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The best places to see beautiful spring blooms

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The best places to see beautiful spring blooms

Here are 30 locations guaranteed to take your breath away with their colorful displays of flowers this spring.

Antelope Valley, California

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Antelope Valley, California

While poppies pop up in abundance in fields from England to Turkey to Oz, one ideal place to stroll through the vibrant flowers (without fainting like Dorothy) is the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Rather than red, California’s official flower is a bright orange poppy that bursts to life in the spring sometime between March and May along the park’s 8 miles of trails.

Umbria, Italy

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Umbria, Italy

Umbria, the underrated region next to Tuscany, is known as the “green heart” of Italy. Its winding hills are marked with hundreds of miles of pathways for walking, horseback riding or biking alongside vineyards, olive groves and fields of wildflowers. In April and May, the countryside becomes dotted with violets, primroses, crocus and red poppies. The little Umbrian town of Castelluccio di Norcia in particular is famous for its spring flowers.The annual Flowering of Castelluccio di Norcia is when almost 6 square miles of grazing land between the Sibillini Mountains turn red, white and blue with thousands of flowers.

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California

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The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California

Starting in early March every year, 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus, also known as Persian Buttercups, wake up from their winter slumber in Carlsbad, California. The white, pink, yellow, orange and red blossoms are in peak season until early May.

Hill Country, Texas

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Hill Country, Texas

Much like big hair and high school football, bluebonnets have become synonymous with Texas. They’re the Lone Star state flower, and their arrival along the highways of the hill country in March and April is the unofficial announcement that spring has sprung. There no one place to admire the blue blossoms, but Burnet is officially recognized as the "Bluebonnet Capital of Texas" and is home to an annual Bluebonnet Festival. The most concentrated area of flowers is the Bluebonnet Trail, which includes its namesake flower as well as Texas paintbrushes, sunflowers and black-eyed Susans.

Jeju Island, South Korea

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Jeju Island, South Korea

Off the southern tip of South Korea lies Jeju Island, which is famous for its dormant volcano Hallasan. At the volcano’s base, fields of bright fuschia azaleas erupt in the springtime, and yellow canola flowers bloom from late March to early April around Mt. Sanbangsa. This contrast makes for truly stunning views. In mid-April, the island holds an annual Canola Flower Festival.

Luoping County, China

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Luoping County, China

Rapeseed, a member of the mustard or cabbage family, is grown for its seeds, which are one of the world’s largest sources of vegetable oil. In the west, it’s better known by the name of its Canadian-engineered cousin, canola flowers, which are grown for canola oil. Although it’s grown as a crop, rapeseed plants flower, and in the spring, they sprout bright yellow buds. The small county of Luoping in China has become famous for its golden sea of flowers that arrives every March.

North Cascades National Park, Washington

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North Cascades National Park, Washington

North Cascades National Park spans a range of elevations, temperatures and precipitations levels, so many different varieties of flowers can grow there. In the springtime, lower elevation flowers of all shapes, sizes and colors, such as salmonberry, Indian plum and red-flowering currant, are in bloom.

Holland, Michigan

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Holland, Michigan

The Netherlands are known for their tulips, and Holland, Michigan, makes its namesake proud every year when hundreds of thousands of tulips that are planted in the city’s parks, including Windmill Island Gardens, and along the roads burst back to life. The best time to visit is early May during the Tulip Time Festival. If you want to be dazzled by rows and rows of tulips, visit Veldheer's tulip farm and garden, home to more than 5 million tulips.

Woodburn, Oregon

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Woodburn, Oregon

Holland, Michigan, doesn’t have a Monopoly on flowing fields of tulips in North America. The town of Woodburn, Oregon, outside Portland, hosts an annual Tulip Fest where visitors can explore 40 acres of spring-blooming bulbs with Mt. Hood as the backdrop.

Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands



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Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands



For a truly transcendent tulip experience, Holland earns its reputation as the tulip capital of the world. Head to Keukenhof Gardens, one of the largest flower gardens in the world. Located in Lisse, Netherlands, Keukenhof is almost 80 acres housing more than 7 million bulbs. On top of 800 kinds of tulips, the garden also has hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and more.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Sonoran Desert comes alive in the springtime at this zoo, museum and botanical garden in Tucson. More than 1,400 kinds of plants line the museum’s 2 miles of trails, including some that naturally occur on the area’s grounds. The region’s native flora blossoms in two shifts between mid-February and mid-June. First come the winter annual flowers such as poppies, lupines and owl clover, then come the cacti and shrubs like fairy duster and desert ironwood trees.

Mount Gilboa, Israel

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Mount Gilboa, Israel

South of Nazareth near the West Bank in Israel lies Mount Gilboa, a mountain famous for its biblical significance as well as for its natural beauty. Every spring between March and April, visitors flock to see the deep purple Gilboa iris in bloom. The fragrant flowers were considered endangered until the Mount Gilboa area became a nature reserve, though the plants are still rare to find outside that region.

Hallerbos, Belgium

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Hallerbos, Belgium

In springtime, Hallerbos, which means “the blue forest,” earns its name when the forest floor gets coated with blue forest hyacinths, or bluebells, that have grown there for centuries. From late April to early May, you can witness this phenomenon straight out of a fairy tale.

Giverny, France

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Giverny, France

Claude Monet’s gardens have been immortalized in his art, but you can feel like you’re stepping into a painting this spring by visiting Giverny. Monet preferred gardens that weren’t too controlled, so Giverny’s gardeners maintain his vision by allowing plants arranged by color to grow freely and naturally. In the springtime, tulips, daffodils, pansies, daisies, irises, peonies, rhododendrons, geraniums, and cherry and apple blossoms are among the flowering blooms.

Crested Butte, Colorado

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Crested Butte, Colorado

Crested Butte has earned the title of the Wildflower Capital of Colorado thanks to its annual display of more than 50 species, including buttercups, lupine, Indian paintbrush, columbine and alpine sunflowers. Because of the mountain climate, the flower show starts in May and continues well into the summer and even early fall. Sometimes flowers start appearing earlier, pushing up through the remaining winter snow.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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Great Smoky Mountain National Park

With more than 1,500 types of wildflowers that explode in late winter and early spring, Great Smoky Mountain National Park has earned the nickname the “Wildflower National Park.” The park is famous for its ephemeral flowers, which bloom for a short period on forest floors before trees can regrow their lives and block the sunlight again. These more elusive flowers include  lady slipper orchids, violets and trillium. In late April, the park hosts a Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, a guided walking tour that attracts hundreds of flower admirers.

Gotland, Sweden

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Gotland, Sweden

The air on the Swedish island of Gotland is famously fragrant in the spring and summer, thanks to thousands of wildflowers in bloom. Wild orchids are said to grow here like weeds. Sweden is home to 40 different kinds of orchids, and 35 of them can be found in Gotland. Other abundant flowers include poppies, blue viper’s bugloss, wild chicory and orchids.

Mainau Island, Germany


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Mainau Island, Germany


Mainau Island is a more than 100-acre island in Germany’s Lake Constance. Also known as Flower Island, it’s home to a Baroque palace surrounded by lush trees with pathways and gardens full of more than a million tulips, rhododendrons, crocuses, daffodils and tulips that are in bloom from March to May.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

You can hike, walk or drive to take in the springtime sights at Shenandoah National Park along the Blue Ridge Mountains. More than 850 species of wildflowers bloom in the spring here. In early May, you can visit on Wildflower Weekend to take a guided tour of the best spots to savour blossoming bloodroot, violets, trillium and pink lady’s slippers. You can also drive the park’s 105-mile Skyline Drive to see clusters of pink azaleas.

Skomer Island, Wales

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Skomer Island, Wales

Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire coast of Wales sees an explosion of life in the spring. The island is a large breeding ground for Atlantic puffins, which arrive in April. The birds build their nests among carpets of white, blue and pink flowers, especially bluebells.

