April Travel Guide-Which Place Is The Best Desitnation
April is spring’s true awakening. The weather continues to get warmer, the sun shines brighter, the grass gets greener, and rain showers, while frequent in some parts of the world, usher in some of the most beautiful blooms of the year. So if you plan to go travel in April, where do you gonna to go? We have some great destinations for you.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Hurricane season aside, there’s no bad time to visit the U.S. Virgin Islands—a Caribbean paradise of white-sand beaches, world-class water sports, beautiful oceanfront hotels, and restaurants doling out all the conch fritters and mojitos you can handle. Peak season is over by April, but that doesn’t mean the party has ended. Carnival takes over the streets of St. Thomas for the month, bringing with it a fun-filled roster of food fairs, boat races, and rollicking parades featuring eye-popping costumes and music. Escape the commotion at Caneel Bay, a blissful wellness retreat tucked away in Virgin Islands National Park. The best part? You don’t even need to bring your passport.
The allure of Hans Christian Andersen town is irresistible from May through October. April, in contrast, marks the tail end of Scandinavia’s brisk spring, making Copenhagen one of the world’s cheapest places to travel this month. Those that take advantage of low-season rates are in for another treat: the seasonal reopening of Tivoli Gardens, one of Europe’s oldest and most charming amusement parks. After a spin on the wooden roller coaster or the Star Flyer, the world’s second-tallest carousel, stop by Kähler i Tivoli for a traditional open-faced sandwich snack.
Even as its winter gusts wind down, Chicago remains one of the most affordable places to travel this month—and the hotel scene couldn’t be hotter, what with newcomers like the Art Deco-spun Chicago Athletic Association and the renovated Peninsula Chicago becoming destinations in their own right. Outside your digs, all signs point to warmer weather, and in Chicago, there’s plenty to keep you busy: world-class museums, hot-hot-hot restaurants, a nightlife scene that continuously raises the bar, and—finally—baseball, as both the Cubs and White Sox home openers kick off the season to roaring crowds.
For a long time, Martinique remained a sleepy, rainforested isle often overlooked among the rest of the Caribbean’s Lesser Antilles islands. But this year has brought new energy into downtown Fort-de-France. Its active military base, housed in a 17th-century fort, is reopening to visitors, not to mention the contemporary Simon Hotel, the first hotel to open on the island in more than a decade. Already one of the best Caribbean islands for foodies, Martinique is experiencing an upsurge in creative cuisine beyond its Creole influences, from Brazilian to bagel sandwiches to an inspired cocktail program at the rooftop bar, Le Cloud. The weather here is beautiful year-round—best to catch the dry season before it ends in May.
Before the unbearable desert heat of summer shrouds the West African coast, Morocco breathes easy from pleasant temperatures all day during April and May. While Casablanca may not have the glamorous reputation of sister cities Fez and Marrakesh, it retains a charm all its own, thanks to its colonial architecture, grand Hassan II Mosque, and an unbeatable location along the coast, providing a link between Africa and Europe as well as a convenient base for deeper exploration of the country. After much anticipation, Four Seasons has opened a sprawling beachfront hotel on the Corniche, complete with shops, cafés, and restaurants spotlighting a unique blend of Provençal, Mediterranean, and Moroccan cuisine.
April is a shoulder season—and coincidently the month with the least amount of rain—for Brussels, which has become Europe’s unlikely incubator for world-class art. Creative talents from places like Paris and New York have begun setting up independent galleries and studios across Belgium’s capital, and the movement has spread. Behind the art-nouveau facade of the Zita hotel is a treasure trove of art and vintage finds, while the interiors at Hôtel des Galeries, incorporate bespoke touches like jewel-toned bathroom tiles, Marimekko accent pillows, and a kaleidoscope-like art installation by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren. It’s easy to lose oneself in Gladstone Gallery, which has shown works by Anish Kapoor, and Mon Chéri, a showcase for emerging contemporary talent.