and blast through whitewater on a guided rafting and fishing trip with outfitters like Coeur d’Alene Adventures.

Next, treat your palate to six different tastings and attend Coeur d’Alene’s Wine Extravaganza, which takes place on April 9. Additionally, Art Walks take place on the second Friday of each month, starting in April.

TPG tip: After a day of exploring Coeur d’Alene, end the evening in One Lakeside’s comfortable and spacious multiroom suites, perfect for unwinding and refreshing. Or, book a room at Staybridge Suites Coeur D’alene for around 29,000 IHG Rewards a night.

Rio de Janerio, Brazil

Since there aren’t as many crowds in April, you can easily see hot spots in Rio like Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach.(Photo by Christian Adams/Getty Images)

If you’re looking to save money but still want a beachy getaway, Rio de Janeiro is an excellent choice in April. A new study by Bounce revealed that you could expect savings of 483% over the spring break period when it comes to hotel rooms. A night in a hotel will cost you an average of $469 in June, while this figure drops to just $80 in April, making it the cheapest time of year to visit. Also, since there aren’t as many crowds, you can easily see hot spots like Christ the Redeemer and Copacabana Beach.

TPG tip: Save even more cash by using points to book a hotel room at Hilton Rio de Janeiro Copacabana from 28,000 Hilton Honors points per night, or the JW Marriott Rio de Janerio, which has a Marriott PointSavers deal from 32,500 points per night.

Daufuskie Island, South Carolina

While the crowds will be heading to tropical islands, you should consider a different (and arguably more unique) one: Daufuskie Island. Overtourism and human impact are virtually nonexistent on the island with no bridge, which is called home by fewer than 500 full-time residents.

Despite some progress and development, most of the island has remained untouched to preserve the local Gullah culture. Plus, flights are very reasonable during April. Fly round trip from the New York City area to Hilton Head for 15,000 American Airlines points. It’s only 24,000 AAdvantage points from Chicago and 25,000 from Houston.

TPG tip: While you can stay on the island, only vacation home rentals are available. However, you can stay at nearby ​​Hotel Details for Home2 Suites by Hilton Hilton Head from 50,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

Lexington, Kentucky

Visitors can tour dozens of championship thoroughbred farms with Visit Horse Country in Lexington.(Photo by Wsfurlan/Getty Images)

While you’ll want to head to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby in May, Lexington, Kentucky, is the place to go in April. Over the last two years, the city has undergone a complete renaissance and is gearing up to welcome visitors with signature experiences (such as the Spring Race Meet at Keeneland Race Course) and an abundance of new culinary and cultural offerings.

In April (ahead of the Kentucky Derby), all eyes in the equine industry are set on Keeneland Race Course (located an hour from Churchill Downs). From April 8 to 29, Keeneland’s Spring Race Meet is where you can still don your race-day best and bet on Derby-qualifying races. After an exciting day at the track, guests can tour dozens of championship thoroughbred farms (including American Pharoah) with Visit Horse Country.

Don’t miss a chance to explore Kentucky’s famed bourbon distilleries and 120 locally-owned restaurants, Donut Trail and the newly created craft beer Brewgrass Trail.

TPG tip: There are plenty of hotel options, like Staybridge Suites Lexington, available from 20,000 IHG Reward points per night and the new Lexington Marriott City Center from 40,000 Marriott Rewards points a night.

Barcelona, Spain

Come April, Barcelona‘s temperatures hover in the mid to high 60s — pleasant conditions for strolling along the sunny beaches of Barceloneta and the cobblestone streets of the Gothic Quarter. Best of all, foot traffic should be minimal as the summer crowds have not yet descended.

As it’s still Barcelona’s shoulder season, visitors will benefit from lower prices on accommodations and shorter lines at Michelin-starred restaurants. April 23 marks the holiday of Sant Jordi in Catalonia, which is similar to Valentine’s Day. Ground zero for Sant Jordi celebrations is Passeig de Gràcia, lined with dozens of stalls selling books and roses. One of the most special tours is the Casa Batlló on Passeig de Gràcia, where Gaudí’s architecture depicts the legend of Sant Jordi.

TPG tip: Located just off Passeig de Gracia and within walking distance of the Sant Jordi celebrations, Almanac Barcelona is the perfect home base for exploring all the city has to offer.

Charleston, South Carolina

With mild temperatures, beautiful springtime blooms, and various cultural events and festivals, April is an ideal time to visit Charleston. (Photo by Tetra Images/Getty Images)

Yes, two South Carolina destinations made the list for April. With mild temperatures, beautiful springtime blooms, and various cultural events and festivals, April is an ideal time to visit the Holy City for a spring getaway.

Travelers can experience the Founders’ Day Festival (April 9), visit the city’s award-winning bars and restaurants during Charleston Cocktail Week (April 18 to 24), and find numerous farmers’ markets and garden tours. Of course, that’s in addition to the numerous local attractions like walking through the stunning French Quarter and Battery promenade or getting a history lesson at Fort Sumter.

TPG tip: Book a stay at one of the many luxury boutique properties in the heart of the Charleston Historic District, near the city’s top boutiques, galleries and restaurants, including the HarbourView Inn, which recently unveiled a refurbished rooftop with stunning views of the harbor. Or, spend a few nights at Homewood Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District from 70,000 Hilton Honors points per night.

The Maldives

In 1973, Tony Hussein, an Australian nomad searching for undiscovered surf, was shipwrecked 30 miles from Male. After being stranded for months, he built his own makeshift boat and discovered a perfect surf break among the atolls.

Since his discovery, stories about the Maldives surf have slowly trickled out. With the nation’s peak surf season beginning in April, now is the perfect time to plan your hang 10 holiday. Even if you’re not into surfing, it’s still a great month to visit as the weather is dry and sunny. You can also score round-trip flights from New York City for as low as $726, according to a recent Google Flight search.

TPG tip: Opt for Gili Lankanfushi, located near three top breaks, including the legendary “Jailbreak,” known for consistent waves. If you’ve saved up a lot of Hilton Honors points, you can get also reserve a water villa at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island from 584,000 per night.

Feature image of Catalonia, Spain by Artur Debat/Getty Images.

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