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway, America's longest linear park, runs from North Carolina to Virginia. The scenic drive comes alive with vibrant native plants in the springtime, though when flowers bloom in certain areas depends on elevation. Dandelions, buttercups, Indian paintbrushes and Queen Anne’s lace dot the roadside in springtime. Those who venture into the forest on foot can find chickweed, wild ginger, liverleaf, toothwort, spring beauty, trout lily, trillium, larkspur, foamflower and Jack-in-the-pulpit. The area’s famous rhododendron shrubs also start to show their white and pink buds in May.

Washington, DC

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Washington, DC

Beautiful flowers aren’t just spotted underfoot but also overhead in the springtime. The most famous place for enjoying cherry blossoms in the United States is Washington, D.C, at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. From roughly mid-March to mid-April each year, more than 3,000 trees around D.C. bloom. Taking a walk around the Tidal Basin is one of the best ways to see the blossom with capital monuments as a backdrop.

Mt. Yoshino, Japan

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Mt. Yoshino, Japan

Washington’s cherry blossom trees were sent over as gifts from Japan, so it makes sense for fans to go to the source for a real springtime treat. You can plan an entire holiday around following the blossoms from the south of Japan where they flower first to the north where they flower last. Tokyo’s Ueno Park is a popular destination thanks to its 8,800 trees, but Mount Yoshino outside of Nara is truly a striking sight. The mountain is covered with 30,000 cherry trees that blossom in a variety of colors. Some trees are thought be more than 1,000 years old.

Mt. Fuji, Japan

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Mt. Fuji, Japan

After chasing cherry blossoms, head to Japan’s Mt. Fuji for another gorgeous view. The base of the mountain will pop with 800,000 bright pink moss phlox (shibazakura) from April to May.

Mexico City, Mexico

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Mexico City, Mexico

Jacaranda trees are native to the Caribbean islands and Central and South America but migrated up through Mexico to Southern American states like California and Florida. Starting in March or April, they bloom with vibrant violet-blue trumpet-shaped flowers. Similar to D.C. with its cherry blossoms, Mexico City is famous for its streets and parks lined with jacarandas in the spring.

Brazil

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Brazil

Known as ipê amarelo in Portuguese, the golden trumpet tree is native to Brazil and is the country’s national plant. It flowers every spring like its relative the jacaranda, but with yellow blossoms instead of blue that can be seen quite well as the trees won’t have leaves during the blooming period. The capital city of Brasilia is a great place to see a dense population of trees.

Bhutan

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Bhutan

Flower fans simply cannot miss the show that takes place in the Himalayan mountain passes of Bhutan each spring. The country is famous for its orchids, violets and pink, white and yellow rhododendron, which begin to bloom in March. Lucky springtime trekkers can see lilies, larkspur and geraniums at higher elevations, and late spring to early summer is the ideal time to spot the country’s rare national flower, the Himalayan blue poppy.

South Africa



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South Africa



The west coast of South Africa is famous for its floral diversity. The southwestern tip of the cape is home to the Cape Floral Kingdom, a World Heritage site that covers just .05% of Africa’s land, but contains 20% of the continent’s flora. A couple hours north of Cape Town on the coast is West Coast National Park, which contains Postberg Flower Reserve. The reserve is only open a few months a year in the South African springtime (August and September). But many consider the best place to see concentrated flowers to be further north at Namaqua National Park. Of its 3,500 plant species, 1,000 of them can only be found there.

Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

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Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

A baby blue carpet of roughly 4.5 million nemophila flowers take over the hillside of Hitachi Seaside Park along Japan’s Pacific coast every year from late April to early May. The park has an array of plants and gardens that bloom in all four seasons, including beds of daffodils, tulips and poppies that also bloom in the spring.

England

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England

Narcissus flowers, commonly known as daffodils, are native to the Mediterranean and southern Europe, but migrated up to Great Britain in ancient times. The jolly yellow flowers became a hit across the country, and nowadays both natives or tourists wishing to welcoming the spring season can take in thousands of blooms in the city as well as the country. Daffodils dot St. James Park in Westminster, London, in early April. The “Golden Triangle” in Gloucestershire is also considered a prime area for wild daffodils.

The Best Places in the World To See Beautiful Spring Blooms [Gallery]