This guide was inspired by Jessica, from Bon Traveler, who says that one of her favorite times of the year to travel is from April to May. The weather is tolerable, the summer crowds have yet to arrive, and it seems like you have the whole place to yourself. Flights are cheaper and hotels aren’t impacted.
Checkout 10 destinations for tourist-free spring travel.



Lisbon, Portugal

This tops the list as Lisbon always seems to be somewhat quiet, yet April is truly unique. The cafes are filled with locals, and not overpacked with the summer-goers. It’s warm enough to enjoy the days outside and sip on Portuguese wine on the terrace.


Annecy, France

This magical town in the alps and along a lake is dubbed as the most romantic place in Europe. It has winding streets with canals, and the cuisine is second to none.


Vancouver, Canada

With the summer months come the tourists, and often can feel crowded. Come a bit earlier to have cheaper prices and enjoy a city that is not full yet with visitors. The city is full of wonderful surprises like top restaurants, outdoor adventure and more.


Mexico City, Mexico

A city that knows how to show you a good time is in prime during spring. The sun warms up the days, making it perfect to stroll the neighborhoods and dive into the rich food scene.

Chicago, Illinois

Have you seen the rush of summer here? Often lines can be frustrating, and the summer heat stifling. Come in the spring for a less-crowded experience, where the weather is more mild and there is still plenty to do.


Florence, Italy

It seems no matter what time of year, Florence is a bustling city. Though before the summer, it quiets down enough to have an intimate experience, without the crowds. Come for a mid-week stay, and enjoy a truly wonderful place.


San Francisco, California

The city has a different weather and it’s truly enjoyable. The summer fog hasn’t kicked in, and the days are pleasant.


Tulum, Mexico

If you time it right, you can come after the spring break travel and before the summer rush. Head here for crystal clear waters, soft-sand beaches, and historic places.


Montreal, Canada

A lovely city in French Canada, it stores a ton to do in the arts and culture scene. You can eat a great food, exploring the old quarter, and museum hopping.


Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A historic, all-American town that brings the best of western lifestyle and great amenities. During the summer it can be busy due to its proximity to Grand Teton National Park, so come before school gets out to beat the crowds.

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