As the United States leaves behind the doldrums of the winter months, we look forward to the inevitable April showers that bring beautiful May flowers. But, where can you go and see these beauties of nature? Below is our list of top destinations in the United States, all taking appropriate precautions during the pandemic, to see and smell the annual rebirth of flowers galore!
When you think of Holland, you most likely think of windmills and traveling overseas. However, nothing says spring like the tulip-lined streets in Holland, Michigan. Named one of “America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes Magazine, Holland (Michigan) goes all out each spring with its annual Tulip Time Festival, a Tulip Time Run,, and multiple Dutch-centric attractions and experiences. Built on the legacy of a strong Dutch history, visitors should also schedule a trip to Holland’s only tulip farm, Veldheer Tulip Gardens, featuring more than 5 million bulbs, and walk the town’s cobblestone streets to take in the millions more tulips that bloom each year.
Antelope Valley, California
For bikers and hikers alike, this is the best place to be from March to May, when the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve literally “pops” into full bloom with more than 1,000 acres of poppy flowers. Located in the Mojave Desert area, visitors can travel the eight-miles of trails to see sweeping panoramic views of California’s state flower – all within a two-hour drive of Los Angeles. After viewing the poppies, you can then visit the local town of Lancaster, which hosts an annual California Poppy Festival. A perfect day trip for all ages.
No spring floral exploration is complete without a visit to see the Yoshino Cherry Blossom trees that line the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. Peak bloom in 2021 is expected April 2 – 5. With both virtual and in-person activities at this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, there are a variety of ways to experience the cloud-like beauty of the blooms. With views from the Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, National Mall, and even around the Washington Monument, D.C. offers a breath of spring fresh air alongside our country’s history.
Considered the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas, a visit to the Highland Lakes Bluebonnet Trail in Burnet is a must see for indelible views of this state flower. With a typical peak bloom seasons of March to May, this drive-yourself tour outside of Austin, explores miles and miles of bluebonnet wildflower fields along the highway. Visitors should also check out the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival and consider a stop at the picturesque mid-19th century Bluebonnet House, which is known as the most photographed structure in Texas due to the sea of flowers that surround it.
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