Spring is here, and so is another opportunity to admire the local, seasonal blossoms. Spring flowers create beauty in the most natural environments to attract aficionados and photographers. If you’re looking to adore more than the local daffodils and hyacinths, take a trip to some of the world’s best spring flower destinations.
Tulip lovers set your eyes on a farmland bouquet of colorful tulips that wave on the horizon. Located an hour northeast of Amsterdam, this is one of the largest tulip paths in the Netherlands. Bike, hike, or photograph around at the Countus Tulpenfestival, which occurs mid-April through Mid-May. If you’re up to spending the money, purchase the horse-drawn carriage ride around the tulip fields.
Monterey Bay, California
The patches of pink succulents in Monterey are a trademark for spring blooms. The vibrant, hot pink patches overlook the ocean creating a picturesque hue of contrasting blues, pinks and greens. But there’s more to pink flowers than what hits the eye. Bushes of purple and carpets of pink and yellow flowers trickle along the Pacific Grove and Monterey shoreline depicting spring has hit the coast. April is the most ideal time to view the flowers.
Texans pride themselves on many things; steaks, fried-food, and yes, flowers. The Blue Bonnet is one of five Texas state flowers and the carpet-like fields of this purple flower is a must-see site in the spring time. Hill country and central Texas are the most ideal regions to view the endless fields of flowers that showcase deep blue to purple hues into the horizon.
Umbria is home to long fields and natural carpets of dark orange poppies. Best seen mid-April to May, the poppies create a wave-like affect to stimulate the eyes and camera. This region is popular with hiking trails and is a short distance to Tuscany.
Apple blossom trees overtake city streets and fields with the stunning white-pink flowers. From late April to early May is the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, which welcomes over 250,000 guests each year. The festival originated in 1924 and is now popular with apple pie eating contests, concerts, fireworks and wine tasting.
Japan is well known for budding cherry blossom trees. The “sakura,” or cherry blossom, is the national flower and the country has admired its beauty for 1,500 years. The peak is in early May and trees are seen in mountains, city streets and parks. Matsumae is special since it contains over 10,000 cherry blossom trees and showcases countless festivals. Visit the 17th Century castle for a magnificent view lines with more than 250 kinds of cherry blossom trees.
Sobaeksan National Park, South Korea
Known for its array of azaleas, notable characters have quoted that this region is similar to “walking through a colorful silk curtain.” The peak is in May where the Royal Azalea Festival takes place late May to early June.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.