Still reeling from those winter doldrums? Now’s the time to break into the vibrant colors of spring.
Consider a travel adventure with your family to see the most dramatic spring blooms throughout the U.S. From the West to the East Coast, North to South, there are richly colored, fragrant flowers blooming everywhere to inspire your senses. We’ve compiled this top 5 list of spring flower blooms worth traveling to see, including flower festivals and flowers blooming wild.
When you see tulips arrive at your local grocery store, it may conjure up images of springtime, a feeling of renewal, and well … happy. Between Seattle and Bellingham, WA is Skagit Valley, the center of the Tulip region in the U.S. The roughly 450 acre valley yields tulips that make up 75% of U.S. commercial production. Approximately 300,000 people travel between April 1st and April 30th for the month-long Skagit Valley Annual Tulip Festival, when tulips are at peak bloom. Be sure to visit the 2 main tulip farms, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town.
Travel to Washington D.C. during Cherry Blossom peak bloom and be enchanted by stretches of white clouds and delicate pink puffs. See the Yoshino white cherry blossoms and pale pink Akebono blossoms along the Tidal Basin and north toward the Washington Monument and East Potomac Park. These trees, a gift by the Japanese government in 1912, were a symbol of a deepening friendship between the U.S. and Japan. If you can’t travel in the 4 day peak period, we got you. Blooms can last up to 14 days. Visit between March 20th and April 14th for The National Cherry Blossom Festival where you’ll see trees blooming in various stages. The festival attracts more than 1.5 million visitors and celebrates both Japanese and American culture and contemporary art.
This spring, experience one of Austin areas’ best crops of Bluebonnets in recent memory due to plentiful, well-timed winter rainfall. Bluebonnets, the Texas state flower, are a rich hue of blue and grow 8 to 20 inches high. Peak bloom is from the end of March to the first two weeks of April. Between April 12th to 14th catch the Bluebonnet Festival for the flowers, live music, food, birding, and carnival. Bluebonnets are scattered along State Highway 29 from Burnet to Llano — and from State Highway 29 to Canyon of Eagles Nature Park. Be sure to gaze across the golden fields and you’ll be rewarded with an array of Texas wildflowers: Firewheel, White Prickly Poppy, Rose Verbena, Texas Indian Paintbrush, Black-Eyed Susans, and Pink Evening Primrose.
Looking for a rural destination far from city lights? We got you. Sojourn to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park between North Carolina and Tennessee. There you’ll see over 1600 species of wildflowers blooming in every color and shape. Wildflowers burst with color between mid-April to mid-May. Travel to the park April 24th to April 27th and join the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage (pre-registration required) — an annual event going back 69 years. It features professionally guided walks, exhibits, and other learning opportunities. Gaze upon wildflowers from Yellow Trillium, Wild Geraniums, to Dogwoods, Blue Cohosh, Lady’s Slipper Orchids, Irises, and Cardinal Flowers to Lillies. If you travel to the park starting in late May, also expect to see awesome displays of Mountain Laurel, Rhododendron, and Flame Azaleas.
In the last weekend of April, take an easy two-hour excursion to Lancaster, California for The California Poppy Festival. Poppies, the California state flower, grow abundant in springtime and come in shades of bright orange, yellow, and red. The festival is complete with activities for the whole family: a car show, petting zoo, farmer’s market, and arts and crafts. As you gaze upon the sloping hills of brightly colored poppies, clear blue skies, and warm breezes, the grays of winter will be washed away.
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