Beat the summer heat (and the crowds) by vacationing during the pinnacle of spring.
As temperatures start to warm up, it’s time to plan a trip that takes full advantage of the great outdoors. Right before peak summer crowds flood favorite beach destinations and temperatures skyrocket, April offers the chance to explore popular cities in the off-season, or watch an artsy neighborhood come back to life after the dark winter months.
This April, Travel + Leisure is highlighting a few of the best destinations for off-the-beaten-path getaway. In southern Italy, you’ll find cheap hotel rates that make exploring the Amalfi Coast a cinch. Meanwhile, in a less-frequented corner of Vietnam, there’s a spectacular, untouched coastline that will appeal to adventure-seeking travelers.
There are high-spirited festivals taking place in cities like New Orleans, and on stunning islands like Koh Samui and St Maarten. In each of these destinations, locals take to the streets in April to pursue good old-fashioned fun — from mass water fights to world-class jazz performances. (Never been with a super soaker on the streets of Koh Samui? Well, now’s your chance.)
Whatever your taste, the month of April is your chance to view world-class art installations, dreamy cherry blossom displays, and tropical street festivals. It’s a chance to let loose and get lost. Below, find our picks for the 15 best places to travel in April.