Last Updated April 26, 2022 4/26/2022

20 of the Most Stunning Spring Destinations

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Traveling in the spring not only means fewer crowds and pleasant weather, but it also brings some especially breathtaking scenery including everything from lush meadows and powerfully flowing waterfalls to brilliant blooming flowers. These especially stunning springtime destinations might just inspire you to start planning your next trip.

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Castelluccio, Umbria, Italy
Castelluccio, Umbria, Italy

Castelluccio, Umbria, Italy

This tiny village is the highest settlement in the Apennine Mountains of central Italy. Known mostly as the source of the world’s finest lentils available from local farmers, nature lovers are drawn to this town with a population of about 150 for its mostly undiscovered, dramatic beauty. It may be at its best in springtime when the fields are filled with thousands of colorful, blooming flowers, including red poppies and yellow rapeseed. There are also a number of well-maintained trails that offer everything from easy walks suitable for just about everyone to challenging treks for the experienced hiker.

Hitachi Seaside Park - Hitachinaka, Japan
Hitachi Seaside Park, Japan

Hitachi Seaside Park - Hitachinaka, Japan

Hitachi Seaside Park, located in Hitachinaka, less than two hours from Tokyo near Ibaraki Prefecture on Japan’s east coast, is an endless flower paradise, beautiful year-round, but especially magnificent in the spring when baby blue flowers known as nemophilas bloom across the landscape. During April and May, there are more than 4.5 million of these delicate flowers, resembling what some feel may be true heaven on earth. From Miharashi No Oka hill, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean too.

Portland, Oregon
Steel Bridge and Cherry Blossom Trees in Portland Oregon.

Portland, Oregon

Spring is the best time to visit Portland if you want to see why it’s called the “City of Roses.” With Portland’s climate perfect for growing roses, you’ll see and smell thousands and thousands across the landscape, with blooms beginning in April and peaking in June. This is also the time of year for the Portland Rose Festival, a month-long event running from mid-May through mid-June, featuring stunning flower shows, fireworks, parades, thrill rides, live music and more.

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan
Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Japan

Fuji-Hakone-Izu is Japan’s most visited national park, home to the nation’s iconic Mount Fuji along with volcanic islands, deep lakes, hot springs and waterfalls. It’s a glorious destination any time of the year, but early spring means cherry blossom season, with the plum and cherry blossom trees beginning to bloom in late February, typically lasting through March and into early April. Gazing at majestic Mount Fuji through the pale lavender and rose-hued branches in the park, you’ll realize that long flight was more than worth it.

Bonn, Germany
Bonn, Germany

Bonn, Germany

This laid-back city on the Rhine is famous as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven, drawing travelers with its world-class museums and lovely riverside setting in addition to making a great jumping-off point to the Siebengebirge nature reserve and other attractions in the region. In the springtime, cherry blossoms burst into millions of pink flowers in Bonn, creating a magical tunnel avenue in the hip Nordstadt quarter, just a five-minute walk from Beethoven’s House that lasts for just two to three precious weeks each year. “Cherry Blossom Avenue,” is filled with ornamental Japanese cherry blossom trees on both sides of the narrow street, planted back in the 1980s, extending over the street, at some points into a full canopy.

Columbia River Gorge, Pacific Northwest, USA
Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge, Pacific Northwest, USA

This canyon stretches for over 80 miles along the Columbia River, providing some of the most dramatic views all year round, but with the change of seasons in March comes thousands of vibrant yellow Oregon sunflowers, also known as arrowleaf balsamroot. Sunny slopes and open Ponderosa forests explode with color. Set in unspoiled surroundings, they create an especially breathtaking landscape. Hood River Valley, toward the eastern end of the gorge, is the epicenter for spring blooms, including beautiful pink and white fruit tree blossoms, and an ideal place to welcome in the season. The region marks the arrival of spring with its annual Blossom Time, a three-week-long celebration featuring special events throughout the area.

