- Savvy travelers are gearing up for vacations in April.
- Business Insider looked at airfare trends, climate data, and peak travel times to find the best places to visit in April 2018.
- The destinations include natural wonders, food meccas, and cities that make a spectacle of flower-blooming season.
April is one of the best months for traveling – the ice is finally thawing, the flowers start to bloom, and in many places, you are a couple months removed from the heavy crowds that descend in the summertime.
The first full month of spring offers many unique travel experiences, from the serene blooming of cherry blossoms in Tokyo and Washington, DC, to the majestic Victoria Falls and the spicy culinary delights of Penang, Malaysia.
Business Insider looked at airfare trends, climate data, and peak travel times to figure out which vacation spots should be on your radar.
Read on to find 13 destinations you won’t want to miss in April:
Hundreds of thousands of tourists flock to America’s capital in April for the world-famous National Cherry Blossom Festival, which celebrates the blooming of the Japanese cherry trees the city received as a gift from Tokyo in 1912.
Attendance at the festival, which lasts three weeks and features events like a kite-flying display, an all-day concert, and a parade, has topped 1.5 million in recent years.
Apart from the festival, April is when Washington weather heats up to the low 70s Fahrenheit, making it perfect for an outdoor stroll around the National Mall or a free trip to a national park on April 21, the first day of National Parks Week.
Charleston, South Carolina
April is the perfect month for a trip to the Deep South, which gets uncomfortably hot deeper into the spring and summer.
In Charleston, it will be warm enough for trips to the beach and leisurely strolls through the city’s charming, historic, and — according to some — haunted streets. If you visit before April 21, you can tour some of the most stunning private houses and gardens in the city at the annual Festival of Houses and Gardens.
Kansas City, Missouri
April means the weather’s warm and the flowers are in bloom in the Midwestern hub of Kansas City.
The Heart of America is a great destination for family-friendly excursions to museums, parks, and the Kansas City Zoo, and is home to an underrated jazz scene and some of the best barbecue in the country.