Table of Contents
- Best Places to Visit in the Spring in the USA (April Ideas)
- 1. Boston, Massachusetts for Baseball and History
- Things To Do in Boston in April
- 2. Lancaster, Pennsylvania for Culture and Hot Air Balloons
- Things To Do in Lancaster in April
- 3. Washington D.C for Cherry Blossoms and Free Museums
- Things To Do in Washington DC in April
- 4. Annapolis, Maryland for Cool Temperatures and Boating Activities
- Things To Do in Annapolis in April
- 5. Williamsburg, Virginia for Adventure Activities and History Buffs
- Things to Do in Williamsburg in April
- 6. Hilton Head, South Carolina for Golf
- Things To Do at Hilton Head
- 7. Macon, Georgia for Warm Places to Visit in April
- Things To Do in Macon in April
- 8. Delray Beach, Florida for a Beach Vacation
- Things To Do at Delray Beach in April
- 9. Columbus, Ohio for Springtime Blooms
- Things To Do in Columbus in April
- 10. St. Louis, Missouri for Art, Parks and Cherry Blossoms
- Things To Do in St Louis in April
- 11. Nashville, Tennessee for Music, Cherry Blossoms and Wine Festival
- 12. Natchez, Mississippi for Spring Pilgrimage
- 13. Skagit Valley, Washington for Colorful Tulips
- 14. Palm Springs, California for Warm Places to Visit in April
- 15. Santa Fe, New Mexico for Easter and Museums
- 16. Muskogee, Oklahoma for Azaleas Bloom
- 17. Burnet, Texas for Bluebonnets
- 18. Big Bend National Park, Texas for a Road Trip
- Final Thoughts
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Planning a vacation in April? With the long winter finally over, it feels like there are so many choices that narrowing them down seems impossible.
But with Spring Break and long Easter weekends, an April getaway is an absolute must!
Most of us want to flock to sunny and warm places like Southern California or Florida, but others aren’t afraid to wear their winter jacket a little longer and head up to New England.
Whether you’re looking forward to the blooms, small town charm, or just exploring somewhere new; we’ve got the best places to visit in USA in April detailed in this guide that will keep your itinerary full of fun things to do.
As always, we’ve outlined the temperatures in April for each location, the cultural festivals and events taking place, what the prices are compared to summer and why you might want to visit that destination.
Naturally, the Easter weekend will be more expensive than others and some places may close for Easter Sunday, consider this during your April trip planning.
If you’re planning your spring vacation a little earlier, check out our March guide.
If you are a student, here are our spring break ideas.
Best Places to Visit in the Spring in the USA (April Ideas)
1. Boston, Massachusetts for Baseball and History
Springtime in Boston means one thing – it is officially baseball season & Bostonians take their baseball very seriously so when Fenway Park opens in the beginning of April, Red Sox fans rejoice.
Even if you aren’t into sports, there is still a lot that you’ll want to do on your trip in April, especially if you’re interested in American history, gorgeous parks, and beautiful architecture.
April temperatures range from 37°F to 61°F (3°C to 16°C) with chances of rain so pack accordingly.
Hotel savings are around $25 per night compared to summer.
If you are traveling with your partner, check out the most romantic Boston activities in our guide to the best US getaways for couples.
Things To Do in Boston in April
- Freedom Trail- The Freedom Trail is the place to go to learn about the American Revolution; it is full of museums, churches, meeting houses, and burial sites that all tell a part of America’s story. This walking tour will get your started.
- Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum- For an interactive experience that tells the story of the crucial moment in American history, head to the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum where the whole family can have fun and learn at the same time.
- Do the self-guided Black Heritage Trail around Beacon Hill.
- Boston Public Garden- The first public botanical garden in the nation, the Boston Public Garden still shows its Victorian roots and is beloved by locals and visitors.
- North End- Boston’s most vibrant, oldest, and heavily Italian neighborhood, North End is full of pubs, cafes, bakeries, boutiques, iconic architecture, festivals, and more.
- Fenway Park Walking Tour – Whether you’re a Red Sox fan or don’t know much about them at all, this guided tour of historic Fenway Park will leave you ready to see the game; get your tickets to the tour here.
Boston also features in our guide, where to visit in the US in July.
