April is one of the best months to visit countries that have a lot of activities to do. April in most continental countries means that the temperature is neither too hot, and neither too cold. Some days you will need a sweater, and others simply a long-sleeve shirt. Scotland is known for its heavy rainfall, so make sure you are bringing a light jacket and an umbrella. Scotland has some of the most breathtaking sites in the world, including its medieval infrastructure. There are many castles to see and explore incredible myths. Loch Ness, for example, is a famous lake in Scotland that is said to harbor the Loch Ness monster, a large amphibious creature that few have ever seen.
It is also home to the famous Kinloch Rannoch hill, which is the site of the famous Craig Na Dun shot for the Outlander series, based on a folklore tale of stones that could take a person back in time to a pivotal point in their past.
France is just right in April, the perfect temperature to be able to explore its many vendors, winding streets, and amazing climate. France is extremely different based on the city you go to, ranging from customs to the language itself. Many tourists see Paris for its history, national landmarks, famous bridges and ports, and, of course, the delicious cuisine. The south of France is well-known for its delicious wines and its amazing growing conditions for fresh restaurant produce. It is also said to have some of the most hospitable people in the world.
While the Eiffel Tower may be the primary reason for a visit to France, make sure to check out Notre Dame Cathedral, as it is one of the most breathtaking churches in the world.
Greece and Turkey are extremely close to one another, and many people elect to grab tours and itineraries that combine the two countries. Both are extremely rich and diverse in culture but have certain points throughout the country where there is not much to see due to the current political and economic landscape. Nevertheless, cities like Santorini, Crete, and Mytilene are popular romantic getaways, while mainland cities such as Athens and Sparta still house one of the deepest and oldest connections to society as we know it. Mount Olympus, the Pantheon Ruins, and the marble infrastructure will have you in shock and awe.
Turkey is much like Greece in appearance, but extremely different in culture and cuisine. Both countries have some of the highest-rated foods and health standards in the world, making Mediterranean cuisine one of the most well-known diets throughout the world. Turkey's unique position has given it a combination of European and Asian influences, exemplified by such places as the Hagia Sophia. This is the largest, and one of the only last remaining, places of worship that were both Christian and Muslim throughout periods of history. Check out the Grand Bazaar for some unique items, but make sure you bring your best haggling techniques!
Travel Triangle Rank
|Australia||18 - Byron Bay||Yes||Byron Bay Bluesfest at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, Cape Byron Lighthouse, Lighthouse Road, Arakwal National Park, Wategos Beach, Belongil Beach, Tallow Beach, Lennox Head.|
|Bolivia||19||15||Yes||Salt flats, volcanoes, scenic deserts, flamingos in the red lagoon, La Paz, Andes mountains, Amazon rainforest, Atacama desert, Lake Titicaca, Uyuni Salt Flat, Isla del Sol, North Yungas Road, Laguna Colorada, Ojos del Inca Laguna, Tiwanaku Madidi National Park.|
|Costa Rica||17 - Santa Teresa||Surfing and water sports, yoga, Pura Vida Surfers, Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Park, Montezuma Waterfall, Playa Hermosa.|
|Cuba||23||24||Sunshine and beaches, Havana night life, casas particulares (B&Bs), and paladares (in-home restaurants), Old Havana, Varadero, Trinidad, Guardalavaca, Playa Paraiso, Cayo Coco, Parque Nacional Vinales, Baracoa, The Malecon, Che Guevara Mausoleum.|
|Cyprus||3||Yes||Beaches, wildflowers and orchids.|
|Egypt||11 - Nile||Yes||Pyramids and Tut's tomb, river cruises, Alexandria, Cairo, Nile river cruise, Bedouin villages.|
|France||4 - Paris||4 - Paris||Flowers, fashion, all things French.|
|Greece||1 - Crete||8 - Crete||Yes||Beaches, mountain scenery, villages with fine foods, luxurious resorts and world-class cafes, Beaches of Crete, the Palace of Knossos, Agios Nikolaos, Chania, Samaria Gorge, Heraklion, Rethymnon, Heraklion Archaeological Museum.|
|Hong Kong||Yes||Food, hiking, nightlife.|
|Iceland||Yes||Whale-watching, puffins, rugged natural beauty|
|Indonesia||17 - Bali||12 - Bali||Chic beach towns, food, Tirta Empul water temple, lush greenery.|
|Italy||15 - Naples||3 - Rome | 7 - Naples||Naples - Cobblestone streets, street art, museums and castles, family workshops, architecture, food, Lungomare and Castle Ovo, Cappella Sansevero, Catacombs of San Gennaro, National Archeological Museum, Capodimonte Royal Palace and Museum, Galleria Borbonica | Rome - Vatican City, the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum, Centro Storico, the Spanish Steps.|
|Japan||22||Yes||Hanami festival, cherry blossoms, waterfalls, paper lanterns, Mount Fuji, Imperial Tokyo, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Historic Kyoto, The Island Shrine of Itsukushima, Temple City, Okinawa beaches.|
