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Looking for the best national parks to visit in April? These are the best parks to go this month!

Spring has sprung, so pack your backpacks and camping gear and get outside! April is the perfect time to visit national parks for mild weather and to witness the vibrant wildflower displays. Plus, during mating season, you’ll typically find more active wildlife.

Below are some of the best national parks to visit in April to make the most of your spring vacation.


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Last Updated: March 3, 2024

Before we get into it, we want to remind everyone to explore the parks responsibly using the 7 Leave No Trace Principles. Have a plan, stay on established trails, carry out anything you carry in, leave what you find, minimize campfire impact, respect wildlife, and be considerate of others.

About the National Park by Month Series

To put together this list, we’ve combined our personal experiences and tips we gathered from locals and cross-referenced them with the weather, accessibility, local forums, seasonal attractions like fall foliage or wildflowers, and special events happening in the area. We also considered any unique adventures only offered at certain times of the year to find the most optimal months to visit each National Park. Phew! That was a lot!

It took me a whole week of research, but since I’m a maximizer, it was completely worth having a year-round calendar of adventures (publishing that soon!). Also, check out our complete list of all the national parks and all national park units that include soon-to-be national parks.

We also chose not to include the hardest-to-access national parks in Alaska and the ones in U.S. territories in this series.

National Parks By Month: Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec | Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul

Is April a Good Time to Visit National Parks?

Although it depends on individual national parks and the region, in general, April is a great time to visit the parks. The weather is mild, wildflowers are blooming, and it’s not peak tourist season.

Plan on visiting more than two national parks this year? Pick up an America the Beautiful annual pass to save money (entrance fees to each park are, on average, $30-35 per vehicle). Plus, you…

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