2. Lancaster, Pennsylvania for Culture and Hot Air Balloons
Lancaster is an underrated vacation spot that is great for anything from a romantic weekend away to a family-friendly trip.
Step into the simpler life in Amish Country, check out the hottest spots downtown or find adventure for everyone at a theme park.
April temperatures range from 38°F to 67°F (3°C to 19°C) with a chance of rain so pack accordingly.
Some hotels are around $30 cheaper than summer prices but others are similar in price.
Things To Do in Lancaster in April
- Dutch Wonderland – Dutch Wonderland is a family-friendly theme park filled with magical moments in the rides, attractions, and shows.
- Tour Amish Country – See a 15-acre working farm and authentic farmhouse that an Amish family once lived in with stops to Amish roadside stands and a visit to an Amish BBQ barn; get your ticket here.
- Take a Balloon Ride – See Lancaster County from above with The United States Hot Air Balloon Team either during the day or night.
- Downtown Lancaster- Step away from the simpler ways and go for a drink, grab dinner, see the street murals, visit an art exhibit, go shopping, and more.
- Strasburg Rail Road – Ride through Lancaster County on America’s oldest operating railroad, Strasburg Rail Road, and see the countryside as you sit back and relax.
3. Washington D.C for Cherry Blossoms and Free Museums
With over 3,000 trees blooming, it’s no surprise that Washington D.C. is one of the best places to visit in the USA in April because of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The city hosts numerous events surrounding the blossoms, and many local restaurants, hotels, and businesses join in on the fun with cherry blossom themed offers.
You could come for a day trip or spend a week, but you’ll never get tired of looking at the magic of the pink and white trees – be sure only to look and not touch; it is against the law to pick them.
April temperatures range from 43°F to 71°F (6°C to 21°C) with a forecast of rainfall so pack accordingly.
There is a slight saving in Washington DC hotels in April compared to the summer months.
Things To Do in Washington DC in April
- The National Cherry Blossom Festival – There are so many events at the Cherry Blossom Festival like the Parade, Petalpalooza, and the Blossom Kite Festival, but you can hang out at the Tidal Basin to get the best view of the blossoms all season long (Early – Mid April)
- Cherry Blossom Festival Tour – If you want to see the best photos spots, learn some history and get a bit of exercise in too, take this guided bike tour.
- See the Murals of DC – Take yourself on a walk and see all of the colorful and vibrant murals throughout the city, be sure to include Columbia Heights, Union Market, and U Street.
- The Smithsonian National Postal Museum – The Smithsonian National Postal Museum is a free museum that showcases America’s history of written communication through stamps and postal artifacts.
- Recreation Pier at The Wharf – Get a cold drink or something to eat at one of the nearby bars, kick back, relax next to the water, and watch people
4. Annapolis, Maryland for Cool Temperatures and Boating Activities
Well known for being one of the prettiest and most charming towns, Maryland’s capital city is full of fun things to do around every corner, many of which are based around Chesapeake Bay.
Hailed as the Sailing Capital of the US, Annapolis is the ideal spot for boating and sailing enthusiasts and holds such much history and artistry.
April weather is usually cool and temperatures range from 43°F to 67°F (9°C to 16°C). It does rain in April so pack accordingly.
There is a slight saving of $15-35 per night for Annapolis hotels in April compared to the summer months.
Things To Do in Annapolis in April
- Downtown Annapolis – The romantic downtown area is the perfect mix of old East Coast charm and metropolitan shopping; with antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, and lots of places to eat, you could spend your whole day here. If it rains, which is probable in April, you could hop in and out of shops at Downtown.
- Go Boating- This city is surrounded by water, so it’s no surprise that it has a rich boating culture; you can charter a private tour, take a cruise, or rent a boat and try your hand at sailing it yourself.
- The Historic District – Annapolis is one of America’s most historic cities and is even called a “Museum without Walls” because of the sheer amount of 18th-century brick buildings; everywhere you look, there is something to see.
- Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show – The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show takes place at City Dock, the most well-known spot in Annapolis, where viewers can see dozens of different boats and can take some lessons as well.
- The Annapolis Arts District – Full of art galleries, museums, stores, salons, dining, and more, the Annapolis Arts District is full of colorful and lively things to do.
