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3 Bright and Blooming Destinations for Spring Travel

Budding, beautiful, bright and bold, flowers are one of spring’s best gifts. For travelers, blooming season is the perfect time to plan a trip, head outside and see what’s sprouting and spreading its joyous colors along the way. Whether you are looking to see what’s blooming this April or just planting the seeds for next year’s spring travel, here are some places to stop and smell the roses, cherry blossoms, wildflowers and much more.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

Carlsbad, California

Each year come spring, 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers bloom into a jaw-dropping scene at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Located in north San Diego County’s rolling hills, the flower fields typically bloom six to eight weeks from early March through mid-May; this year the fields will be open through May 13. Tour the gardens by foot or wagon, and enjoy this gift from spring.

Where to Stay: Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa in Carlsbad, California.

antique tractor

Hop in an antique tractor wagon and enjoy the ride through the incredibly bold and colorful flower fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Photo by Nhan Nguyen, and courtesy of The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch.

National Cherry Blossom Festival

Washington, D.C.

The U.S. capital city is in the middle of its annual National Cherry Blossom Festival, which takes place for several weeks every spring. This year’s event began March 20 and will run through April 15. The tradition began in 1927, when the first festival was held to commemorate the Tokyo mayor’s gift in 1912 of more than 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C. Each year since then, Washington has bloomed cherry pink along the Tidal Basin in spring. Find out about all the other events going on during this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Where to Stay: The District by Hilton Club in Washington, D.C.

Tidal Basin

Located along Washington, D.C.’s Tidal Basin, cherry blossoms surround the Jefferson Memorial with their cotton pink blooms every spring. Photo by Lisa Zimmermann.

Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival

Orlando, Florida

Leave it to Disney to put on a super vibrant, engaging and bright flower festival each year. Yes, the 2018 International Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World’s Epcot theme park has already kicked off and will run through May 28 this year. The fest brings together more than 100 topiary characters and millions of blooms, while entertaining visitors with its exhibits, petal paradises, outdoor kitchens and even a Garden Rocks concert series. Entry to the festival is included in the price of admission.

Where to Stay: Las Palmeras, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club in Orlando, Florida.

Epcot

As you stroll through Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival, watch for characters—like Cogsworth, Chip and Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast—to come to life. Photo by Marc Soller, Flickr.

Want More?

Whether you’re off to your next vacation or simply looking to spot some wildflowers near you—from Nevada to New York—search the U.S. Forest Service’s Wildflower Viewing Areas to figure out where to go. Simply select a state, national forest or grassland, or forest service region from one of the three drop-down menus, and then click “list” for all matching results.