Spring is the season for flower festivals, and if your family plans to attend any of these popular events, now is the time to make your family travel arrangements. These are popular events and hotel rooms fill early.
As you would expect, spring — and its flowers — arrive earliest in southern regions, and one of the nation’s most popular festivals celebrates the arrival of cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. It’s impossible to predict exactly when these clouds of pink will be the most showy around the Tidal Basin, but the National Cherry Blossom Festival this year runs March 20–April 16.
At the same time, in Skagit Valley, Washington, 300 acres of tulip fields bloom during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, which lasts the entire month of April. Walk the paths among 1 million hand-planted bulbs covering the 5-acre RoozenGaarde in colorful patterns and designs. Then, drive through the valley to see field after field with millions of tulips in bloom.
Back in the East, the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, bursts into bloom with more than 3 million bright daffodils along its roadsides and in gardens throughout the island. Daffodil Festival events, held April 27–30, include an antique car parade (the island is filled with classic and antique vehicles for the occasion) and a tailgate picnic.
In early May, two cities with large populations descended from Dutch immigrants celebrate their heritage with tulip festivals. At Tulip Time in Pella, Iowa, the streets are lined with 300,000 blooming bulbs. You can try authentic foods and crafts at Dutch Craft Market or climb inside a replica windmill.
Dutch settlers planted the first 100,000 tulip bulbs in Holland, Michigan, in 1929, a number that has grown to more than 6 million today. Six miles of city streets are lined with tulips and you’ll see more in fields, gardens and dooryards wherever you look. Holland’s Tulip Time Festival runs May 6–13.
A trip focused on wellness and mindfulness remains a priority for many family travelers, and thanks to outdoor accommodations booking website Pitchup.com, outdoor enthusiasts can combine the best of both worlds. Plan a winter camping trip to one of these three destinations, blending nature with wellness-focused amenities and activities.
Embark on a family journey through The Last Frontier with Celebrity Cruises® and experience an unforgettable luxury vacation in the untouched natural beauty of Alaska. The breathtaking landscape of this pristine wilderness sets the stage for every memorable moment from up-close, awe-inspiring views of glaciers to observing native wildlife, including whales, bears, bald eagles, and moose. This corner of the world offers not only spectacular scenery, but also opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Alaska — from the native people who’ve lived here for centuries to the adventurers seeking their fortunes during the gold rush. No matter which sailing you choose, you’ll journey through the ever-popular Inside Passage — one of the most popular experiences on any Alaska vacation — and visit Hubbard Glacier or Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier.
Whether it’s a quiet break for two in the middle of family travel or a winter getaway by the sea, these New England resorts reward your travels with plenty of pampering at their full-service spas. Each of these offers both single and couple’s massages and other treatments.
Nashville is a premier destination for celebrating the holidays with ample attractions, extravagant light displays and cheerful special events.
Chasing Rabbits, a unique entertainment venue for family travelers, is now open in Vail, Colorado. Located within Vail Village at Solaris Plaza, the venue offers travelers numerous experiences under one roof, including dining outlets, a cinema, a speakeasy, library lounge and arcade.