No mater how many incredibly scenic drives I experience around the world, there's always one…
Don’t you just love seeing all the fresh blooms every spring? It’s very similar to fall, but on the other end of the spectrum. Instead of burnt oranges, deep yellows and bright reds, we get playful and fun colors of almost every imaginable shade and hue.
If you are thinking of heading out this spring to see the amazing floral display, here are a few places for your list:
Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.
One of the best times to visit the Nation’s capital is during the Cherry Blossom Festival. You simply cannot process the extraordinary visual transformation that is ignited by the peak bloom of the cherry blossoms. Washington D.C. becomes a magical place where flowers are everywhere and the patriotic landmarks are awash in the pink splendor.
Related: [Springtime in DC: Pretty in Pink]
Carlsbad Flower Fields, California
If you like seeing miles and miles of uninterrupted flowers then head to Carlsbad Flower Fields with over 50 acres of blooming bliss located on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It’s a great time to relax and take plenty of selfies or grab a milkshake. Type “A” personalities might get a little bored here.
Bridge of Flowers, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
Definitely a smaller site than some of the others listed here, but very charming and enjoyable. You’ll be delighted to see how members of the community have turned an old trolley bridge into a beautiful flowered walk across the river. The flowers are stunning and colorful and include hibiscus and dahlias.
Annual Flower Trial Garden, Fort Collins, Colorado
Located on the grounds of Colorado State University, the Annual Flower Trial Garden is open and free to the public. Created as a learning tool for students, teachers, community members and anyone with a desire to plant things, the purpose of the trial program is to see how various annuals grow in the Rocky Mountains.
Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, Woodburn, Oregon
Every spring you can visit the Tulip Festival held at the farm from late March until early May. Covering a staggering 40 acres, the tulips sit against the backdrop of local vineyards and a distant Mt. Hood. Bring your own picnic, enjoy the daily wine tasting or take bouncy ride on the famous cow trains.
Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
One of my favorites, Longwood Gardens is a must-see if you find yourself nearby. This magical site consists of over a thousand acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows which are a living legacy of founder Pierre S. du Pont. At Longwood you’ll find extravagant European-style fountains, a stunning 600-foot garden walk, 40 indoor and outdoor gardens and much more.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Texas
One of the best in the Southwest, the Dallas Arboretum is 66 acres of lush gardens and colorful landscapes located on the banks of White Rock Lake. Take a stroll through the Arboretum and enjoy thousands of blooms at every turn, including azaleas, dogwoods, foxgloves, alyssums and more.