25 BEST Places to Visit in April in the USA

It’s not yet summer, and winter is slowly ending in many places. April means spring throughout much of the USA! You can feel the weather getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the thought of shorts probably dance around your dreams. All in all, there are plenty of amazing places to visit in April in the USA.

From spring skiing in Utah to lounging on the beaches in Florida we have curated something for every traveler in the USA. Get ready for some amazing places without the summer crowds and prepare to visit one (or two) of these amazing destinations in the USA.

Best Places To Visit In April In The USA

1. Prescott, Arizona 

Prescott - Arizona (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

Prescott is a beautiful little town with big charm and one of the best times to visit is in April when the snow has melted, the temperatures are on the rise and the summer crowds haven’t arrived just yet. Temperatures fluctuate between a comfortable 67° to 75°F – truly, you can’t get much better than that!

Hiking in the Prescott National Forest is a popular activity in the area, but you can also enjoy kayaking and paddleboarding on Watson Lake and Goldwater Lake. After a long day spent outdoors, head to Whiskey Row, where you’ll find many restaurants and coffee shops serving up delicious meals and hot beverages.

For some time indoors, pay a visit to the Sharlot Hall Museum, which provides a captivating journey into Arizona’s past, showcasing the life and times of Sharlot M. Hall, an early pioneer and poet. The Museum of Indigenous People celebrates the diverse cultures of Native American communities, fostering understanding and appreciation. The Phippen Museum, dedicated to Western art, immerses art enthusiasts in the beauty and spirit of the American West.

2. Denver, Colorado

Denver – Colorado (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

While you won’t see hot temperatures in Denver in April, the temperatures reach a comfortable 65°F, perfect for hiking Red Rocks Park and many other trails. It’s also perfect weather for attending April festivals such as the Bluebird Music Festival, Regenerate Festival, and Mile High Beer Festival

3. Outer Banks, North Carolina

Outer Banks – North Carolina (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)
Beautiful Outer Banks

Extending for 200 miles along the coast, the Outer Banks is a great place to visit in April if you prefer milder temperatures and empty beaches. In April, the region hosts festivals including the Ocracoke Waterfowl Festival and Outer Banks Spring Restaurant Week. 

When not dining on that delicious, fresh seafood the area is known for, climb to the top of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, and admire the incredible coastal views or spend a day exploring Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Other wonderful attractions in the Outer Banks include the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Currituck Heritage Park Museum, Cape Hatteras Seashore, North Carolina Aquarium, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. 

4. Park City, Utah


Park City is one of the best places to visit in April in the USA if you want to combine winter activities with warmer weather activities. Park City Mountain Resort is one of the best Salt Lake City ski resorts and the ski hill still has plenty of snow in April. You may get a powder day, or you may enjoy some slushy spring skiing – depending on snowfall and temps!  When not on the slopes, the weather elsewhere tends to be mild with temperatures around 54°F. 

This is perfect weather to do some hiking on the Round Valley Trail System. Olympic Park is a fun place where you can enjoy ziplining, bobsled racing and Nordic jumping. Be sure to explore the Park City Main Street Historic District, where you’ll find beautiful architecture, restaurants and shops.

5. Natchez, Mississippi

Natchez - Mississippi (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

Fascinating history, vibrant culture, incredible outdoor adventures; this is what you’ll get in Natchez but in April, you’ll also get warm temperatures around 77°F, plenty of sunshine and empty streets.

Walk through the town and admire the beautiful Antebellum homes, head to Bluff Park and relax alongside the Mississippi River, or visit the attractions, including the African American History and Culture Museum, Grand Village National Historic Landmark, Rosalie Mansion and Gardens, and Natchez National Historical Park. 

6. Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho

Sawtooth Mountains - Idaho (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)
Sawtooth Mountains

The weather is up and down in the Sawtooth Mountains in April, but whether you like hiking or snowshoeing, you’ll be able to do plenty of one or the other!  This sprawling nature area features rocky peaks, alpine lakes, creeks and wildlife including bears, mountain goats, deer, elk, lynx and eagles. There are over 300 trails including Alpine Way Trail and Iron Creek Trail. 

7. Santa Catalina Island, California

Santa Catalina Island (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

Santa Catalina Island is known for its natural beauty and abundance of things to do. It’s also known for being a fabulous place to visit in April if you prefer comfortable temperatures instead of the hot ones the island sees in summer. Hiking, ziplining and exploring little beach towns are popular activities and the Annual Catalina Spring Art Fair & Craft Festival takes place in April. 

8. Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs 

Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)
The Garden of the Gods

Another place to visit for mild weather and fewer crowds is Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, easily one of the best places to visit in the American Southwest. Temperatures reaching 60°F combined with natural beauty make this a fantastic place to visit in April.