5. Williamsburg, Virginia for Adventure Activities and History Buffs
Perhaps the most popular place to relieve America as it once was, Williamsburg is home to Colonial Williamsburg, a fully immersive experience where “the future may learn from the past.”
If you’re searching for a vacation spot for golfers, adventure seekers, and American History lovers, Williamsburg will hit every mark.
Visit during Easter for a a choice of Easter egg scavenger hunts taking place at locations such as Peace Hill Farm, New Quarter Park and Lee Hall Mansion.
April temperatures range from 46°F to 76°F (7°C to 24°C) with a chance of rain so pack accordingly.
April accommodation can save you up to $50 per night compared to summer prices in Williamsburg.
Things to Do in Williamsburg in April
- Colonial Williamsburg- The largest outdoor museum in America, Colonial Williamsburg is a true chance to step back in time and see life as it once was; visitors can see the public armory, Governor’s palace, the public gardens, and eat in historic taverns.
- College of William and Mary – The College of William and Mary was built in 1693 and is the second oldest college in America; you can visit the grounds and see where many early U.S. Presidents were educated.
- Go Golfing – You can golf at many golf courses in Williamsburg, like the 175 acre Colonial Heritage Golf Course, or the traditional Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, or one of the many other choices.
- Busch Gardens Williamsburg – Take the whole family out for a day of adventure at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, where you can ride the coasters, play in the water park and see incredible live performances.
- Jamestown and American Revolution Museum – Get a one-week unlimited entry ticket to the Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown here.
6. Hilton Head, South Carolina for Golf
Any golf enthusiast will have a visit to Hilton Head in April on their bucket list, but there’s actually so much more to see and do once you step off of the green.
One of the best beaches in the US, Hilton Head, is only 30 miles away from Savannah, making it a perfect spot for a day trip.
Want to see more East Coast beaches? Check this guide out.
April temperatures range from 55°F to 78°F (12°C to 25°C) with a chance of rainfall so pack your waterproofs if golfing.
Things To Do at Hilton Head
- RBC Heritage golf tournament- The most significant thing happening in April is the PGA’s RBC Heritage golf tournament, which is frequented by golf A-listers of its 50+ year run; you can volunteer or get tickets to attend. (Mid-April)
- Explore the Bike Trails- With over 65 miles of trails to explore, Hilton Head has been designated a gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists; the trails are a great way to explore the island at your own pace.
- Hit the Beaches – With the weather warming up, the beaches will start seeing some action again; Coligny Beach is by far the most popular spot, while Burkes Beach is a quieter spot with fewer amenities – and fewer people.
- Do the self-guided tour of Mitchelville Freedom Park to learn about the formerly enslaved sea islanders of Hilton Head.
- Coastal Discovery Museum – The Coastal Discovery Museum is a free museum where visitors of all ages can see the giant oak trees, wander through the butterfly gardens, learn about Hilton Head’s historical figures, and more.
- Take a Sunset Cruise- Visiting an island is the perfect reason to take a private sunset cruise with your friends and family; kick back and take in the sights for two hours; get your tickets here.
Check out our guide to free things to do in Hilton Head Island if you are looking to save a bit of money during your trip.
7. Macon, Georgia for Warm Places to Visit in April
So much more than a warm place to visit in April, Macon will envelop you right into their culture as if you’ve lived here all along.
Just an hour south of Atlanta, Macon holds everything from stunning museums and historic landmarks, to local markets where you can truly get a taste of what the town has to offer.
Macon also features in our guide to the best places to visit in the US in March for its cherry blossoms and festival.
April temperatures range from 50°F to 80°F (10°C to 26°C) with a chance of rainfall so pack accordingly.
There is little difference in price for hotels when comparing April with the summer months in Macon.
Things To Do in Macon in April
- Every April, Fried Works exhibits functional and sculptural pottery featuring different artists each year.
- Just Tap’d is another popular spring event where craft beer fans sample beer while listening to live music in Downtown Macon.
- Hay House – In the middle of Macon stands the Hay House, an Italian Renaissance Revival Style historical landmark; you can visit via a guided tour or attend one of the many events hosted there.
- Tubman Museum – America’s largest museum dedicated to educating people about the art, history and culture of African Americans, the Tubman Museum is a must see.
