Cupid's Pulse Article: Travel Destinations: Top 5 U.S. Spots for Spring FlowersCupid's Pulse Article: Travel Destinations: Top 5 U.S. Spots for Spring Flowers

By Rachel Sparks

Spring is an exciting time of revival and rebirth. Our New Year’s resolutions are underway and our workout routines are finally showing results. We can shed those chunky knit sweaters and go on road trips with the windows down. It’s a time to discover our own personal beauty, but it’s also a time when nature’s beauty rivals anything we can create ourselves. These travel destinations make for a perfect romantic getaway or a date night!

These top 5 places in the U.S. should be at the top of your travel destinations list to see colorful buds this spring!

1. Washington, DC.: Have you ever heard of DC.’s Cherry Blossom Festival? If you haven’t, this needs to be added to your US travel bucket list. The U.S.’s version of the traditional Japanese cherry blossom festival is a valiant rival. Starting as early as March 15, though traditionally early April, the district transforms into a pastel pink wonderland. The best places to see the blossoms: the shoreline of the East Potomac Park near the Tidal Basin. Beware, millions of tourists come to see this amazing sight.

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2. Mount Rainier National Park, WA: With it’s plunging valleys and stark white-topped mountains, any bloom looks mystical against this dramatic backdrop. The entire national park ranges thousands of acres, but the two best places to see blooms are Sunrise and Paradise visitor centers for majestic meadows of dancing blooms. The park has trails specific to wildflower hunts. Can’t wait to get started? The national park has a Flickr group dedicated to their wildflowers.

3. Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, Brooklyn, NY: Spanning 52-acres both indoor and outdoor, this massive botanic garden is rated one of the top five botanic gardens in the U.S. Seasonal exhibitions feature global wildlife, such as their Out of Africa special this year. What makes them special: their cherry blossoms are part of a traditionally staged Japanese garden. Walk over bridges and past soaring pagodas to feel like you’ve stepped into another world. In addition to cherry blossoms, magnolia’s creamy petals and lilac’s varying soft shades show a wide variety of the beauty of nature. At $15 a ticket, it’s a cheap weekend date idea!

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4. Dallas, TX: Get to Texas before the heat hits. Dallas hosts a six week long flower festival featuring tulips, daffodils, Dutch Irish, and hyacinth. Globally themed in 2018, the Dallas Arboretum will focus on a different country each week and include festivities specific to each culture along with its normal floral-themed festivities.

5. The Biltmore, Asheville, NC: Never heard of this gem? You’re not alone. The Biltmore is the largest manor in the United States, owned and operated by the Vanderbilt family. In its prime, it took over 600 people to keep the manor fully operational. Even during winter when the gardens are nothing but dried twigs, the estate is worth visiting. If you come in spring, the gardens in full colorful bloom. With a fully functional farm, an inn, multiple five-start restaurants, it’s well worth a weekend trip.

Where do you dream of visiting in the U.S. for spring flowers? Share you travel dreams below!