The park, with features towering sandstone rocks backed by snowcapped peaks, is a popular hiking destination with 12 miles of trails including Perkins Central Garden Trail. The Visitor and Nature Center is where you can learn more about the natural features and history of the park.  As you explore, you’ll see ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks by Native American tribes who once thrived there. 

9. Naples, Florida

Naples - Florida (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

If you’re looking for warm places to visit in April in the USA, look no further than Florida. Even in April, Naples is the perfect place to enjoy white sandy beaches, top-notch dining and great attractions combined with the charm of a small town. After all, the weather is nice with temperatures reaching 85°F.

The historic downtown has art galleries, eateries, and boutique shops, and the Naples Zoo, Naples Botanical Garden, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, and Naples Depot Museum are must-see attractions. 

10. Big Sur, California

Big Sur - California (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)
Big Sur

No matter what time of year you visit, Big Sur is beautiful, but in April, you have the spring bloom which creates ideal conditions for photographers, hikers and sightseers.  As you explore, you’ll enjoy comfortable temperatures and plenty of sun.

11. Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg - Virginia (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

In April, the weather is perfect in Williamsburg, making it a top destination to visit. Enjoy many outdoor activities including golfing, cycling, hiking and paddling.  Head to the Williamsburg Winery and enjoy live, local entertainment, and visit Colonial Williamsburg, which is the biggest living museum in the country.

The Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival is a much-anticipated event but there are also many attractions including Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Jamestown Settlement and Dewitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum. 

12. Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park - Utah (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)
Hiking Angels Landing in Early April / Best Places To Visit In April In The USA

It’s not hot in Zion National Park in April, at around 75°F, the temperatures are perfect for exploring this stunning landscape before the summer heat really becomes a problem. If you like to explore on foot, there are many Zion trails including Weeping Rock Trail, Angel’s Landing, Emerald Pools Trail and Virgin River Narrows. Alternatively if you don’t want to hike, you can take a scenic drive along the Mount Carmel Highway, before visiting the Checkerboard Mesa and Zion Human History Museum.

13. Olympic National Park, Washington

Olympic National Park  (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

With fewer crowds and comfortable temperatures around 55ׄ°F, April is a great time to visit Olympic National Park, which is one of the best places to visit in Washington. The rainforest areas are particularly lush this time of year due to recent snowfalls and spring rain and despite the weather, you can still take a stroll along Rialto Beach and First Beach. Top attractions include Lake Crescent, Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, Hall of Mosses Hiking Area, Hurricane Ridge and Marymere Falls. 

14. Bisti Badlands, New Mexico

Bisti Badlands (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

Bisti Badlands is a remote natural area in New Mexico featuring sand, hoodoos, and unique rock formations. It’s a great place to explore in April since the temperatures are usually around 65°F, which is comfortable enough to enjoy hiking and sightseeing in this amazing place. 

15. Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon - Arizona (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

As one of the seven natural wonders of the world and one of the most iconic places in the US, The Grand Canyon is one of the top destinations to visit in the country. April is particularly amazing because the weather is warming up, but it’s not too scorching hot just yet.

You also won’t have to deal with peak-season crowds and accommodation prices in places like Page. The south rim in Arizona can be explored with a scenic drive along Desert View Drive.  Of course, hiking is another great way to experience it.  For something truly unique, opt for a mule ride or get an aerial view with a helicopter ride. 

16. Flint Hills, Kansas 

Flint Hills (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

When you explore Flint Hills, you’re exploring the last section of tallgrass prairie on earth.  When you explore it in April, you’ll get nice weather and lush, spring greenery. Many species of birds and animals live here and when you’re not exploring on foot, you can drive along the National Scenic Byway and see more of the region and its charming little towns. Top attractions include Flint Hills Gallery and the Discovery Centre where you can learn more about the prairies.

17. Skagit Valley, Washington

 Skagit Valley  (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)
Skagit Valley / Best Places To Visit In April In The USA

The weather is mild, and crowds are minimal and that’s why Skagit Valley is a great place to visit in April. Besides enjoying lovely scenery and nature areas, you can attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, fish in the Skagit River or hike in Bay View State Park.  Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Skagit Valley Wildlife Area and the Museum of Northwest Art are popular attractions for visitors to see. 

18. Bar Harbor, Maine

 Bar Harbor - Maine (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

Bar Harbor is one of the most charming small towns in the US. The temperatures may not be the warmest in Bar Harbor in April, but you’ll get some pretty sweet deals on accommodations and have the place almost all to yourself before the summer season.

