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8 Best Places to Go in April & May

There are some places where spring is the best time of year to visit—the landscape pops with color, few other travelers share the trails and towns, and the weather is near-ideal for being outdoors. Let us help you find the perfect destination for your springtime adventure!


Why April? The mountainous areas of Bhutan have pronounced rainy and dry seasons. April is typically dry with clear skies and beautiful flowers in bloom. It’s also the planting and ploughing time of year, so many Bhutanese are out working their lands. In addition, fewer travelers arrive in the spring, and temperatures are pleasant for outdoor activities with highs in the 60s and 70s.

Sunset from the beach in PalauPalau

Why April? Early spring is perfect for a tropical getaway from the northern climate. Palau enjoys a warm climate year-round. While it can rain at any time, sunshine is prevalent, and it lies outside the typhoon zone, so severe storms are generally not a concern.


Nakasendo Trail, JapanJapan

Why April & May? Spring sees little rainfall and mild temperatures. The delicate cherry blossoms can be seen in April, and temperatures range from mid-40s to mid-60s. However, May is greener and about 10 degrees warmer all around.




Why April & May? While occasional rains are not uncommon in the spring, it helps to keep the dust down in the drier areas of the country. In addition, on the Camino de Santiago, congestion on the trail is low yet everything is open and awaiting travelers. Temperatures are pleasant for hiking in both northern and southern Spain.



Why May? Wildflowers are in bloom in southern Italy and Sicily, and the Mediterranean is usually warm enough to swim! You’ll also avoid the crowds and heat of the summer months. Mountainous areas can be cooler, but the clear air allows for great views.


Schist Village PortugalPortugal

Why May? Like Italy, May is usually lovely with comfortable daytime temperature and cooler in the mountains. May is also the shoulder-season, thus avoiding both the hot summer and peak tourist season. Wildflowers are blooming, and you may come across a lively local festival.



Why May? May is the start of winter and the dry season. Days are sunny and warm, while evenings and early mornings can be cold—lovely for cozying up around the camps’ fire pits. May is also the start of “peak season” when the floodwaters arrive, attracting an enormous diversity of animals that congregate at watering holes. Predator and prey are often close in proximity, leading to memorable encounters.

Explore Machu Picchu with us.Peru

Why May? Peru is generally delightful for hiking in the spring as it’s in the dry season and the hillsides and valleys tend to be greener than at other times in the year. Temperatures don’t fluctuate much throughout the year: daytime temps are in the 60s, while evenings can dip into the 30s.


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