April is a beautiful time to plan a getaway. You can find decent airfare prices without having to shop too hard, and the weather is perfect in many locales. There are fun festivals occurring in some places. Many places are enjoying nature’s glorious display of springtime flowers. Here are some places that are perfect for an inexpensive April vacation.
Sonoma Valley, California
There is a great diversity in the wines grown in Sonoma Valley, and most vineyards offer self-guided vineyard tours. While many charge a minimal fee for wine tastings, if you decide to buy a bottle often your fees are returned. While you are at it, use a complimentary Farm Trails map to learn about the area’s rich agricultural heritage.
Make plans to be in the valley on the last weekend of the month for Blossoms, Bees and Barnyard Babies where you can watch free cooking demonstrations, eat at produce picnics, cuddle baby animals and more. Art lovers will want to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather to visit artists in their own studios by following the Art Trails free download.
From private luxurious cabins tucked away on private farms to five-star resorts, the Sonoma Valley offers a variety of places to stay.
April is the perfect month to visit Guadalajara, Mexico, because there is almost no chance of rain. Therefore, vacationing in April at this location is a great way to start working on your summer suntan a little early. It will probably take you a whole day to explore the San Juan de Dios Market that is billed as the largest in the world.
While getting in to look at the food, leather goods, jewelry, Mexican blankets and more is free, you will not want to leave without buying an armload of goodies. Guadalajara is located within an hour of the Tequila Valley where the iconic drink was first made. At least four distilleries still make tequila using time-honored techniques. You may also want to explore pre-Columbian history with a visit to the Guachimontones and museum.
There are plenty of high-end hotels in Guadalajara, so finding a place to stay is usually not a problem. Consider staying in the home of a local family for a more authentic experience.
Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina, is a beautiful April vacation destination. Over 129 places are listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks including five National Historic Landmarks. The Riverbanks Gardens has been named one of the 20 best gardens in the United States, and spring is the perfect time to visit it along with the nearby zoo. Another beautiful garden in Columbia is located at the Robert Mills House that was constructed in the 1820s.
Try to plan your trip so that the ancient dogwood trees and the azaleas will be in bloom. Bring your bike along for a beautiful ride to Lake Murray Dam as April should be a great month to enjoy a picnic there. Add the River Rocks Music Festival and Love, Peace, & Hip-Hop Festival to your list of reasons to visit Columbia in April.
While the downtown area has many beautiful historic buildings, the area also is home to trendy hotels.
Mid-eighties and the promise of sunshine almost every day are great reasons to visit Aruba in April. Sink your toes into the white sandy beaches for the first time, and feel the tension of a winter cooped up indoors melt away. You would be hard-pressed to find a better place to go diving with many outstanding opportunities located less than 20 feet underwater. The people in Aruba are extremely friendly and most speak English fluently.
If you have packed on a few extra pounds during cold winter days, then Aruba resorts offer amazing fitness programs that are a great way to inspire your new springtime fitness routine.
The nation’s capital welcomes the National Cherry Blossom Festival with the peak expected to happen around April 5, 2018. There are many fantastic ways to see the trees in their full glory including a two-hour guided bike tour, a four-hour bus tour, a one or two-hour cruise or while paddling your own kayak.
After you have seen the trees, there are plenty of free things to do in Washington D.C. including visiting over 13 free museums, seeing the monuments on the National Mall and listening to lions roar at the National Zoo.
Plenty of hotels offer special rates during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Ronn Torossian is a business professional who has traveled all across the world