- The Grand Opera House- The Grand Opera House holds over a century of music related history; today you can see films, performances, entertainers, concerts, and more in this stunning building.
- Visit a Local Market – Macon is home to several markets where you can get fresh, local produce and hand crafted items like Mulberry Street Market, and Wesleyan Market; or head to Smiley’s Flea Market where you can find hidden treasure.
- Georgia Sports Hall of Fame – One of the largest sports museums in the country, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is over 43,000 square feet large with over 3,000 artifacts for you to see.
8. Delray Beach, Florida for a Beach Vacation
One of the best spring vacations in the US for beachbums, Delray Beach is 50 miles north of Miami and still gives off small-town vibes with fun beach culture.
You’ll come here for the sandy beach, blue skies, and warm temperatures; but you’ll stay for the colorful and lively town and its inhabitants.
April temperatures range from 67°F to 83°F (19°C to 28°C).
Budget travelers can enjoy huge savings booking hotels at Delray Beach in April compared to July.
Some hotels are 50% cheaper during this spring month.
Things To Do at Delray Beach in April
- Hatsume Fair- The Hatsume Fair transforms the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens into a Japanese Festival with music, food, a costume contest, artisan booths, and more. (Early April)
- Atlantic Avenue- Delray Beach’s main street, Atlantic Avenue, is the place to go for unique shopping, restaurants, clubs, bars, souvenir shops, and more.
- The Big Apple Shopping Bazaar & Flea Market – If you want to visit New York but also really want to spend your vacation at the beach, just head to the NYC-themed Big Apple Shopping Bazaar & Flea Market, where you’ll get unique finds at discount prices.
- Cornell Museum- The Cornell Museum shows “nationally and internationally recognized, contemporary artists who create innovative and provocative works of art” and will captivate you every moment that you’re there.
- Delray Municipal Beach- You can’t visit Delray and not go to the Delray Municipal Beach; the 1.5 mile beach where visitors spend their time swimming, surfing, volleyball, sailing, wind surfing, or just napping on the sand.
Delray Beach also features in our guide to small beach towns on the East Coast.
9. Columbus, Ohio for Springtime Blooms
Sure it might still be a little chilly in Ohio in April, but just grab your scarf and head over to Columbus for a visit anyway.
See the springtime blooms, relive your college days, or jump into the art scene; Columbus has a lot to offer this spring.
April temperatures range from 39°F to 69°F (4°C to 20°C).
As to be expected, there is a good chance of rainfall so pack comfortable clothing.
Hotel savings are likely when comparing April bookings to summer in Columbus. Some hotels are $70 cheaper per night.
Things To Do in Columbus in April
- Ohio University – Not only does Ohio University have a fantastic display of Cherry Blossoms, but they also have been voted in the top 15 most beautiful college campuses, so stroll around the grounds with a cup of coffee and see why.
- Ohioana Book Festival – The Ohioana Book Festival gives book lovers the chance to come together and celebrate what they love most. Readers can speak with authors and attend panels, purchase books, and more. (Late April)
- German Village – Settled by German Immigrants in the mid 19th century, this historic district is full of historic buildings, coffeehouses, art galleries, and specialty stores and is popular with locals and tourists.
- Gallery Hop – A beloved Columbus tradition, the Gallery Hop takes place on the first Saturday of the month on the High Street in the Short North Arts District to celebrate art in any form with food, drinks, music, and more.
- Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens – There’s no better place than Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to see the blooms and butterflies.
10. St. Louis, Missouri for Art, Parks and Cherry Blossoms
On the border of Missouri and Illinois and along the Mississippi River is a city that never gets enough attention and is often overshadowed by nearby Chicago.
St. Louis is full of vibrant and fun things to see and do, with many of them being outdoor activities that let you experience the best of springtime weather and nature, including cherry blossoms!
April temperatures range from 43°F to 72°F (6°C to 22°C). Rainfall is common.
April and July prices are similar for hotel bookings.
Things To Do in St Louis in April
- The Gateway Arch- The most iconic park of St. Louis, The Gateway Arch, is a top attraction for all visitors; head 63 stories high to see the 30-mile radius view.
