Must-See Spring Travel Destinations

Springtime is the most refreshing of all the seasons, and it’s not over yet! The world is awakening; trees and flowers are coming back to life; the days are growing longer and warmer; and we can practically feel ourselves getting recharged and re-energized by the day. What to do with those growing hours of daylight? Go out and see the world! From early-season backpacking to internationally-renowned flower festivals, there are numerous trips that you should take this spring. Read on to learn more about some of the best spots to see before summer rolls around.

      • Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America and the sixth-largest waterfall in the entire world, is particularly awesome in late spring: snowmelt is at its peak, making the falls especially vigorous. Yosemite National Park is chock-full of gorgeous natural attractions – Tuolumne Meadows’ wildflower blooms also occur in late spring/early summer. Yosemite is located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, making it a great spot for hiking, rock-climbing, and camping.
      • Hot or humid locations will be most bearable in the spring months. Zion National Park in Utah is much more hospitable in the spring, as summer temperatures regularly soar above 100°F. California’s wilderness is also especially welcoming during springtime: visit Death Valley for wildflower blooms and stargazing; San Mateo Canyon Wilderness for wildflowers and abundant wildlife viewing; Agua Tibia Wilderness for hiking; and Hain Wilderness for spelunking and rock climbing.
      • Washington, D.C. is famous for its Cherry Blossom Festival, which takes place every spring (peak blooms occur in March and April). The cherry trees were a gift to the city of Washington, D.C. from Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki in 1912.  Millions of tourists visit the city every year to view the magnificent blooms and participate in a diverse schedule of activities. Washington, D.C. also offers a wide variety of museums, monuments and historical sites that are definitely worth visiting.
      • The Travel Channel recommends visiting Tuscany, Italy during the spring – both to avoid summer tourist crowds and to see beautiful blooms at their prime. The surrounding area is home to some of the world’s best wineries, historic churches, monuments, and restaurants serving incredible Italian cuisine.
      • Austin, Texas is the up-and-coming hotspot for food and arts buffs. The city hosts South by Southwest (SXSW) every March, a film and music festival featuring thousands of artists that lasts several days. Austin is also holding its third-annual Food and Wine Festival where Texas’ hippest city will be showcasing its cultural scene and overflowing with culinary-themed activities, including tastings, demonstrations and book signings from world-renowned chefs.
      • Paris in springtime is every romantic’s dream. You can stroll through countless ornamental gardens, like the Jardin de Luxembourg at Luxembourg Palace; visit historic landmarks in the City of Light; make a romantic memory at the top of the Eiffel Tower; or enjoy a walk along the River Seine at twilight.
      • As you can imagine, the Netherlands has a lot to offer in terms of flora-based springtime entertainment. Located a short distance from Amsterdam, Keukenhof (also known as the Garden of Europe) is the world’s largest flower garden. The park is open from mid-March to mid-May every year, with peak blooms occurring in mid-April. 7 million bulbs are planted each year at Keukenhof, which covers an area of 79 acres. The park’s name means “kitchen garden,” originating from the days when it served as a source of herbs for the kitchen of Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut.

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