The 17 best places to go this April


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The 17 best places to go this April

1. Washington D.C.
Cherry blossom flowers turn the city pink during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Be prepared for crowds and higher hotel prices if you come during the peak bloom.

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3. Paris
There's a reason "springtime in Paris" is often said with a wistful sigh. Think blossoming European gardens and humming sidewalk cafes. Plus, this year prices are way down, making it an especially good time to plan a trip.

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4. St. Thomas
Carnival heats up on St. Thomas, featuring street parties, foodie feasts and a range of live entertainment for nearly the entire month of April. This month is a great time to visit the Caribbean in general, as spring break crowds disappear and prices drop.

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5. Cyprus
Summer crowds haven't descended on the island yet in April, but the beaches and turquoise water are just as alluring. Come during Pascha, the Greek Orthodox Church's Easter celebration, for a taste of local food and culture.

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6. Marrakech
The Morocco city was just dubbed the "best in the world" by TripAdvisor, and April is one of the most pleasant times to visit. The weather is warm (but not too hot) during the day, and comfortably cool at night.

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7. Holland
The Keukenhof (world's second largest flower garden) is open all month, with swaths of colorful tulips swirling around the grounds. In Amsterdam, the King's Day celebration on April 27 floods canals with partiers decked in orange.

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8. The Grand Canyon
Most people visit one of America's grandest landmarks in the summer -- so do something different. In April, you'll find cheaper lodging prices and may have trails and scenic lookouts to yourself.

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9. San Diego
San Diego goes crazy for flowers in April, with two major events -- the Coronado Flower Show and the Carlsbad Flower Fields (about half an hour from San Diego). Or you can just walk around the spring blooms in Balboa Park.

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10. Cape Town
No spring fever here -- in April Cape Town ushers in autumn, though the weather is still nice at the city's beaches. If you want to tack on a safari at Kruger National Park, it's a good chance to view the baby animals that were born over the winter.

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11. Seville
Feria de abril de Sevilla, or Seville's April Fair, turns the Andalusian city into a colorful blur of flamenco dresses, parades and bullfights. Come ready to stay up late and party.

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12. Charleston
This South Carolina city is a hot travel destination, and April sees the city at its most charming. Take a stroll through moss-covered gardens and historic neighborhoods before the summer heat arrives.

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13. Mont Blanc
Ski conditions on Western Europe's highest mountain don't really get good until April, so now is the best time for an epic ski adventure.

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14. Boston
About half a million people come out to watch the Boston Marathon every April, and the city swells with excitement on "Marathon Monday." After the tragic bombing attack two years ago, the event has become a symbol of local pride, with hundreds of thousands of spectators showing support for "Boston Strong."

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15. New Orleans
There's always something going on in NOLA, and in April the big scene is the Jazz and Heritage Festival. Pair concerts by big name acts with spontaneous street performances, dancing, food and drink and you'll get a sense of what the Big Easy is all about.

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16. Japan
Like in Washington D.C. but on a larger scale, April brings cherry blossoms to Japan. Walk under tunnels of flowering trees or join a hanami, or flower viewing party.

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17. Portugal
While many European cities are still a bit chilly in April, Lisbon enjoys warm sunny days and cool nights. Spend a few days in the capital city, then head either north to cruise through Port country on the Duoro or south to the beaches of the Algarve.

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Want to get away this month? From spring flowers to wild festivals, here are the best places to take a vacation in April.

Some of the world's most popular destinations, like Paris and Washington D.C., shine this month, while other spots that might not immediately come to mind for a spring vacation -- think Marrakech and St. Thomas -- are also at their finest.

Check out the slideshow above for the 17 best places to travel this month.

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