Although many people consider April to be a rather dull month when it comes to van travel, there are actually numerous advantages to taking road trips during this time of year. It’s the shoulder season in many areas, which means travelers will experience lower costs as well as less crowded environments. In warm-weather locales, seasonal heat hasn’t yet ramped up to the extent that it becomes overwhelming, and highway traffic is much lighter than it is during peak road trip seasons. Following are just 10 of the many top RV and van destinations for April 2022. Check them out below.
Mojave National Preserve
Typically associated with blistering heat and a generally inhospitable atmosphere, the Mojave National Preserve offers comfortable temperatures, sweeping carpets of desert wildflowers, Joshua tree forests, canyons, dunes, mountains, and mesas. Regular April temperatures here range from highs in the mid-60s to lows in the low 40s. Activities include hiking, camping, birdwatching, and exploring long-abandoned homesteads. Situated on slightly under 1.6 million acres between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave National Preserve offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy serene respites far from the noise and activity of city life.
Travelers to the Mojave National Preserve often visit Las Vegas either before or after their sojourn through the desert. Average April temperatures in Las Vegas during the day are in the low 70s, while their nighttime counterparts are typically in the 50s. It’s clear and sunny more than 70% of the time in April, but the occasional spring rain brings fresh wildflower blooms to nearby Red Rock Canyon, which is less than a half-hour’s drive from the heart of Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is far more than a gambler’s mecca. Visitors enjoy world-class shopping, a vibrant, eclectic culinary scene, and incredible live entertainment. Just walking down the Strip during a gorgeous April afternoon is a memorable experience in its own right. Those who need a break from the crowds and trademark eclectic activity on the Strip can slip away and explore the city’s many public green spaces and parks. Beer lovers should definitely put the Great Vegas Festival of Beer on their April agenda.
Sun Valley, Idaho
A visit to Sun Valley in April provides snow sports enthusiasts with one last chance to enjoy their favorite activities before seasonal changes cause the snow to melt. Average April temperatures in Sun Valley are in the 50s during the day and in the 20s at night, which is just right for preserving the snow as long as possible while providing a comfortable daytime environment for outdoor activities. End-of-season celebrations are commonplace here as well, and the entire area features a festival-like atmosphere during these last few days of snow. It’s also a great time to enjoy the first hike or mountain bike excursion of the year as well as experience the first few days of the region’s epic fly-fishing season. Culture lovers who arrive early in the month can catch the tail end of the Sun Valley Film Festival.
Daytime highs in Cottonwood tend to remain in the comfortably warm 70s, making it an ideal time to explore the Verde Valley Wine Trail. Cottonwood’s historic Old Town District is on the National Register of Historic Places and features many buildings that were constructed during the Prohibition Era. Main Street offers a range of artistic shops, eclectic galleries, and unique food and beverage options. Mingus Mountain offers abundant natural beauty when it comes time to step off the beaten track and recharge.
Those who find themselves longing for warm, sunny beaches at the end of a long winter can find their heart’s desire in Southern California. Outdoor activities are endless here, from teeing off at the country’s best golf courses under a mild, pleasant sun to taking a moonlight cocktail cruise to Catalina Island. Average daytime temperatures rarely rise about the upper 70s during a typical Southern California April. Fresh seafood aficionados shouldn’t miss The Long Beach Seafood Festival.
Texas Hill Country
Situated within easy driving distance of Austin and featuring daytime temperatures in April in the high 70s and low 80s, Texas Hill Country offers over 14,000 miles of winding country roads interspersed with charming small towns, dozens of wineries, crystal clear lakes brimming with fish, and scenery that ranges from pastoral to rugged. However, the star of April’s show in Texas Hill Country are the region’s iconic bluebonnets, which ramble along roadsides, through meadows, and over hills for as far as the eye can see. The Annual Bluebonnet Festival in the centrally located village or Burnet.
New Orleans is another community which features nearly ideal weather during the month of April. With average highs in the upper 70s and lows in the upper 50s, New Orleans is comfortable during both day and evening. April is a time of spring street festivals, boiled seafood picnics in the park, and starlit patio dining at some of the most creative restaurants in the American South. Jazz is literally in the air in New Orleans no matter what time of year, but those who stick around through the last days of April have the chance to attend the iconic New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
East Coast travelers can get their beach fix by visiting the oceanfront South Carolina community of Myrtle Beach. Along with balmy temperatures in the 70 and 80s, visitors to the area can attend the biggest beach party in the country. The SOS Spring Safari features 10 days and nights of sun, surf, and shagging — the Carolina Shag, that is. The Carolina Shag is a dance in the swing family with its roots in the beach parties of the 1940s. Those who don’t know how to shag before visiting Myrtle Beach will leave with a new skill under their belt thanks to the beachside dance instructors.
The Great Smoky Mountains
Travelers don’t have to go to Texas to get their fill of spring wildflowers — more than 1,500 species of flowering native plants call the Great Smoky Mountains home, and many of them put on their annual floral show during the month of April. Wildflower enthusiasts from all over the globe visit the park in April to attend the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage. Campgrounds fill up quickly for this event so those who wish to attend should make their campsite reservations as early as possible. Daytime temperatures in the area average in the high 50s, which is an ideal temperature for hiking and exploring
There’s no bad time to visit Florida’s Key West, but April just may be the most enchanting month in that idyllic island community. Daytime temperatures typically top out in the low 80s and dip to the mid 70s after the sun sinks into the west. Besides the usual island attractions, activities, and escapades, such as grabbing a tropical cocktail or two at the Green Parrot Bar or spending an idyllic afternoon getting lost in beachcombing, those visiting Key West in April can experience a quirky, 10-day celebration of island life known as The Conch Republic Independence Celebration. Local art, music, food, and generally revelry are all well-represented at this 40-year-old community festival.
No matter the destination, van travel is always better with the right rig. Be sure to put a lot of careful consideration into your next adventure vehicle purchase, and keep in mind that there’s no one-size-fits-all answer— everyone has their own specific personal needs and preferences. Consider beginning your quest by starting a conversation below with others to see what they like and what works for them. Who knows, you may even wind up with new friends to meet up with someone down the road.