Paris, France
Paris, France

Paris, France

You may roll your eyes at the cliché, Paris in the springtime, but there’s a reason that classic song lauds its many attributes during this season. This truly is the loveliest time for a trip to the “City of Lights,” with its spectacular colors and mild weather, in addition to its famous parks and gardens being absolutely breathtaking. It’s hard not to fall in love with Paris after a few days gazing at roses, majestic sculptures, 17th-century fountains and banana trees hiding in the magnificent corners of Parisian gardens. You won’t want to miss the Louvre, with its collection not only including drawings and paintings but the Carrousel gardens and Tuileries with explosions of spring color and fragrant paths.

Sognefjord, Norway
Sognefjorden

Sognefjord, Norway

Sognefjord is the longest fjord in Europe stretching for more than 127 miles. When the snow melts in the spring, brilliant wildflowers are revealed. In Indre Sogn, the climate is suitable for growing berries and other fruits, and it’s one of the major areas of fruit production in the country. The region is also known for its azure-colored glaciers and magnificent waterfalls as well as towering mountains with breathtaking jagged peaks.

Skagit Valley, Washington
Skagit Valley

Skagit Valley, Washington

Travelers from all corners of the globe come to Skagit Valley to view the nearly endless tulip fields, transforming the landscape into one of the most incredibly vivid sights of color you’ll ever lay eyes on. One of the world’s best spring vacation destinations, the area’s tulip festival is held during the entire month of April, with much of it designed as a driving tour through the hundreds and hundreds of different colored tulips. Visitors can also enjoy boat tours, art shows featuring local, regional and international artists as well as entertainment and wine tasting.

Loire Valley, France
Chambord castle in Loire valley, France.

Loire Valley, France

When spring arrives, the stunning Loire Valley is filled with sleepy villages that are de-thawing from winter’s chill, while vineyard buds are beginning to burst and wildflowers pop up along the banks of the river. The area is famous for its dozens of historic chateaus, including Chambord and Amboise Castle as well as the magnificent Chartres Cathedral along with diverse and abundant wildlife. Riverboat tours are also available to make the most out of the beautiful weather.

Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital is well-known as one of the best spring destinations, with the season bringing an explosion of color when the hundreds of cherry trees sprout blushing blooms. The pretty pink flowers frame the area’s famous national monuments from late March through early April, which happens to correspond with the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. The pleasant weather makes it a perfect time to see the sights, from the National Mall to Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol itself, while a number of local companies host all types of cherry blossom tours to help visitors make the most of their flower-peeping experience.

Cornwall, England
Cornwall, England

Cornwall, England

Spring is the best time to visit Cornwall, in the extreme southwest region of the United Kingdom, with the area’s gardens in full bloom. It’s the only place in the United Kingdom to see flowering magnolia trees this time of year, signaling the true arrival of spring. You’ll find plenty of ways to burn off all the fabulous seasonal food available too, including wandering among the blooming flowers on the moors or even taking a dip in the sea. If a spring storm happens to come in, the crashing waves make for a mesmerizingly dramatic scene.

Tulip Festival, Netherlands
Stunning spring landscape, famous Keukenhof garden with colorful fresh tulips, flowers and Dutch windmill in background

Tulip Festival, Netherlands

The only place that can beat Washington’s Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in terms of breathtaking, endless beauty, is the Netherlands, which produces the most tulips in the world. In the spring, the landscape is covered in colorful fields of vibrant-hued blossoming flowers. Seven million tulips bloom annually in Keukenhof alone, the world’s largest flower park, while the Tulip Festival was created specifically to introduce visitors to the tulip fields in the Noordoostpolder, where the land has been transformed into a colorful spectacle. A special route will take you through some of the most incredibly beautiful and panoramic tulip fields, with a variety of options, including covered wagon, walking, biking and horse carriage ride tours.

