In case you didn’t know, cherry blossom season is in full-swing!
Even if your town doesn’t have an ideal climate for the beautiful blooms, you can still enjoy photos of the vibrant trees. It’s almost as good as wandering through rows and rows of them.
In an effort to celebrate that spring has finally sprung, we thought it’d be fun to tour the world’s most beautiful forests and budding trees. You don’t have to be an arborist to appreciate these spectacular saplings.
Washington D.C.’s cherry blossoms are famous the world over.
On March 27, 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gifted the city a slew of cherry blossom trees in an effort to further solidify the blossoming relationship between the nations.
Meanwhile, over on the West Coast, California’s Redwoods National Park is nothing to scoff at.
The towering trees actually make up an old-growth temperate rainforest.
Experience it via countless hiking trails or drive along the Avenue of the Giants.
But if you’re really looking for a showstopper, the wisteria trees at Japan’s Ashikaga Flower Park are where it’s at.
More than 350 wisteria trees bloom at the park.
But perhaps the most impressive is the Great Wisteria — it’s over 150 years old and requires a massive trellis to support the beautiful blooming branches.
Nestled in Southern Oregon, Bend is a small town known for its spectacular landscapes. These beautiful tree farms are incredible to witness when they’re budding.
On the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan, there’s a magical forest.
Sagano Bamboo Forest has become a top tourist destination in the country and it’s clear why.
Visitors come for the spectacular photos and stay for the surrounding sights. There’s a temple near the entrance and an adorable town to explore, too.
They don’t call it the Monteverde Cloud Forest for nothing. Set some 4,662 feet above sea level, the verdant landscape is often shrouded in misty clouds.
With more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and over 2,500 varieties of plants, it’s obvious why the Costa Rica forest sees around 70,000 visitors each year.
You’d be hard-pressed to not stumble across at least one oak draped in romantic Spanish moss when you visit the South.
From Florida to Texas and north all the way to Arkansas and Virginia, the flowering plant — not a moss at all — grows from hanging branches.
Live oak trees are especially blanketed with the beautiful plant in particular parts of the South, namely Charleston and Savannah.
It might look like a landscape out of an Avatar sequel, but Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park is very real.
Tsingys, or karstic plateaus, are the reason the national park in Madagascar was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While it’s a challenge to explore the park because of the maze-like terrain, it’s definitely worth the trip.
Every spring, the more than 1,300-acre forest floor of Hallerbos is abloom with beautiful bluebells.
Most of the forest, located in Belgium, was actually removed during WWI by German forces. New trees were planted from 1930 to 1950.
From budding trees to blossoming forest floors and simply spectacular landscapes, these forests are all so incredibly unique. Which will you visit first?
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