- Forest Park- One of the world’s most beautiful urban parks, Forest Park is 1,300 acres with a golf course, a planetarium, tennis courts, a zoo, art pavilion, history museum, theatre, and more.
- Take part in the annual Earth Day at Forest Park for food and fun yet educational activities.
- Citygarden- Right by the Gateway Arch, you’ll find Citygarden, a lush and green space filled with sculptures and art installations where the whole family can play, explore and see cherry blossoms
- Missouri Botanical Garden- The Missouri Botanical Garden is a year-round top spot to visit. Still, if you go in April, you’ll see the daffodils and tulips and the cherry blossoms in the Japanese Gardens in perfect bloom.
- Take a Trolley Tour – Take a tour of the city in an authentic trolley to see the top spots like Busch Stadium, The Gateway Arch, Downtown St. Louis, and more while learning all about the history behind it all; get your tickets here
11. Nashville, Tennessee for Music, Cherry Blossoms and Wine Festival
Music City is always a top destination year-round; with music, museums, and murals, everyone enjoys their trip to Nashville.
However, if you visit in April, you’ll get the bonus of the amazing Cherry Blossoms in their full bloom and the events that surround them.
April temperatures range from 47°F to 75°F (8°C to 23°C). Rainfall is common.
Savings on hotel prices can be enjoyed in Nashville in April compared to summer. Some hotels are $80 cheaper per night, others are similar in price.
Things To Do in Nashville, Tennessee
- Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival – The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the strong bond between Japan and Nashville with thousands of Cherry Blossoms, Japanese-inspired food, kid-friendly activities, plus it has events like a 2.5 mile Cherry Blossom Walk, live Japanese music, a Cosplay contest, and more. (Early April)
- Mural Walking Tour – Take yourself on a self-guided walking tour to see as many murals as you can; with over 100 in the city, there’s always something to see around the corner.
- Country Music Hall of Fame – You can’t visit Nashville and not go to the Country Music Hall of Fame; it is one of the world’s largest museums devoted to country music with hundreds of costumes, instruments, cars, and more on display.
- Nashville Wine & Food Festival- Get the best of the best of what this city has to eat and drink at the Nashville Wine & Food Festival alongside live music, talks, and lots of sampling. (Mid April)
- Grand Ole Opry- The Grand Ole Opry is a Nashville bucket list item, see a show there to complete your trip; get your ticket here.
- Visit Bell Meade and join the Journey to Jubilee tour and learn about the African-Americans who were brought to, and born at, Belle Meade from 1807 through the years following Emancipation.
Check out our guide to Nashville in fall for more.
12. Natchez, Mississippi for Spring Pilgrimage
When people think about Colonial American history, they usually flock to Boston or Philadelphia.
Still, Natchez is the oldest post-European settlement on the Mississippi (founded in 1716) and has a whole world of its own to come and see.
Southern Charm is modeled after this town, but it remains largely unknown and untouched by tourists… unless you visit during the Spring Pilgrimage that usually takes place from mid-March to mid-April – you know when it is spring in the USA when it’s time for the Pilgrimage.
April temperatures range from 53°F to 80°F (12°C to 26°C). Rainfall likeliness decreases as the month goes on but it is still advised to pack for wet spells.
There is not much difference in hotel prices in Natchez when comparing April with summer but prices are affordable.
Things To Do in Natchez in April
- The Spring Pilgrimage – During the Spring Pilgrimage, many Antebellum homes open their doors to visitors and staff in period costumes give tours, tell stories, and invite the guests to step back in time to learn about how life once was. Tobacco and indigo were grown at the Natchez plantations responsible for enslaving people. Remember this as you tour the mansions.
- Grand Village of the Natchez Indians – The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians is a 128-acre park with a museum, nature trail, and three prehistoric Native American mounds where visitors can learn about the life of the Natchez Indians from 700-1730.
- Natchez Bluff Trail – Walk the Natchez Bluff Trail for amazing views of the Mississippi River and learn about the town’s long history through the interpretive panels along the way.
- Natchez in Historic Photographs Gallery – With a requested donation of $5, you can see the visual side of Natchez’s history with over 150 years of photographs in the Natchez in Historic Photographs Gallery, showing everything from steamboats to family portraits.
- Natchez American Museum of History and Culture – Natchez is steeped in African American history and culture. The best place to learn about it is at the Natchez African American Museum of History and Culture.
