10Best Places to Be This April

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    Paris, France

    April is right in the middle of the Paris shoulder season, which means fewer crowds and good-tempered locals. Pleasant temperatures make spring the perfect time to enjoy Paris outdoors, whether it be strolling the square of Montmartre, sipping coffee at a street-side cafe or boating down the Siene.

    Photo courtesy of Diego Albero Román

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    Pine Mountain, GA

    Georgia summers can be downright sweltering, but you'll beat the heat in April, as temperatures hover near 70 degrees. Perfect weather for a day at beautiful Callaway Gardens, located 80 miles southwest of Atlanta.  With the Atlanta Braves opening at Turner Field, however, and a full lineup of spring festivals, you might want to plan on some city time during this beautiful month.

    Photo courtesy of Tony Crescibene

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    Scottsdale, AZ

    With blue skies nearly every day and average highs in the upper 70s, Scottsdale is absolutely lovely in April, and since the high season is coming to a close, you might score discounts at the golf courses and hotels. Feeling hungry after playing a round of 18? Chow down at this month's Scottsdale Culinary Festival.

    Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

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    Washington, DC

    April in our nation's capital means one thing: cherry blossoms. The city will host the National Cherry Blossom Festival in honor of the pink spectacle for the first two weeks of the month, and as temperatures rise toward May, the city's outdoor memorials and monuments beckon.

    Photo courtesy of Destination DC

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    Whistler, BC

    April represents your last chance to hit the slopes or play in the snow, and since Whistler averages over 3.5 feet of snow in April, you should have plenty of fresh powder and blue bird days. This month also sees the World Ski and Snowboard Festival come to Whistler, bringing live entertainment and events along with it.

    Photo courtesy of Mike Crane / Tourism Whistler

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    Costa Rica

    April is the end of dry season in Costa Rica, and that means uninterrupted sunshine as you laze on the beach. Surfing enthusiasts will find consistent breaks on the Caribbean side this month, while naturalists will find this month as peak season for leatherback turtles and migratory birds

    Photo courtesy of Ryan Kozie

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    Rome, Italy

    The spring shoulder season is arguably the best time to visit Rome, with nicer weather than the winter off season but far fewer tourists than the summer. Pink azaleas paint the Spanish Steps, and for a week each April -- Culture Week -- many of the city's museums and monuments offer free admission.

    Photo courtesy of Stefano Costantini

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    Captiva Island, Florida

    For that perfect spring day on the beach, look no further than Captiva Island. Book your room and make your dinner reservations early, though, as word is out that Captiva in April is picture perfect. If you're worried about crowds and prices, plan to visit a week or so after Easter when most spring breakers are back in school.

    Photo courtesy of Dave Meardon

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    Cancun, Mexico

    If your idea of a perfect beach involves more of a lively party scene, you'd be hard pressed to find a better place than Cancun in April. With sun-filled days, temperatures hovering around 80 degrees and tropical breezes caressing your face, you'll be too blissed out for the crowds to matter.

    Photo courtesy of Kyle Simourd

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    New Orleans, LA

    If you want to experience NOLA at its most vibrant, April's the time to do it. The historic city hosts the French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, so there's plenty to do. The warm weather makes this season ideal for cemetery tours, a walk through Garden District or an impromptu street concert followed by a coffee and beignet.

    Photo courtesy of Chris Waits


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