In the springtime, there are so many destinations across the globe that show off their best floral varieties. Check out these 8 charming spring places for your first best trip in the new year.[rpi]
SKAGIT VALLEY, WASHINGTON, USA
If you are travelling to Washington, USA, in April, then not to be missed to visit Skagit Valley. Every April, Skagit Valley boasts a splendid beauty with long rows of rainbow-hued tulips in bloom. What’s more, the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, one of the largest Tulip Festivals in North America, is designed as a driving tour, to make it as easy as possible to view the scattered tulips throughout the valley. This festival intrigues a large number of visitors every year with a whole host of fun activities including photo competitions, barbecues and even helicopter rides that allow you to appreciate the flowers from above.
KEUKENHOF GARDENS, LISSE, HOLLAND – THE BEST SPRING FLOWER VIEWING SPOT
When it comes to the land of tulips, Holland is a must on the bucket list. In spring, you will see the brightly coloured flowers pop up in clusters all over the region, but the place where you will find the most is in the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Holland, just a short bus journey away from Amsterdam. Dating back to the 15th century, the garden attracts up to millions of visitors from far and wide, making it one of the most popular spring gardens in the world. Visit the Keukenhof Gardens from mid-March to mid-May for the best views.
PANJIN RED BEACH, CHINA
Located in the Liaohe River Delta, about 30km southwest of Panjin City in China, Red Beach in Panjin is one of the biggest wetlands in the world, covered by a rare red-coloured form of the plant called Sueda. Opening from May to October every year, Panjin Red Beach allows visitors to admire the brightly red carpet from above by walking across the artfully-arranged wooden bridges. Red Beach is also home to an abundance of rare species of birds such as the red crane and Saunders’s gull.
MOUNT FUJI, JAPAN
Aside from cherry blossoms, Japan is home to another pretty-in-pink spring bloom: Shibazakura. Considered the most famous Shibazakura viewing spot for multiple centuries, Mount Fuji looks gorgeous with millions of pink moss phloxes dotting this picturesque mountain and creating an impressive display. No spring trip to Mount Fuji is complete without attending the Fuji Shibazakura Festival which is held from mid-April to early-June each year and enjoying local food and drinks.
JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA – A DREAM FOR SPRING FLOWER ENTHUSIASTS
One of the most beautiful locations in South Korea, Jeju Island boasts the start of springtime with its famed spring flowers and is a dream for flower enthusiasts. It is the perfect place to experience gorgeous views of blooming bright yellow rapeseed, canola flowers and cherry blossoms that are sprawling up the slopes of Halla Mountain and Sanbangsan Mountain. Visit between late March and early April, you will be able to feast your eyes on the gorgeous scenery of spring flowers in full bloom.
ANTELOPE VALLEY, CALIFORNIA, USA
Each spring, the Antelope Valley in California ignites in a carpet of wild poppies, making it great for admiring beautiful florals. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve boasts the dream-like landscape of wild poppies infused with the imposing mountains in the background. Visit the scenic Antelope Valley between late March and early April to see the best view of the flowers in the area and stroll along over 12 kilometres of winding trails. Make sure to check the weather forecast before heading out as the poppies open up in the heat and curl up when it is cold.
UMBRIA, ITALY – THE STUNNING SPRING LOCATION
A dream for outdoor enthusiasts, the Piani di Castelluccio plain, Umbria, Italy is also world-renowned for its dense vineyards, lush green hills and wildflower meadows, attracting huge throngs of visitors from around the world. Take a stroll amongst the endless collection of meadows that burst with colour in the spring and you can spot avalanche poppies and undulating mountains in an impressive display. Visit Umbria from early May to late June, walk along the hiking trails and snap photos of the expansive views of the florals.
CARDIFF, WALES, UK
Cardiff, the capital of Wales, earns its name when this spot comes alive with yellow daffodils – the national flower of Wales. Known as one of the first flowers to be seen in spring, the yellow daffodils remain a firm British favourite. The best time for you to admire the most enchanting view of the flowers is between late February and early April when you can soak up these floral beauties across Cardiff or on the grassy hill outside Cardiff Castle.