Hortobagy National Park, Hungary
Hortobagy National Park

Hortobagy National Park, Hungary

Hungary’s largest protected area with vast plains that stretch across much of central-eastern Europe, is one of the continent’s premier birdwatching destinations, with the breeding sites of the red-footed falcon, squacco heron and pygmy cormorant all found here. Its alkaline steppes, meadows and wetlands support a vast garden of salt-tolerant plants like the green-winged orchid, rhone aster and Hungarian see lavender. In the springtime, you’ll discover them bursting into bloom in shades of violet, mingled with a sea of white and yellow chamomile. Sometimes referred to as “big sky country,” this is the largest semi-natural grassland in Europe. Although weather conditions in this region can be harsh, with hot summers and frigid cold winters, spring is typically quite pleasant.

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Manuel Antonio National Park

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

This national park just south of Quepos on the Pacific coast offers expansive white sand beaches bordering a lush, tropical rain forest, home to nearly 200 different bird species and more than 100 species of mammals including monkeys, iguanas, sloths and toucans. Dolphins and whales can sometimes be observed just offshore. By traveling in the spring, you’ll miss the high season, otherwise known as the dry season, avoiding the biggest crowds, as well as the peak of the rainy season.

Seryang-je Reservoir - Hwasun County, South Korea
Seryang-je, Hwasun County

Seryang-je Reservoir - Hwasun County, South Korea

This reservoir built in 1969 in the South Jeolla Province, was listed in the CNN “50 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Korea.” In the spring, it becomes extraordinarily magnificent. With its ethereal mist and reflections of leaves and colorful blossoms, the lake is a famous spot for amateur and professional photographers. The green tea fields, here and throughout the country are even more picturesque in the springtime too.

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Falls

Yosemite National Park

While it’s usually still a little early to see wildflowers in the park, spring is the best season to see Yosemite’s many magnificent waterfalls. As warmer weather begins to melt the snow, you’ll see numerous falls and cascades of all sizes along the Valley, including legendary falls like Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall and Vernal Fall, along with plenty of small, unnamed waterfalls. And, you’ll be able to enjoy them without the big crowds, which don’t arrive until summer.

Menorca, Spain
Menorca, Spain

Menorca, Spain

Menorca is the second largest of the Balearic Islands, situated off the east coast of Spain in the Mediterranean. Spring is the best time to visit, when wildflowers are out and blossoms are in full bloom. With temperatures and pricing rising steeply by mid-June, you’ll avoid shelling out an arm and a leg in addition to the searing heat. Despite its smaller size among the other islands, the number of beaches equals those that can be found on Ibiza and Mallorca combined – and, in the spring, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to enjoy an expansive stretch of sand practically all to yourself.

Monterey Bay, California
Monterey Bay, California

Monterey Bay, California

On the central coast of California, the patches of pink succulents in Monterey are a trademark for spring blooms, with the brilliant displays overlooking the ocean, creating an especially magnificent landscape of pinks as well as blues and greens. You’ll also find carpets of pink and yellow flowers along with purple bushes dotted along the shoreline here, and just south in Pacific Grove. April, May and June are also great months for whale watching, with humpback whales migrating to the area for the feeding season. The bay is the most abundant food source for these majestic creatures.

Caceres, Spain
Royal Monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe in Caceres, Spain.

Caceres, Spain

This beautiful small city situated about halfway between Madrid and Lisbon has been described as one of the most unspoiled medieval towns in Europe. Bone chillingly cold in the winter and brutally hot at the peak of summer, spring is almost idyllic – and, arguably when Caceres is at its most stunning. This is when the cherry groves and almond trees in Jerte Valley are in full blossom, mountain snows are thawing, with flora and fauna coming alive once again. As the city’s origins date back to prehistoric times, you’ll be able to savor the historical center and its numerous sites, including well-preserved palaces, plazas, towers and buildings that date from the Middle Ages and Renaissance without having to battle the crowds.

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