10 Best Places To Visit In Spring

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Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands

Keukenhof is a massive flower garden over 32 hectares, featuring over 7 million blooming tulip bulbs, daffodils, hyacinths and crocuses. It's only open for two months in the spring, from mid-March to mid-May, and offers guided tours and bike rentals for visitors to explore.

A view of the Keukenhof Gardens | Shutterstock

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, USA

Shenandoah National Park is best visited from late March to mid-April, when it boasts a vibrant display of trilliums, Virginia bluebells, dogwoods, and redbuds. Hiking trails provide up-close encounters with blooming flora.

Lonely tree in colorful autumn, photographed in Shenandoah National Park | Shutterstock

Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C., USA

The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., honours cherry trees gifted by Japan. It includes cultural performances, parades and fireworks. The peak bloom is from late March to early April, and millions of visitors attend.

Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC | Shutterstock

Provence, France

Provence is famous for its stunning landscapes, charming villages, and vibrant markets. In spring, the region is filled with colourful blossoms and fragrant scents, including lavender fields that bloom from late June to early August. Don't miss the Lavender Festival in June in Sault.

Lavender Festival, Provence, France | Shutterstock

Mount Fuji, Japan

In spring, Mount Fuji in Japan is a stunning backdrop to cherry blossoms and shibazakura (moss phlox), creating a vibrant pink, purple and white carpet. Late March to early April marks the time of full bloom, and festivals take place to celebrate the season.

Cherry blossoms in full bloom of the Wrui River in Shizuoka prefecture of Japan. Mount Fuji rises behind. | Shutterstock

Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia, USA

The Blue Ridge Parkway offers some of the most stunning views in the Appalachian Mountains. Hillsides bloom with azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods and mountain laurels in pink, purple and white from mid-April to early May. Enjoy the view through scenic drives and hiking trails.

The Great Craggy Mountains along the Blue Ridge Parkway | Shutterstock

Enoshima Island, Japan

Enoshima Island, off the coast of Kamakura, is a tranquil escape from Tokyo. In spring, cherry blossoms and other coastal flora bloom. Visitors can explore botanical gardens from late March to early April, in addition to shrines and caves, while enjoying panoramic sea views.

Flowers in the garden at Enoshima Island | Shutterstock

Giverny, France

Giverny was Claude Monet's home and inspiration. His gardens are a masterpiece of colour and composition, showcasing irises, roses, tulips and water lilies. Like Monet's paintings, the gardens are open from April to October and are most enchanting in spring when in full bloom.

Flowers blooming in spring in Giverny, France | Shutterstock

Carlsbad Flower Fields, California, USA

Carlsbad Flower Fields bloom vibrantly on over 50 acres during spring, featuring giant tecolote ranunculus in red, yellow, orange, and pink. Open from March to May, the fields offer tractor tours, flower displays and educational programs.

Carlsbad Flower Fields | Shutterstock

Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Kyoto, Japan

The Arashiyama Bamboo Grove is a surreal landscape of towering bamboo stalks swaying in the breeze. In spring, the grove is surrounded by cherry blossoms. Visitors can stroll through the bamboo forest, visit nearby temples and shrines, and take a boat ride along the Hozu River.

Pathway through the bamboo grove in Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan | Shutterstock

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