Best places to visit in spring
Is the thought of warmer air, longer days, and bright spring flowers taunting you from the abyss of cold, short, dark winter days? 💭 Same! We’re glad we’re not alone in our bottomless, monochromatic chill … so thanks, and also, sorry? 😜 🥶 To lessen the chill, today we’re going to share the best places to visit in the spring for colourful flowers around the world. 👏
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- Taormina, Italy — Taormina will captivate you with panoramic views of Sicily’s surrounding landscape, including pops of pink oleander flowers dotting the cliffside.
- Nashville, Tennessee — Nashville is colourful and bright, and places like the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens are a perfect springtime destination.
- Mykonos, Greece — can you just see it? The dramatic contrast of blue and white? Look a little closer and you’ll see the stunning pops of colour Mykonos is showing off!
- San Juan, Puerto Rico — we adore classic Old San Juan’s cobblestone streets and colourful buildings, accented by even more colourful flowers, tiles, doors, walls, and more.
- Hoi An, Vietnam — Hoi An is an old town that brilliantly displays a well-preserved ancient history — a colourful melting pot, rich in beauty, with walkable, winding streets and an eclectic fusion of cultures.
- Montreal, Canada — French-speaking Montreal is an awesome urban destination that’s charming, eclectic, and energetic.
- Lisbon, Portugal — old world and new dance together in charming Lisbon!
- Kyoto, Japan — Cherry blossom season typically spans from late March through early April in Kyoto, and cherry blossoms plus Japanese culture go hand in hand.
- Washington, DC — the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are absolutely iconic — the stars of springtime in DC.
- Amsterdam, Netherlands — Did your mind instantly go to fields of tulips and endless natural beauty? Oh, Amsterdam!
1. Taormina, Italy
Taormina is a hilltop town located on Sicily’s East Coast. While Taormina is a popular summertime travel destination, we love this dreamy getaway just as much in the springtime! 🇮🇹
Glamorous Taormina will captivate you with panoramic views of Sicily’s surrounding landscape. Stroll across a thin strip of sand leading out to the small but picturesque Isola Bella and explore the beautiful island house that was converted into a nature reserve. We especially love the beautiful pink 💓 oleander flowers and the stunning mountainside cliffs and ancient buildings perched high above the ocean. 😍
2. Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville is known as America’s Music City 🎸, but we’d like to add it to our list for one of the USA’s best places to visit in the spring! Nashville is awesome year-round, but spring weather in Nashville is a real treat. Nashville is colourful and bright, and places like the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens are a perfect springtime destination. 📸
For more of our fave Nashville photo ops, don’t forget to check out the Top 10 Places to Take Photos in Nashville! An American classic, Nashville in the spring rocks! 🤘
3. Mykonos, Greece
I mean, Greece is a no-brainer, right? You can just see it now — the dramatic contrast of blue and white — but look a little closer and you’ll see the stunning pops of colour Mykonos shows off. Can we all say it together? “Bougainvillea!!” (Saying and/or typing “Bougainvillea” is more complicated than looking at said pink beauty, trust us.) 🌸
Another packed summertime vacation spot, one of the best places to visit in spring is Mykonos — most visited from just after Easter (April) through October — visiting in the spring will help avoid the peak crowds you’ll find in the late summer. 😎
4. San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan is Puerto Rico’s capital, situated on the north coast of the island, touching both the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. We adore classic Old San Juan’s cobblestone streets and colourful buildings, accented by even more colourful flowers, tiles, doors, walls, and more. 🎨 Make sure to visit Fortaleza Street (“Umbrella ☂️ Street”) — a main street staple here in San Juan. Although we know Puerto Rico is a fantastic summertime beach destination (who could say no to white sand beaches?! Yeah, literally no one), San Juan is a beautiful, colourful springtime destination, too.
5. Hoi An, Vietnam
Located along the central coast of Vietnam, Hoi An 🇻🇳 is an old town that brilliantly displays a well-preserved ancient history — a colourful melting pot, rich in beauty. With walkable, winding streets and an eclectic fusion of cultures, you’ll pass wooden Chinese shopfronts and colourful French colonial houses as you explore. This travel destination provides plentiful outdoor activities, cultural traditions, and a bright mix of colours and textures, making it a visual delight, particularly in the springtime when the weather is dry and milder than in other seasons. Hoi An may not have been on your list before, but it’s definitely one of the best places to visit in spring! ☀️
6. Montreal, Canada
Montreal — considered the cultural capital of Canada 🇨🇦 — is an awesome urban destination that’s charming, eclectic, and energetic. ⚡️ This French-speaking city isn’t as warm early on as some of our other springtime recommendations, but if you are looking for a late spring trip, consider Montreal! The Jardin Botanique, Mount Royal Park, and the Musée des Hospitalières garden are some of our springtime favourites to enjoy in Montreal. 🙌
7. Lisbon, Portugal
Old world and new dance together 💃 in charming Lisbon. Called the City of Seven Hills, reaching the top of one of Lisbon’s many lookouts rewards travellers with sweeping views of the iconic orange rooftops and the Tagus River below. In the springtime, Lisbon 🇵🇹 is one of our favourite places in all of Europe! The already colourful city becomes even more radiant when the spring blooms are in season; some Lisbon faves in the spring weather are Gulbenkian Gardens, the lawns of the Belém Cultural Center, and the Park and Palace of Monserrate. 🌼
8. Kyoto, Japan
We couldn’t have a list of colourful springtime destinations without including Japan — namely Kyoto! 🌸🌸🌸 Cherry blossom (sakura) season in Kyoto typically spans from late March through early April. Cherry blossoms and Japanese culture 🇯🇵 go hand in hand for beauty and elegance. We highly recommend booking a Flytographer shoot whenever you travel, and Kyoto has so many incredible routes to choose from that show off all Kyoto (especially in the spring) has to offer! 🎎
9. Washington, DC
Speaking of cherry blossoms, but back in America, it’s time to talk about Washington, DC! ❤️ We all know the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin are absolutely iconic stars of springtime in DC. Peak bloom forecasts are a hot topic, and after you see photos of just how stunning they are, it’s easy to see why. Visiting Washington, DC in the summertime can be a hot and sweaty experience, so why not make a spring vacation happen and enjoy DC during this beautiful season?
10. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Last, but certainly not least, Amsterdam! 🌷 Did your mind instantly go to fields of tulips and endless natural beauty? Ours, too. Oh, Amsterdam! From flowers to windmills to Dutch delights, Amsterdam is easily one of the best places to visit in spring. Peak season here is a bit later than in other locales — we recommend late April through early May. 🗓
Capturing Memories in Spring
If you’re ready to bury (or light on fire 🔥) your winter attire and bring to light all the spring clothes currently hidden in the back of the closet, you’re not alone! 🙋♀️ Now is the perfect time to plan your escape. 💨 We hope these fun, florally, and family-friendly springtime must-sees are inspiring you to make this dreary time of year pass a little quicker. ⏳
Other honourable mentions for springtime destinations? New York City and Paris are both delightful in the springtime — bursting with new life and colour. We also love San Diego (don’t miss Southern California’s wildflowers!), Hawaii, New Orleans … we could go on and on! Maybe consider a road trip somewhere nearby 🚗 where the scenery may be just different enough to delight your floral fancies?
Lastly, a few of our best tips for your colourful springtime photos, including this blog post sharing the Best Colours for Family Pictures Outside, 8 Photo Shoot Tips to Look and Feel Great on Camera, and Top 6 Tips for Your Next Outdoor Photo Shoot. 🤙
Bring on colourful, wonderful spring! 🌈
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Classic Old San Juan