"April showers bring May flowers"
01 London, England
While April lands during the peak tourist season in London, it is the best time to visit for the spring blooms and mild weather conditions. Your only downside will be the flood of other tourists who also love to visit London in the spring.
But in fairness, London is quite crowded pretty much every month of the year. If you are going to pay a premium for accommodations, you may as well visit when the weather is comfortable and the gardens are in full bloom. Kew Gardens is unmissable at this time of year, and you'll want to carve out some time to wander through Hyde, Regent, and Richmond Parks.
April is a great time to take advantage of the best scenery, from the top London attractions like the Tower of London and the beauty surrounding Buckingham Palace and Kensington Gardens.
02 Ella , Sri Lanka
It’s a good month to get away from the coastal cities and head up to the Central Highlands to cool off. The Central Highlands are affected by both the Southwest and Northeast monsoons, so the weather there is variable; there are no defined “wet” and “dry” seasons. Hill stations have cool weather throughout the year.
It’s also a good time to visit the east of Sri Lanka. This region will be fairly dry at this point, but slightly cooler than in later months.April is one of the last months of the Adam’s Peak pilgrimage season, so visitors to the Central Highlands can consider trekking up this sacred mountain overnight. Otherwise, there are plenty of other areas that are good for hiking, including Horton Plains National Park, and the mountains surrounding the town of Ella. Sri Lanka’s mountains are covered in rich, green tropical forests. The region is home to a variety of wildlife, as well as breathtaking scenery. Note that poisonous snakes live in Sri Lanka, so it’s important to wear proper footwear and be careful.
Travelers can also check out some of the tea estates around Nuwara Eliya. This picturesque mountaintop city is notable for its many grand vacation homes built during the British colonial period. Its high elevation means it has some of the coolest weather in the country—bring a sweater, or buy one at the local Winter Market.
03 Venice, Italy
April is a great month to visit the historic Italian city of Venice. The weather is comfortable, with spring temperatures starting to emerge and less humidity than in the summer months. You'll be able to enjoy dining on your homemade pasta al fresco, as long as you pack a sweater, that is.
As for tourists, the boom does not start for several months, so you will still have plenty of elbow room to enjoy local attractions and gondola rides along the Grand Canal. Take advantage of fewer crowds as you explore St. Mark's Square and St. Mark's Basilica.
April is a beautiful time to see Venice, and hotel rates are still at a lower level than in the busy summer tourist season.
04 Yangzhou, China
Yangzhou is one of the best places to travel in April. The reason is made clear as soon as you catch sight of its stunning flowers and rare and ancient bonsai trees. During April, everything in Yangzhou blossoms into an Instagram-worthy glory.
A popular Chinese destination, Yangzhou lies in the Jiangsu Province, which borders the Yangtze River. The city is known for its gardens, like the Ge Garden and the elaborate floral displays on offer at Slender West Lake. There are also more than 200, centuries-old miniature private gardens located throughout the ancient city.
Beyond the colorful variety of flowers throughout the city and in the public gardens, Yangzhou is known for its history of producing scholars, poets, artists, and famous geishas. You can find outdoor evening performances among the gardens at Slender West Lake and enjoy a cultural experience detailing the city's history through music, dance, and poetry.
05 Amsterdam, Netherlands
By April, winter's icy chill has left Amsterdam, making it a more enjoyable time to wander around the Dutch city's iconic canals and interesting neighborhoods. While you may run into a spot of rain, Amsterdam's impressive museums, like the Ann Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, and Rijksmuseum, are the perfect places to take cover.
Temperatures hover in the high 50s Fahrenheit but can jump, so layers are your best bet. Aim to be here for King's Day on April 27th if you want to see the city decked out in all its orange glory. Decorated boats pack the canals, live music is pumped through the streets, a city-wide market opens, and plenty of delicious treats are on offer.
Wander through colorful Jordaan, enjoying its unique markets, boutique shopping, and tasty restaurants before boarding a boat cruise. The NEMO Science Museum is especially worthy of a visit, if only to gaze at the creative contemporary design.
06 Lake Tahoe, California
If you have a hard time letting go of winter and want to push your skiing opportunities out as long as possible, an April trip to Lake Tahoe is in order. This recreational area in the Sierra Nevada Mountains sits on the state line between California and Nevada, where the snowcapped mountains enable skiing to last later than most places in the United States.
The hard-core snow bunnies can take advantage of the cool daytime temperatures to log a few more runs on the slopes. The other advantages of visiting Lake Tahoe in April are the smaller crowds and lower prices as the ski season comes to an end. You may also find cheaper prices at luxury resorts around Lake Tahoe.
There are many Lake Tahoe ski areas and resorts that have ski trails, and some have even remained open until June in some years.
07 Kyoto, Japan
The top reason to travel to Kyoto, Japan in April can be summed up in two words: cherry blossoms. Kyoto cherry blossoms begin in mid to late March and peak in April, when the blooms are spectacular and the city fills with an unforgettable fragrance.