13. Skagit Valley, Washington for Colorful Tulips
If April showers bring May flowers, something must have gotten crossed in the wires in Skagit; over one million people flock to see the millions of tulips in full bloom each April.
It is much easier (and cheaper) than a trip to Holland and the same – or even better – views of the rainbow of tulips, Skagit Valley is 70 miles north of Seattle, making it one of the top places to travel to the USA in the spring.
If gazing out into endless tulip fields isn’t enough for you, Skagit also has an abundance of festivities orchestrated around the event like a street fair, a gala, kids-geared events, and more, amongst tons of local fun to have as well.
April temperatures range from 41°F to 60°F (5°C to 15°C). Rainfall decreases as the month goes on but it is still advised to pack for wet weather.
Things To Do in Skagit in April
- Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – The height of your visit; includes art shows, a downtown street fair, craft stations for children, and more. (All April)
- Tour the Show Gardens- Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde are the two main spots for tulip-lovers. RoozenGaarde is the larger of the two; Tulip Town has food & drinks seating areas, trolley rides, and a marketplace; they each charge admission but have free parking.
- Little Mountain Park – Hike or bike through the 10 miles of forest in Little Mountain Park and see the views at the top from the two observations spots.
- Get a Drink – See how the local drinks are made and get a feel for the local culture at the There are plenty of spots to get a drink between the vineyards, brewery, and distillery.
- Take a Tour – If you’re planning on visiting from Seattle, you can book this tour to see the gardens, get lunch, and enjoy some local wine.
14. Palm Springs, California for Warm Places to Visit in April
Who doesn’t want to visit Palm Springs in April – or any time of year, for that matter?
Whether you want a USA spring break trip or just a quick weekend getaway, you can’t go wrong.
This is a place where you can relax in the sun, rock out at a music festival, enjoy the great outdoors and see the stars– literally.
April temperatures range from 56°F to 89°F (13°C to 31°C).
April and summer prices are similar for accommodation.
Things To Do in Palm Springs in April
- Coachella – This music and arts festival is world renown; Coachella is the place to be if you want to see the best musical acts and art installations. (Mid-Late April)
- VillageFest – Every Thursday evening, VillageFest takes over Downtown Palm Springs and turns into a night filled with artists, entertainers, designers, crafters, food and drink, and more.
- Pioneertown – Take a trip 30 miles north to spend the day at Pioneertown, created in the 1940s as a “Living Breathing Movie Set,” and is now loved by visitors from all over who reminisce in the charm of the Wild West.
- Palm Springs Stargazing – Have you ever seen the Milky Way? You can with Palm Springs Stargazing, and a whole lot more too!
- Joshua Tree National Park Van Tour- This driving tour of Joshua Tree National Park will show you all the must-see spots and learn all of the history behind the best national park to visit in April; get your tickets here.
Palm Springs also features in our guide the best US bachelorette destinations.
15. Santa Fe, New Mexico for Easter and Museums
Santa Fe, also known as “The City Different,” is precisely that; a place full of creatives merged with centuries of history right in the middle of some of the most beautiful landscapes you’ll ever see.
This is the place to be if you want to surround yourself with art and culture and people who can’t wait to share it all with you and is one of the best places to visit in the spring in the USA.
April temperatures range from 30°F to 67°F (-1°C to 19°C).
$50 per night savings can be made by booking Santa Fe in April instead of summer.
Things To Do in Santa Fe in April
- Enjoy Easter weekend at one of the 19 Pueblos in Santa Fe.
- At the end of April, The Gathering of Nations takes place in Albuquerque, an hour drive from Santa Fe.
- Meow Wolf – Meow Wolf was founded by Santa Fe artists and is full of immersive and interactive experiences for people of all ages to enjoy.
- Classes and Workshops – Take a class or join a workshop to harness your creative energy, learn how to cook a new dish, learn wilderness survival skills, and more.
- Georgia O’Keeffe Museum – Dedicated to the American artist, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum shows over 3,000 items of her artwork and her inspirations and creative process.
- Museum of Contemporary Native Arts – The only museum in America for “exhibiting, collecting, and interpreting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists,” the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts has over 9,000 works on display.
