The 6 best ways to see spring flowers


Spring is here! While you can see spring flowers just about anywhere, there are some places where the colorful vistas are particularly epic. From tulips in Holland to cherry blossoms in Japan, here are the best ways to see the world's most famous blooms.

Holland tulips by bike
Colorful rows of tulips blanket the Netherlands every year from mid-March to mid-May. Do as the Dutch do and hop on a bike to pedal past the blooms. You can strike out on your own or join an organized tour.

Texas bluebonnets by car
Every spring, around March or April, swaths of Texas countryside turn blue as the bluebonnet flowers appear. The little blue flowers are such a popular attraction that the town of Ennis has mapped out 40 miles of especially beautiful driving routes. Don't forget your camera -- this is one of the most popular spots on Pinterest.

Washington D.C. cherry blossoms by paddle boat
Cherry blossoms turn the National Mall into a pink wonderland in April. Hop in a paddle boat and float around the Tidal Basin to get a close-up look at the blooms around the Jefferson Memorial.

California poppies by foot
Antelope Valley in the Mojave Desert erupts with orange poppies between February and May. You can join a free guided tour through the preserve, or take a hike on your own.

Madeira flower festival by cruise
The streets of Funchal on the Portuguese island of Madeira are strung with flowers, and parades and events celebrate the spring blooms. Fred Olsen Cruise Lines offers a flower festival cruise, which stops in Funchal to enjoy the events before continuing on to Tenerife.

Japan cherry blossoms by party
For the ultimate cherry blossom viewing experience, head to Japan in March or April. Hanami (flower viewing) is celebrated here with large outdoor parties featuring food and drinks under the blooms.

Holland Flower Exhibition of Keukenhof Gardens
Holland Flower Exhibition of Keukenhof Gardens

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