From Yosemite National Park to New York City, Musement shares seven places in America with exquisite spring scenery.
When the snow starts to melt and the sun puts an extra spring in your step, the flowers start to bloom. Here are some of the best places in North America to admire gorgeous spring scenery.
1. See the Capital’s Cherry Blossom Trees in Bloom
Between mid-March and mid-April, the cherry blossom trees in Washington, D.C. blanket the city in pink blooms. Admire Mother Nature’s artistry as you stroll the paths around the Tidal Basin, where the pink flowers contrast prettily with the white granite monuments. Other places to see the trees in full bloom include Dumbarton Oaks in the Georgetown neighborhood, Oxun Run Park in southeast D.C., and the United States National Arboretum in the northeast corner of the city.
2. Go Dutch at Holland, Michigan’s Tulip Time Festival
Head to Holland in early May to see more than six million colorful tulips planted in perfect rows at Veldheer Tulip Gardens, Window on the Waterfront, Nelis’ Dutch Village, and Windmill Island Gardens. The city’s Tulip Time Festival is a week-long celebration of its Dutch heritage, featuring the national flower of the Netherlands. Visitors can try traditional Dutch dishes, watch dance demonstrations, and tiptoe through the tulips at this annual festival.
3. See Why Tony Bennett Loves Spring in Manhattan
Wayne Newton may love Central Park in fall, but Tony Bennett prefers Washington Square Park in the springtime. This New York City public park is a favorite of Greenwich Village residents. Its wide, tree-lined brick paths, impressive art and architecture, and expansive lawns perfect for impromptu picnics make it a must-see springtime destination.
4. Everything’s Better With Bluebonnets On It
The hills of central Texas are blanketed in bluebonnets each spring. These beauties are the official state flower and the legacy of former first lady Lady Bird Johnson, who made it her mission to make her home state Instagram-worthy long before social media even existed. Although you’ll see bluebonnets all over the Lone Star State between mid-March and the end of April, the epicenter is Ennis. Ennis has over forty miles of Bluebonnet Trails and holds an annual festival in mid-April to celebrate its status as the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.”
5. Get a Bird’s-Eye View of Banff
Banff is beautiful any time of year, but sunny skies and crisp mountain air make spring in this popular resort town especially appealing. For a panoramic view of the snowcapped mountains and gorgeous greenery, take the Banff Gondola up the side of Sulphur Mountain and follow the boardwalk to Sanson’s Peak.
6. Celebrate Spring in Sunny Sedona
If you’re looking for summer-like temperatures during the spring, head to sunny Sedona, Arizona. Whether you’re hiking through Red Rock State Park, kayaking down the Verde River, or gliding over the Coconino National Forest in a hot air balloon, you’ll be treated to stunning displays of desert scenery.
7. Fall in Love With Yosemite’s Beauty
The best time to see the iconic waterfalls in Yosemite National Park is in late spring when they roar into action spurred on by melting snow. Several of the falls are only seasonal-only sensations, including Ribbon Falls on the west side of El Capitan, Horsetail Falls on the east side, and Yosemite Falls, visible from the valley and Glacier Point.