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.
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.
If you’re trying to travel with the family on a budget, you might feel like there’s no way you’ll be able to truly enjoy all the culinary experiences you might if you were to travel solo or just with your partner. However, that’s not necessarily the case. Don’t make the mistake of thinking every culinary capital across the globe is going to cost you a pretty penny every time you head to dinner as a crew. A new study from Sail Croatia uncovered the cheapest foodie destinations in Europe, so you can plan your next trip accordingly.
Dude alert: If you’ve fallen out of touch with the other guys in your family, Cody Yellowstone is the perfect place to catch up — and autumn is the ideal season for doing so in the great outdoors. From off-road adventures to historic ghost towns to plenty of wildlife, there’s something in this dynamic destination to please family travelers.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.