Spring Blooms around the World: Where to Catch a Glimpse

A single blooming flower marks the first sign of spring in destinations all over the world.  Some of the best cities to watch these joyous blossoms, representative of the warmer seasons are the hidden gem, Hangzhou, China, classic Washington D.C. and stunning Assisi, Italy.

Hangzhou, China
XixiPrice: $129 per night on average according to the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI)
Where to stay: Banyan Tree Hangzhou
The winter bloom of China’s distinct Mume flower, or “Plum Blossom,” marks the first signs of a Spring full of festivals and events in the ancient city of Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and splendid city in the world” for its ancient temples and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed West Lake.  The Winter-sweet and Mume Blossoms are frequently depicted in Chinese art and poetry as a symbol of perseverance and hope. Chaoshan Hill, XiXi Wetlands and Lingfeng are known as China’s top three areas for enjoying Mume blossoms through the month of April.

Washington, D.C.
Price: $156 per night on average according to the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI)
Where to stay: Hilton Garden Inn Washington D.C. Downtown
The #10 most visited place in the U.S. for International visitors, and #8 most visited place in the U.S. for Americans, Washington D.C. is at its most popular during the springtime. Visitors can relax on their Washington city vacation in Potomac Park and snap photos of the famous cherry blossoms during the National Cherry Blossom Festival starting March 20th.  The festival is a celebration of not only the springtime, but a thank you to the people of Japan for the cherry trees as a gift in 1912.  Bordering the Potomac River and the National Mall, the park includes the Jefferson Memorial and many more patriotic memorials.

Assisi, Italy
Price: $135 per night on average according to the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index (HPI)
Where to stay: Dal Moro Gallery Hotel
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this town in the Umbria region of Italy is absolutely stunning from now through May.  Sweeping the countryside are hoards of dark orange poppies.  It’s a sight to see, with medieval castles as the backdrop to this colorful ode to springtime.  Visitors can go by foot through the cobblestone streets through each of the piazzas, viewing historic churches and enjoying classic Italian foods and wines produced right in the region.

 
 
 

 

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