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03/28/2018

5 Destinations for Springtime Blooms

We invite you to stop and smell the roses. It may only be March, but we are ready for spring to be in full swing. The long, cold winter has caused an eruption of color from coast to coast, giving us the perfect excuse to take a trip to discover the dazzling floral displays across the country. Here are some of the best places to take in botanical beauty this spring.

Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.

Take a trip to the nation’s capital in late March or April for a glimpse of the infamous cherry blossoms.  During this time, pastel pink blooms frame the city’s monuments, streets, and parks.  Every year more than 1.5 million people flock to Washington D.C. to see these 3,000 trees in full bloom.  The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival takes place this year from March 20th until April 15th.   You can expect live performances, parades, and various other citywide events during the festival.

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{Photos via Flowers in Space}

Mojave Desert Poppies, California

Each year, wildflowers light up the Mojave Desert from Mid March until May.  The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is home to the state’s largest display of Poppies; California’s state flower.  The reserve spans across 1,745 acres of rolling hills and has over 7 miles of nature trails for wildflower viewing. 

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{Photos via Jet Setter}

Texas Tulips

Every spring, Dallas comes to life during the Dallas Blooms festival at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.  With over 66 acres and 500,000 flowers, this is the largest floral festival in the Southwest.  This six-week festival has been around for over 30 years and features over 100 varieties of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, pansies, violas and poppies.

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{Photos via Four Over Four & Tour Texas}

Carlsbad Flower Fields, California

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are open for the public to enjoy between March and mid-May.  This hillside farm overlooks the Pacific Ocean and boasts over 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers. The owner breeds only the brightest and fullest flowers and sells the specialty bulbs.  Over 100,000 visitors flock to this flower field to take in the vibrant sea of colors. 

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{Photos via Business Wire & Patch}

Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival, Oregon

Located just 45 minutes outside of Portland, The Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm welcomes photographers, home gardeners, hot air balloonists and vintage tractor enthusiasts to explore a cornucopia of tulips.  Wander through the 40 acres of rainbow-colored blooms, surrounded by crisp mountain air and expansive views.  This family-owned farm is open for exploration between March 23rd and April 30th

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{Photos via Girl Meets Glam}

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