Who’s ready for spring?! (Raises hands.)
Though Mother Nature keeps stringing us along as to when spring will really arrive, we take a look at spots throughout the world where flowers are in bloom and you can develop spring fever until our temperatures cooperate.
Biltmore Blooms at The Biltmore in Asheville, N.C., has begun, and runs through May 24. This spring, the 8,000-acre backyard of George Vanderbilt, designed by architect Frederick Law Olmsted, comes alive with the sights, scents and sounds of spring.
In Rhode Island, Newport Daffodil Days Festival celebrates spring with more than 20 family-friendly events, including a dog parade and private garden tours, amongst nearly 1 million blooming daffodils throughout the city. The festival is in bloom April 14–22.
The 27th annual Tanto Tulip Festival in Japan is scheduled to take place April 18–30, and features 1 million planted tulips blooming in about 300 different designs throughout the countryside. Tanto is about 20 minutes from the hot springs town of Kinosaki.
The centerpiece of the 17th Annual Berlin Cherry Blossom Festival on April 29 is 10,000 blooming cherry blossoms that signify where the Berlin Wall once stood. Welcome spring in Germany with food and fruit wines from throughout the country.
The Macao Lotus Flower Festival (June 9–13) in China is an annual celebration of the aquatic perennial flowers that bloom for a short time once a year, and Macao goes all out with displays throughout the city. The festival is also symbolically significant, since the lotus flower is on the Macanese flag and is a symbol of continuous harmony and purity.
The largest flower show in the world arrives on the outskirts of London July 3–8 with The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Hampton Court, once the home of Henry VIII, is about an hour’s train ride into the countryside from the city.
Bring your brood abroad this year for spring break. Consider a visit to one of these destinations, perfect for a family-friendly getaway.
Making travel plans can be exciting; did you know planning on how to spend time at the airport the right way can enrich the overall trip experience? As a transfer hub, traveling through Doha's Hamad International Airport is a unique experience, as waiting never feels like waiting at one of the best airports in the world.
The western Canadian province of British Columbia is known for its skiing and winter sports, with Whistler Blackcomb often named one of North America’s top ski destinations. But British Columbia has more places to ski and play in the snow, family-friendly resorts with budget-friendly prices, and up to 400 inches of powder snow. An exchange rate of 75 cents to the dollar is an added incentive for American family travelers to travel north for a vacation.
Make this Easter the best yet and take your family to Camelback Resort. With the holiday quickly approaching, Camelback gears up for a weekend filled with family fun and Easter festivities — perfect for family travelers.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.