Spring to life with a trip to the United States this April

April showers bring stunning flowers across the United States, and while you may need an umbrella, there is nothing like watching the country bloom into a kaleidoscope of color. In Washington DC, fluffy cherry blossoms turn the city into a cloud of pink, the Blue Ridge Mountains are alive with vivid wild azaleas, and if you're lucky enough, you might catch a super-bloom of desert gold in Joshua Tree. From hiking to city-hopping to just stopping to smell the roses, there's an activity for every US agenda in April.

Top 10 United States tours April 2024

Departing Days From USD
1 Apr 2024
Hiking the Best of the Grand Canyon
3 1845
1661
1 Apr 2024
Hiking and Camping in Utah
6 2360
2124
2 Apr 2024
Hiking the Best of Moab: Arches and Canyonlands
5 3480
3132
2 Apr 2024
Hiking and Camping in Joshua Tree
4 1775
1598
2 Apr 2024
Hiking and Backpacking Utah's Coyote Gulch
4 1740
1566
5 Apr 2024
Hiking and Camping in Zion
3 1560
1404
6 Apr 2024
Western USA National Parks Loop
5 2120
1908
8 Apr 2024
Hiking in Sedona and the Grand Canyon
4 2620
2358
8 Apr 2024
Hiking and Backpacking Utah's Boulder Mail Trail
5 1810
1629
9 Apr 2024
Hiking and Camping in Grand Canyon - South Rim
4 1850
1665
11 Apr 2024
Tennessee Music Trail to New Orleans
7 3135
2822
17 Apr 2024
Best of Western USA
10 4105
3695
18 Apr 2024
Zion Glamping Adventure
4 2105
1684
21 Apr 2024
LA to Vegas: Grand National Parks
10 4385
3728
21 Apr 2024
LA to San Fran: Ultimate National Parks
17 7965
6771
21 Apr 2024
Best of California's National Parks
6 2130
1811
23 Apr 2024
Hiking the Best of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
5 3435
3092
27 Apr 2024
Hiking Utah's National Parks
9 3690
3137
30 Apr 2024
Las Vegas to San Fran: Parks, Canyons, Valleys
8 3710
3154

April United States highlights

A street in Boston's iconic (and cramped) North End neighborhood

Follow the Founding Fathers' footsteps in Boston

When you join a tour in Boston, you'll take a walk on the Freedom Trail, one of the city's most iconic sites. This brick trail meanders 2.5 mi (4 km) through the city, linking 16 historical sites from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Notable landmarks include Boston's oldest church, The Old North  Church (best known for the midnight ride of Paul Revere and the “one if by land, two if by sea” lore), Paul Revere's house, Faneuil Hall, and the USS Constitution. After your tour, rest your feet and quench your thirst in one of Boston's many Irish pubs.

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Travelers pose with a colorful mural at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

Hang with country music legends in Nashville

Music lovers unite! If you're a fan of legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Waylon Jennings, a trip to Nashville isn't complete without a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame. A historical timeline will take you from the birth of country music to the present day, featuring one-of-a-kind props, audio, and never before seen photos of some of the greats. Taking part in a songwriting session, an instrument demo, or a film screening might just have you inspired enough to belt one out at an open mic night on Music Row to end your day.

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The sun sets a vibrant swirling pink on the Capitol building in Washington DC

Photograph iconic cherry blossoms in DC

For over 100 years, cherry trees gifted from Japan have been blossoming in Washington DC between the last week of March and the first week of April, and the blooms have become somewhat of a national treasure. While you can keep an eye on the fluffy pink trees from the live-streamed "bloom cam", there's nothing quite like seeing 'em in person. Take a bike ride along the Tidal Basin to get the best photos of the blooms from all angles.

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A gushing waterfall fed by winter runoff in Yosemite National Park

Experience raging falls in Yosemite

Yosemite in April is a traveler's dream, especially with so many magnificent waterfalls on display. Peak runoff season is between April and May, and because California typically has a very dry summer, some waterfalls (even the mighty Yosemite Falls) may be reduced to a trickle by August. If you're planning on hiking through Yosemite in April, dress as if you're going out in the rain; sometimes the flow rate of these waterfalls can be so intense, you'll get a hearty shower as you pass by.

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