At 55°F on most days, it’s still mild enough to get outdoors to do some hiking, explore the pretty little villages, and admire the coastal scenery. Acadia National Park is the most popular attraction in the area, and it’s a great place to enjoy some spring hiking in April.

19. Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park  (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

Summer is busy in Badlands National Park, which is why you should visit in April when there are empty trails and the temperatures average 66°F. In spring, this vast and remote landscape is pretty deserted so you can enjoy uninterrupted views and have a better chance at spotting wildlife including bison, bighorn sheep and prairie dogs. Some of the top attractions include Pinnacles Overlook, Big Badlands Overlook and Saddle Pass Trail. 

20. Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

As the biggest city in Alaska, Anchorage is the perfect base to explore the spectacular natural wonders of the region. The city is beautiful with the snow-covered peaks of the Chugach Mountains framing it. In April, temperatures can reach 50°F, which is mild by Alaska standards and warm enough for outdoor exploring and of course, skiing!Hiking is popular with many trails including the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail and Ship Creek Trail, and a fun April festival to attend is the Out North Fringe Festival.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, Chugach State Park, Anchorage Museum, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Zoo, Eagle River Nature Center, Alaska Aviation Museum and Alaska Botanical Garden are a few of the great attractions to visit. Be sure to take a trip on the Alyeska Aerial Tram to see incredible views. Fun fact – you can still see the northern lights in early April – just make sure to get a bit out of the city a bit to avoid the light pollution.

21. Channel Islands National Park, California

Channel Islands National Park (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

As one of the least visited National Parks in the United States, Channel Islands National Park is the perfect place to go if you want to experience a pristine nature area without crowds of people getting in the way.

Of course, summer sees more people than any other time, but April is perfect and so is the weather! With comfortable temperatures of around 65°F and lush greenery returning to the land, you’ll have perfect conditions for hiking and exploring. 

Ventura State Beach, Anacapa Lighthouse, Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center, Cavern Point, Channel Islands Marins Sanctuary, Painted Cave and Smuggler’s Cove are some of the top attractions and birdwatching and nature viewing are popular activities. Part of the fun of visiting this place is getting there; it’s only accessible by boat!

22. Wilmington, Delaware

 Wilmington - Delaware  (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

Whether it be the arts, history, outdoor adventure, scenery, shopping, or dining you are most interested in, there’s something for everyone in Wilmington. April is a fine time to visit this amazing destination. The weather is mild, and the crowds are non-existent, so it’s the perfect time of year to enjoy hiking on the trails that can be found in the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge or exploring the Brandywine Valley where you’ll find stunning gardens that are starting to bloom.

The Riverfront district is where you’ll find a variety of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. The Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, DuPont Environmental Education Center, Hagley Museum, Nemours Estate, Rockwood Park & Museum and Brandywine Zoo are just some of the other top attractions. 

23. Austin, Texas

 Austin - Texas (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

Austin is known for its vibrant culture and fascinating history but in April, it’s also known for beautiful weather with temperatures climbing to 83°F. This weather is perfect for attending April festivals including ABC Kite Fest, Austin Urban Cultural Fest, Fusebox Festival, Montower Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, Old Settler’s Music Festival and Austin Reggae Festival.

The Texas State Capitol is a beautifully preserved 19th-century building that’s a must-see along with Bullock Texas State History Museum, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Blanton Museum of Art and Unlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Outdoor lovers can head to Lady Bird Lake for kayaking or canoeing or explore McKinney Falls State Park and Mayfield Park and Nature Preserve. 

24. Anna Maria Island, Florida 

 (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA) Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria is a barrier Island off the coast of Florida that features warm temperatures, low humidity, and empty beach chairs in April. While the top attractions in the long, sandy US beaches, there are many other things to see and do. 

Kayaking, embarking on guided boat tours, fishing, exploring Bridge Street and dining on delicious, fresh seafood are a few of the things you can enjoy doing during a visit.  Leffis Key Preserve and the Anna Maria Island Historical Society are must-visit attractions. 

25. Orlando, Florida

Orlando - Florida (Best Places To Visit In April In The USA)

One of the best places to visit in the world in April is Orlando! If you’re looking for a good deal on a warm-weather vacation with lots of sunshine, minimal rain and lower crowds, Orlando in April is a great choice. The most popular thing to do in Orlando is visit the many theme parks.

At Universal Orlando in April, Mardi Gras days take place every day and features international music and cuisine. Epcot features the Flower and Garden Festival. The weather is warm enough to enjoy some thrills at top water parks, including Aquatica and Volcano Bay. Disney World, of course, is a must and has a wide variety of events every day. Other attractions include Orlando Science Center and Madame Tussauds Orlando. 

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