San Francisco, Calif. (PRWEB) March 20, 2012
Spring has finally come to the northern hemisphere, and that means warmer weather, more daylight and bright bursts of colorful flowers to chase away the winter blues. The team at Viator.com – the leading resource for researching and booking more than 9,000 tours and activities in 800-plus destinations in more than 150 countries – has compiled a list of destinations where travelers can enjoy the best sights and scents of the season as Mother Nature puts her best on display.
Tiptoe Through Tulips in Holland
The Dutch tulip is spring specimen of world-class renown, and Holland is home to the world’s largest flower garden, the Keukenhof, in Lisse – a short drive from Amsterdam. Through late May, travelers will see fields of tulips bloom in myriad colors on Viator’s tours to Keukenhof like the Keukenhof Gardens and Tulip Fields Tour, which includes a visit to the vast grounds featuring over 7 million flower bulbs. Talk about blooms: Floriade is the world's largest flower and gardening exhibition held only once every 10 years and Viator has skip the line access. Floriade 2012 World Horticultural Exhibition: Day Trip from Amsterdam brings flower lovers to Venlo, three hours from Amsterdam, to experience the world's most exquisite and exceptional flowers, plants, trees, fruits and vegetables across 163 acres. The Amsterdam Super Saver: Keukenhof Gardens and Floriade 2012 Day Trip combines the best of two floral delights at a 15% discount compared to buying the tours separately.
Daffodils in England’s Cotswolds
As one of the first flowers to bloom every year, bright, cheerful daffodils signal the end of the bleak winter months. Through mid-April, travelers can enjoy sweeping rows of daffodils that paint the English countryside a lush yellow on Viator’s England in One Day Trip, which departs from London and stops at Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds – famous for rolling hills bursting with wild daffodils. Viator’s new two-day Costwolds, Bath and Oxford Small-Group Tour from London lets travelers escape the hustle and bustle of London for two days visiting rural villages and small towns full of history, tradition and bouquets of daffodils.
Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.
In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gave 3,000 Yoshino cherry trees to the U.S. as a gift and today these trees flank historical monuments and the shores of the Potomac River’s tidal basin in the nation’s capital. The best time to see the spectacular displays from thousands of blossoming cherry trees is during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, through April 27. Viator’s three-hour Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Trees and Monuments Tour lets visitors admire the beautiful flowering trees as they visit key attractions such as the US Capitol, the White House and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial.
Cherry Blossoms in Tokyo, Japan
Spring is practically defined by the cherry blossom, an indigenous tree of Japan that blooms prominently throughout parks, gardens and temples from mid-March through mid-April. Viator’s Tokyo Highlights Afternoon Tour includes a tour of the cherry blossoms in Sumida Park along with a visit to the Imperial Palace, where snowdrifts of petals cover the wide paths of the complex. The Tokyo Tower and Tea Ceremony Day Tour also includes a stop at Sumida Park and the Imperial Palace, along with other city highlights such as Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple featuring a dense concentration of white and pink cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Bluebonnets in Texas Hill Country
Everything is bigger in Texas, and so is the state’s concentration of its official flower – the bluebonnet, which begins blooming in mid-March. On Viator’s Hill Country Magic Tour, travelers will see these colorful wildflowers lining the highways and carpeting the fields and prairies as they head into the heart of Texas Hill Country outside of San Antonio, with stops at LBJ Ranch and Fredericksburg.
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