The 8 best destinations to visit in April
April is a month of renewal and rejuvenation as the world begins to shake off the winter chill and embrace the warmth of spring.
With this change of seasons comes a range of exciting travel opportunities, from taking advantage of Europe's spring shoulder season with its cooler temperatures and fewer crowds to experiencing vibrant cultural events like Istanbul's Tulip Festival. Also, many U.S. destinations are blooming (literally).
While you can score some great deals this month, it also marks spring break for many families. As a result, typical beachy destinations might be crowded and pricey.
With that in mind, we chose locales that strike a balance between shaking off those winter blues and taking it easy on your wallet. Here are TPG's eight best places to visit in April.
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Ah, April in Boston, when the air warms with the promise of a new season, and the city buzzes with the excitement of two of its greatest events — the Boston Marathon and the start of baseball season.
Imagine yourself amid the throngs of baseball enthusiasts, gathering in reverence at the hallowed Fenway Park, the oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, for the opening game of the Boston Red Sox on March 30.
For those who've trained for months or seek to cheer on loved ones, the Boston Marathon is a testament to the human spirit. Also, the enchanting cherry blossoms along the Charles River Esplanade and the colorful pansies and tulips in the Boston Public Garden offer a feast for the eyes and a symphony for the senses.
TPG tip: In the heart of the city in the Kenmore Square-Fenway neighborhood, steps from the ballpark, Hotel Commonwealth offers exclusive game-day experiences and popular baseball-themed and Fenway-facing guest rooms. Stay in the Fenway Park Suite or Baseball Suite, surrounded by Red Sox memorabilia.
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Rates for Hotel Commonwealth start from $384 or 25,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points per night.
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Egypt's beaches are considered some of the most stunning, for a good reason. Ideal weather conditions before the summer temperatures set in create some of the world's clearest and most pristine waters.
In April, visitors will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in this fascinating country's rich history and ancient ruins, visiting iconic sites like the pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza, the magnificent Luxor Temple and the intriguing Valley of the Kings.
Visitors can enjoy a more relaxed and intimate experience, taking in the beauty of the surroundings without the hustle and bustle of large crowds. Egypt's vibrant culture is on full display, with a rich tapestry of traditions and customs that are a feast for the senses.
TPG tip: Book a stay at Hilton Pyramids Golf for around 20,000 Hilton Honors points or $89 per night, and you'll be just minutes from Giza's iconic landmarks.
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If you're looking for a lively and culturally rich destination, look no further than San Antonio in April.
This is the time of year when the city is transformed by its largest celebration, Fiesta. This annual festival traces its roots back to 1891, and it's one of the largest in the United States and is a true testament to San Antonio's rich Latin heritage and culture.
From April 20-30, visitors can enjoy various special events, parades and concerts that showcase the city's heritage and traditions. San Antonio is an ideal place to visit in April because of its mild weather, blooming flowers and the famous San Antonio Spurs, which host a yearly basketball game.
TPG tip: Thompson San Antonio — Riverwalk (around $263 or 23,000 World of Hyatt points) is a modern retreat soaring 20 stories above San Antonio's celebrated River Walk. It beautifully captures the contemporary spirit of this historic Texas city.
Spring is an excellent time to visit Turkey, especially for those who appreciate the beauty of nature and ancient history.
The Istanbul Tulip Festival takes place in April, featuring a monthlong celebration of tulips with colorful displays and tulip-themed events.
Additionally, the milder weather during the month allows for a leisurely stroll through one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities, showcasing the country's rich history and cultural heritage. It's also an ideal time to visit wineries and sample local wines, as the weather is perfect for outdoor tasting experiences.
Visiting Turkey in April also offers more affordable prices than in the summer months, as cruise passengers generally do not arrive until later in the year.
TPG tip: Make InterContinental Istanbul your home base from $194 or 39,000 IHG One Rewards points per night for a spot central to all the action.
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Ojai, California, is a must-visit destination in April.
The city's pixie tangerine season is at its peak, making it the perfect time to indulge in the sweet, seedless citrus native to the region. These tangerines are grown primarily on small, independently owned farms, allowing visitors to taste the fruit that is only available for a short time and primarily in the local area.
To add to the charm, Ojai is gorgeous in April, with budding lavender fields and fresh spring blooms that provide a stunning backdrop for visitors.
TPG tip: On 220 verdant acres in Ojai, the iconic Ojai Valley Inn is the prime location for pixie tangerine enjoyment and is available from $709 a night. Or, use your Marriott Bonvoy points and stay a few miles away at Ventura Beach Marriott for 30,400 points or $257 a night.
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This paradise is barely farther from the U.S. than Hawaii — and far less crowded.
Pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters and awe-inspiring landscapes — French Polynesia offers fewer crowds and a more intimate escape than other popular tourist destinations.
In April, the weather is warm and inviting — optimal for soaking up the sun and enjoying a wide range of outdoor activities. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation or both, French Polynesia offers something for everyone — from exploring the lush jungles and vibrant coral reefs to lounging on the beaches and soaking in the natural beauty.
With its breathtaking scenery, warm weather and abundant activities, French Polynesia is a must-visit paradise for anyone looking for an unforgettable vacation experience. A trip to French Polynesia will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
TPG tip: This is the time to use those Marriott Bonvoy points. You can stay at The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort for 120,000 points or $3,000 a night. You can also book Hilton Hotel Tahiti for as low as 80,000 Hilton Honors points per night.
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Ozark Mountains, Missouri
Guests traveling to the Ozark Mountains region in April will experience the vibrant pink and white blooms of the dogwood tree, native to the Midwest and Missouri's official state tree. It's an indication that spring has officially sprung.
Plan an excursion to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and book a Flowering Dogwood Tour across the park's 10,000 acres in an off-road adventure covering 4 miles of trail with plenty of photo ops and wildlife spotting.
April's warmer temperatures also help create ideal conditions for outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and camping. The Ozark Mountains are also home to several scenic lakes and rivers, providing opportunities for water-based activities like kayaking and swimming.
Additionally, the region is home to charming small towns, historic sites and fun local events.
TPG tip: With 4,600 acres and dogwood trees scattered across the property, Big Cedar Lodge (available from $225 per night) is a spring bloom destination. Or, book a room at The Lodges at Timber Ridge for around 18,000 World of Hyatt points ($168) per night.
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April is the perfect time to visit Palawan, Philippines, as it falls in the heart of the dry season. With clear skies and sunny weather, the Philippines' spectacular islands are most beautiful, and remote areas are fully accessible.
The temperatures in April, ranging between 79 and 93 degrees Fahrenheit, are ideal for lounging on a remote island and enjoying various outdoor activities.
Visitors can explore the Palawan archipelago, including a visit to the Pearl Farm of Jewelmer, where a renowned jeweler nurtures the golden South Sea pearls in the Philippines. A chartered helicopter will take guests there for a unique and unforgettable experience.
TPG tip: The luxury resort Amanpulo (around $1,500 per night) offers a variety of experiences, from aquatic adventures like kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking, to on-shore activities like tennis, cycling, bird watching and a jungle obstacle course. For a more affordable stay, opt for Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel, which runs from about $135 a night.
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