April is a busy month in the United States — the weather’s warming up, flowers are in bloom, Easter Sunday is drawing near, and spring-breakers are gearing up for a much-needed respite. From foodies and historians to sports enthusiasts and film buffs, American cities offer something for everyone during the springtime. Consider these top U.S. vacation rental locations when you’re deciding where to go for your April getaway.
1. New York City, New York
April brings about an awakening in the Big Apple thanks to the pleasant weather. The Tribeca Film Festival is a popular April event, featuring the work of up-and-coming filmmakers of all genres. Attend a few screenings, or if you’re an aspiring director, check out one of the free panels to learn more about the craft. Pillow Fight NYC falls in this month as well, so don your pajamas, show up with a soft pillow, and engage in a fun pillow fight with hundreds of other visitors and locals in the City That Never Sleeps.
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2. Las Vegas, Nevada
Sin City offers excitement all year round, and April is no exception. Festivals and other enticing events fall in this month. Celebrate all things beer, and grab a few samples, at the Great Vegas Festival of Beer, or join more than 20,000 other rock ‘n’ roll fans when you attend Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend. On a trip with the kids? Visit nearby Henderson, about 16 miles from your Las Vegas vacation rental, for the four-day Henderson Heritage Parade and Festival. If you love international cuisine, show up for the Las Vegas Taste of the Caribbean Festival.
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3. Augusta, Georgia
With its tree-lined streets and historic homes, Augusta is the picture of perfection during the spring months. Sports fans, especially those who love golf, descend on the city in April for one reason: The Masters. Take in the beauty of the golf course, watch your favorite professional golfers compete, and try out the delectable foods. Many of the pros even sign autographs for kids. If you haven’t gotten your fill of golf, you can stop by the Augusta Museum of History to enjoy the special exhibits on the sport.
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4. Seattle, Washington
Rain City warms up a bit in April, with average temperatures in the low 60s. Visit in April to enjoy the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, an event offering ethnic foods, exciting live performances, fun games, and much more. The Seattle World Rhythm Festival also falls in April, celebrating performers of all kinds. Check out performances by artists from around the world, or attend a dance workshop. April also hosts Restaurant Week, when you can get great deals on local fare at some of the top restaurants in the city.
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5. Boston, Massachusetts
The capital city of Massachusetts hosts the Boston Marathon in April, attracting more than 30,000 runners. Cheer along with the rest of the crowd, and take in the excitement of the day. Beantown celebrates Patriots’ Day on April 16 with historical tours, ceremonies, and reenactments in nearby Lexington. April also ushers in folk festivals, art fairs, comic conventions, and Motocross races all over the city, so there’s an event to suit any style. If you’re a baseball fan, Major League Baseball’s opening day falls in April, so get tickets to see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park.
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6. Vail, Colorado
Vail is known for some of the best skiing in the nation, but April’s average temps in the upper 50s cause the snow to melt. Don’t fret, however, because this elite town finds other ways to keep springtime visitors entertained. Taste of Vail, a five-day event, is one of the most popular food and wine festivals in the U.S. Sample wines from local vineyards as you nibble on delicacies served up by Colorado’s top chefs. Spring Back to Vail brings the ski season to a close and welcomes spring with free concerts, competitions, parties, and more in Ford Park.
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7. Louisville, Kentucky
As the Gateway to the South, Louisville enjoys rising temperatures in April, with average highs in the upper 60s. The state’s most popular event, the Kentucky Derby, takes place on the first Saturday of May. Two weeks prior, near the end of April, Louisville comes alive. The Kentucky Derby Festival gets the party started with a huge parade, hot-air balloon events, marathons, and paddle-wheel boat races. During the festivities, gather the whole family for Thunder Over Louisville, one of the most incredible fireworks displays in the nation.
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8. Indio, California
Spring breakers looking to let loose head to Indio, California, where daily temps are typically in the 90s. Soak up the sun at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The Empire Polo Club hosts this annual event, which features artists from many genres on multiple stages. Originating in the 1990s, this event has drawn artists including Lady Gaga, AC/DC, Snoop Dogg, Paul McCartney, and Prince. Visual art and sculpture provide entertainment for the eyes.
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9. Washington, D.C.
The nation’s capital is packed with events in April to keep your family entertained during your getaway. The National Cherry Blossom Festival features a parade, concerts, fireworks, and more. Score tickets to opening day at Nationals Park to see the Washington Nationals play, or if you’re an NHL fan, head to the Verizon Center to catch one of the final Washington Capitals matches of the season. Attend the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn, where the kids get to visit with the Easter Bunny.
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10. San Antonio, Texas
April brings SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival to San Antonio, where you can sample foods, wines, and craft beers. For a taste of the country, head south to Poteet for the Strawberry Festival, offering music, rides, rodeo performances, and every strawberry-themed recipe you can imagine. One of the Alamo City’s most exciting events, Fiesta! San Antonio is held near the end of the month, with 11 days of food, music, and parades. This event dates back to 1891, when it started as a way to honor those who died at the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto.
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11. Miami, Florida
Enjoy the sun in Miami without the summer humidity when you visit the Magic City in April when high temps fall in the lower 80s. The Miami-Dade County Fair & Exposition has carnival rides for the kids, and the Miami Riverday Festival lets you enjoy free boat rides and live music outdoors. Compete in the South Beach Triathlon, or sample rums from all over the region at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. Indulge and satisfy your sweet tooth at the SoFlo Cake & Candy Expo.
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