|Jordan||Yes||Desert wildflowers, Petra, the Dead Sea, Aqaba, Wadi Rum.|
|Maldives||Yes||Beaches, snorkeling, diving, watersports.|
|Morocco||6 - Marrakech||Almond blossoms, warmer weather.|
|Namibia||22||Yes||Beaches, the Skeleton Coast, Etosha National Game Park, Soussusvlei, the Namib Desert, Fish River Canyon, Cape Cross Seal Reserve.|
|Nepal||7||Scenic landscapes, cultural festivals, adventure sports, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Boudhanath Stupa, Pokhara, Annapurna Region. Chitwan National Park, Langtang Region.|
|Netherlands||2 - Amsterdam||6 - Amsterdam||Yes||Tulips and other flowers, King's Day celebrations, canals, chic hotels, cuisine, scenic neighborhoods, the Rijksmuseum, The Anne Frank Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, NEMO Science Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, Vondelpark, the Royal Palace, the Rembrandt House Museum..|
|Peru||Yes||Lima, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Amazon rainforest, Machu Picchu.|
|Philippines||13 - Boracay Island||Serene island attitude, retro hotels and restaurants, White Beach, Ariel’s Point, Puka Shell Beach, Diniwid Beach, Willy’s Rock, Crocodile Island.|
|Portugal||5 - Madeira | 7 - Lisbon||Yes||Madeira - Flowers, forests and waterfalls, more than 20 species of whales and dolphins, hiking, natural wonders, Monte Palace Madeira, Pico do Arieiro, Cape Girão, Santa Catarina Park. | Lisbon - Flowers, food, art, markets, rooftop bars and pools, scenic countryside, the Algarve.|
|South Africa||Yes||Desert safaris, surfing and beaches, sightseeing, birdwatching, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.|
|Spain||10 - Seville||5||Orange blossoms; parades; Holy Week/Easter/Feria de Abril celebrations; beaches; mountain ranges; scenic hiking trails along cliffs, coves, and coasts; Roman ruins and cathedrals, food.|
|Sri Lanka||9||Yes||Dambulla Cave Temple, Yala National Park, Arugam Bay, Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa, Galle, Jaffna, the Commonwealth War Cemetery, Kandy, Knuckles Mountain Range.|
|Switzerland||21 - Zermatt||1||Yes||Skiing, often in both fresh powder and sunny 60°F weather, picturesque terrain and hiking, the Matterhorn, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Lake Geneva, Lucerne, St. Moritz, Bern, Zurich, Oberhofen Castle, Gornergrat Railway, Gorner Gorge, Trümmelbach Falls.|
|Thailand||8 - Thai New Year||Yes||Thai New Year is five days long and takes place in mid-April, highlighted by massive public water fights. Additional attractions include beaches, island resorts, wellness retreats, lavish hotels, Pattaya Floating Market, Safari World Zoo, the Grand Palace, Khao Yai National Park, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, and Khao Sok National Park.|
|Turkey||9 - Turkish Coast||2 - Antalya||Yes||Turkish Coast - Sunshine; bougainvillas; Scenic forests, wildflowers, and Roman ruins on the Lycian Way. | Antalya - Beaches, Old Town, Old Harbor, Antalya Museum, Yivli Minare, Hadrian’s Gate, Roman Fortress, Aspendos, Termessos, Perge. | Cappadocia - fairy chimneys | Istanbul -|
|United States||12 - Florida | 13 - California | 18 - Charleston | 20 - Texas||16 - Grand Canyon (Arizona) | 19 - Chicago (Illinois) | 20 - San Francisco (California) | 25 - Texas | 26 - Florida||Yes||Florida - Beaches, watersports, outdoor adventures, pool parties, tours through mangrove swamps, Miami's art district, Kennedy Space Center, Universal Studios, Miami Beach, Art Deco District, Everglades National Park, Daytona 500 International Speedway, SeaWorld. | California - Coachella music festival, Palm Springs, beaches and swimming pools, San Francisco (flowers, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cable Trams, Golden Gate Park, Chinatown, Legion of Honor, Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium, the Walt Disney Family Museum). | Charleston - Jazz clubs, cobbled streets, seafood and cuisine, the Festival of Houses and Gardens. | Texas - Festivals, parties and music, food and drink, mild desert temperatures for hiking. San Antonio’s River Walk, The Alamo, Space Center Houston, Big Bend National Park, Padre Island National Seashore, The Texas State Capitol, Guadalupe Mountains National Park. | Arizona - Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon Village, Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail). | Illinois - Chicago (flowers, festivals and events, architecture, Lake Michigan, Art Institute of Chicago, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Museum of Science and Industry, Buckingham Fountain, Willis Tower SkyDeck). | Utah - Desert hikes, Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Arches National Park, hiking in Bryce, Salt Lake City ski resorts.|
|Vietnam||14||Indigenous crafts, cultural attractions, cuisine, caves and mountains, Ho Chi Minh City, Ha Long Bay, Hanoi.|
|Zambia||16||Yes||Victoria Falls, wildlife viewing in South Luangwa National Park, Lake Kariba, Kafue National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park, Kasanka National Park, Liuwa Plain National Park, Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.|
Many countries are great to visit during April because of the nice weather, but many prefer to visit Scotland, France, Turkey, or Greece during the month of April.