With the extreme weather events of winter 2013-14 slowly fading into the past, April (with any luck) will mark a return to spring’s eternal promises of hope and renewal. As people across the United States begin to shed their overcoats and break out the 2014 spring fashions, many of us will try to erase memories of the harsh winter via warm-weather activities, including rejuvenating vacation trips. If you’re looking to put an extra hop in your spring, you might want to consider one of these popular U.S. travel destinations this April.
Opening Month of the Major League Baseball Season
Fans of every major league team can still dream of post-season glory when the 2014 Major League Baseball season moves into full swing this April. (Technically, it starts on March 22, in Sydney, Australia, with an “Opening Series” between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks; details, details.) While the season essentially opens on March 31, baseball fans can still enjoy opening-day festivities in 15 ballparks this April. Can Boston remain strong enough to repeat? Will the purchase power of the Yankees and Dodgers translate into on-field success? Can the St. Louis Cardinals perform up to their expectations? The answers to these and other riveting questions start unfolding in April.
Coachella, Indio, California, April 11-13 and 18-20
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is already sold out, but admission passes can still be had on secondary ticketing sites. It’s no surprise that tickets went so quickly; the 2014 Coachella line-up boasts serious star power, including Arcade Fire, Beck, Fatboy Slim, Nas, Outkast, and Pharrell Williams, among dozens of performers. While many festival attendees will camp out (on-site and off-site), Palm Springs is within a half-hour drive, for those who prefer hotel accommodations.
The Jazz Fest was launched in 1970 with little fanfare, selling only 350 tickets even though it featured such luminaries as Duke Ellington, Fats Domino, and Mahalia Jackson. Since that inauspicious start, the Jazz Fest has blossomed into a bucket-list destination for musicians and fans alike. Consider just a few of the hundreds of artists in the 2014 Jazz Fest line-up:
- Aaron Neville
- Al Jarreau
- Arcade Fire
- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
- Christina Aguilera
- Eric Clapton
- John Fogerty
- Keb’ Mo’
- Lyle Lovett
- Public Enemy
- Preservation Hall Jazz Band
- Robin Thicke
- Vampire Weekend
You can purchase tickets for single weekend days, the Big Chief VIP Experience, the Grand Marshal VIP Pass, and the Krewe of Jazz Fest VIP Pass. Make your reservations soon, though; admission is limited, and VIP Passes in particular sell out quickly.
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