Ah, spring; red-breasted robins, budding leaves, blooming flowers, newly hatched butterflies — it’s a time for shaking off the ice and snow of winter and warming up for the lazy summer months. Gentle, fragrant winds blow and the days get longer and sunnier with each new sunrise. However, there are some travel destinations where the magic of springtime just seems magnified; here are some of the most amazing, must-see destinations in the world to visit during spring:
An article about beautiful springtime destinations simply must include Paris. The capital of France has been called the city of love and features seemingly endless gardens, tree-lined streets, abundant blooms and quaint outdoor cafes to enjoy.
While temperatures can be crisp in April, by May it’s warmed up nicely. The Jardin du Luxembourg (Garden of Luxemborg) features a 60-acre park, the Luxembourg Palace and many miles of walking paths through perfectly manicured gardens.
Located in the heart of Italy, Tuscany was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and has plenty of culture to enjoy. It was the home to such luminaries as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli and Galileo.
Tuscany has an abundance of museums and lots of Renaissance art. It is regarded for its beautiful landscapes and delicious food, and it’s stunningly beautiful in springtime. Tuscany in spring features all of its culture plus the splendor of storybook villages and neat rows of farmland coming to life.
Washington DC, USA
The capital of the U.S. is brimming with American history as well as impressive federal buildings, museums and monuments, but it is also very well known for its springtime cherry blossoms. The cherry blossom trees of D.C. are the talk of the town during the National Cherry Blossom Festival, which showcases upwards of 3,000 cherry trees that were given to the city by Tokyo. The Cherry Blossom Festival is a three-week, city-wide event; dates vary, but it usually runs from mid-March to mid-April.
Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand
The South Island of New Zealand sits in the southern hemisphere, so springtime here is from September to November. This scenic area is less populated than other parts of New Zealand, with plenty of open spaces and gorgeous places to hike, bike, climb, sail, camp, paddle and swim.
Mao, Minorca, Spain
Minorca is an island in the Mediterranean just off Spain’s eastern coast that is absolutely gorgeous in springtime. The average high temperature is 70 degrees and there’s plenty of sunshine. Mao, Minorca offers great food, friendly people, gorgeous landscapes bursting with wildflowers and colorful butterflies. Enjoy bird watching or strolling golden sandy beaches framed by clear crystal-blue waters.
Springtime in Amsterdam offers more affordable prices over the summer rates. Weather is lovely in May with the air sweetened by the scent of blooming trees as well as the famous tulips they are known for. You can enjoy National Cycling Day and National Windmill Day in May — or combine both by scheduling a bike tour of the Netherlands’ abundant, picturesque windmills.
Spring is the season of rebirth, transforming dull, lifeless landscapes into vibrant scenes bursting with new life. Whether you prefer serene rural landscapes or lots of urban activity, there’s something for everyone around the world during springtime.