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Floral tourism is no joke; there are millions of people that travel all over the world each year to see rare and exotic flowers bloom. With so many different destinations to choose from, it can be hard to pick the one that suits your preferences. Whether you’re inclined to travel to another continent, or you want to see some florals in your backyard, these destinations will WOW you.
Pretoria, South Africa: Jacaranda Trees
The sub-tropical Jacaranda Trees erupt in lilac purples and dark violets each year, and, like the Cherry Blossom tree, the Jacaranda Trees litter the ground with its pedals. It’s said that the Jacaranda Trees were introduced to Johannesburg and Pretoria by William Nelson in the 1800s, but Pretoria has some of the most vibrant trees. They even have cultural significance in South Africa, like shopping malls, restaurants, and cafes use their names to represent these beauties.
The Jacaranda Tree blooms from September-November, and absolutely fills the city with a sea of purple. Take a walk down Bosman Street in Pretoria to see a really fantastic view.
Azores, Portugal: Hydrangeas.
In Azores, Portugal, the city is consumed by the beautiful hydrangea, the pastel flower that resembles a cheerleader’s pom-pom. While you’re on vacation, you can send flowers to your loved ones, but you won’t be able to send these hydrangeas, as they’re protected by the country. In fact, the only reason they grow on the Azores is due to the unique climate. Thanks to the volcanic eruptions on other islands, Azores has the atmosphere to assist in their growth.
Take a trip to the island of Faial, where blue hydrangeas assault you; as the hills are so abundant with them, the landmass actually looks blue. Visit between June and July.
Lisse, Netherlands: Tulip Fields
It’s impossible to have a list about beautiful flowers and not include the Tulip Fields in Lisse, Netherlands. It’s thanks to the long spring season and the crisp nights that tulips are able to grow to such height in the Netherlands. Just looking over the technicolor field is enough to give you goosebumps, but what’s even better is you can purchase your own bouquet. The only problem is, they literally cost an arm or a leg. You’ll have to work a second job for these blooms.
The North-West and Central flower fields in the Netherlands are thought to be the best locations for flowers, specifically the Flevoland and Noordoostpolder regions. Visit in April or May.
Tochigi, Japan: Wisteria Canopies
Everyone goes to Japan to see the Cherry Blossoms, so let’s try something different. It’s no secret that Japan is home to the most beautiful florals, but the Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi is one of their most impressive outdoor attractions. Tourists are able to walk under the Wisteria Canopies, one of which is from a 150-year old tree. With over 350 wisteria trees in the park, you have to see this impressive beauty, but it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere any time soon.
Good news, the Wisteria season is the same as the Cherry Blossom season, so you kill two birds with one stone. Make sure you travel the first week of April, so you don’t miss it.
Antelope Valley, California, USA: California Poppy
Every year, the free-spirited wildflowers called the California Poppy erupts in Antelope Valley to leave a sea of orange. As the official state flowers, it’s telling that this beautiful poppy can capture the hearts of millions, so much so that the “Land of Fire” attracts millions of tourists. These poppies mean a lot to California, too, as the state created California Poppy Day to celebrate their significance. However, they will recoil in the sun, so plan accordingly.
Before you go, you can call the flower hotline (661-724-1180) to ask if it’s a good day to check out the blooms. Go between March to April and during slight overcast or a bit of rain.