- Architectural Walking Tour & Wine Tasting- See Santa Fe’s Eastside neighborhood, see the classic New Mexican architecture on this tour, & finish off by tasting some locally-made wines; get your tickets here.
16. Muskogee, Oklahoma for Azaleas Bloom
If you want to get away to a town that’s under the radar but is full of history and charm, Muskogee might be your ideal US April getaway spot.
Plus, anyone who enjoys seeing thousands of colorful flowers in bloom has to come to the Azalea Festival, where azaleas, wisteria, tulips, and dogwood fill a 40-acre park.
April temperatures range from 37°F to 75°F (2.7°C to 23°C).
Hotel prices are similar in spring and summer at Mukogee but they are affordable.
Things To Do in Mukogee in April
- Azalea Festival- Celebrated all month long, the Azalea Festival in Honor Heights Park attracts worldwide visitors who come to see the 30,000+ azaleas in bloom along with the live entertainment, a parade, a variety of food vendors, and more.
- USS Batfish- Visitors can go inside and explore the USS Batfish, which once sank three enemy submarines; the WW2 submarine located in Muskogee War Memorial Park.
- Roxy Theater – Over 70 years old, the historic Roxy Theater was once just a cinema but now sees everything from local talent to professional touring acts along with showing beloved films.
- Five Civilized Tribes Museum- Celebrating and preserving the art, culture, and history of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee, and Seminole tribes, the Five Civilized Tribes Museum is housed in the Union Indian Agency Building, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
17. Burnet, Texas for Bluebonnets
If you want to kayak on the beautiful blue lakes, go cave exploring, and even see a castle, Texas Hill Country is the place!
But if you visit Burnet, Texas, (located 60 miles Northwest of Austin) in April specifically, you’ll see the bright blue rolling fields full of bluebonnets and celebrate them at the Bluebonnet Festival!
You may also like our guide to the best Texas beach towns.
April temperatures range from 53°F to 81°F (11°C to -.5°C).
Prices are similar across the Hill Country in spring and summer.
Things To Do in Burnet in April
- Bluebonnet Festival – Every second weekend in April, Burnet hosts the Bluebonnet Festival, complete with live music, parades, activities, rides, games, and more.
- Longhorn Cavern State Park – A great day out for the whole family, the Longhorn Cavern State Park offers three-hour guided cave tours for eight and over participants.
- Torr Na Lochs Vineyard- Tour the vineyards and have a glass or two at Torr Na Lochs Vineyard while overlooking Inks and Buchanan Lakes
- Falkenstein Castle – You don’t have to go to Germany to see a Bavarian castle; Burnet is home to Falkenstein Castle. While you can’t tour the castle, you can book out the six-bedroom castle to stay!
- Inks Lake State Park – The shining star of the 1,2000-acre Inks Lake State Park is the 803-acre lake where you can kayak, swim, fish, and more year-round, as well as hike, bike, and picnic on land.
18. Big Bend National Park, Texas for a Road Trip
Hike, swim and row over to Mexico at Big Bend National Park in West Texas.
For bluebonnets flowering by the side of the road, make April the month to visit.
April temperatures range from 53°F to 83°F (11°C to 27°C).
If you plan to do a multi-day hiking trip, check out our guide to the best national parks for backpacking.
Things to do at Big Bend in April
- Drive with the bluebonnets lining the side of the road.
- Hike the 201 miles of trails such as Dog Canyon. Remember to start early to avoid the midday sun and pack water.
- Soak in Boquillas hot spring next to the River Grande, it is free to access and you can park close to the hot spring.
- Get the boat to Boquillas in Mexico! Dine on Mexican food, drink a cerveza. Remember your passport. Cash only.
- Canoe through Santa Elena Canyon or stargaze at the black skies while you eating s’mores by the camp fire.
- Dine at the Starlight Theater at Terlingua, Texas ‘Ghost Town’ on the outskirts of Big Bend.
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April is such a great time for a USA vacation, especially if you love seeing the all of the flowers blooming (and who doesn’t love that?!)
With the worst of the winter behind us and the country finally getting to defrost, it means all 50 states can’t wait to welcome you back to show you the best that they have to offer.
From Washington to Florida and anywhere in between, use this guide and you can’t go wrong on this years getaway.