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Strip Off the Winter Coat for a Frolick in These California Flower Fields

April 16, 2014 at 10:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

Just the other day we shared a great place to tiptoe through the tulips, and now we’ve got another recommendation on where to check out all the glory that is the spring season. Pack your favorite allergy medicine—we’d recommend at least a Claritin or two—and head to Carlsbad, California, as The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are now in the business of blooming until May 11.

Not too far north from San Diego sit over fifty acres of blossoms, as Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers take over the rolling hills and fields. The Fields are open to the public each and every day of the week and, judging from the picture, it’s well worth the cost of admission. It’ll set you back $12 for the adults in your group, and the kids will be just $6—with those under two scooting in for free. If you like what you see, opt for a season pass that'll set you back $25.

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April's Most Instagrammable Festival is Found in Washington State

April 4, 2014 at 10:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

When it comes to fields of tulips and the scent of spring, your mind may first go to the Netherlands. However, if an international journey isn’t in the cards this time of the year there’s always tulips to be seen here at home in the nifty fifty, as Washington state is pretty good at showing off their green thumb.

The Skagit Tulip Festival runs all month long around Mount Vernon, Washington, but obviously a lot of the blossoms and what not depend on how Mother Nature is feeling. Things are a little bit different than most festivals, as there’s not really just one location or thing to see—you visit to kind of see everything. Drive through the area and the different fields and farms, and enjoy the tulips as they make their debut after a long winter. There’s hundreds of acres of fields and flowers, so we don’t think you’ll be disappointed that there’s no food court.

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Opening Dates for 10 of the USA's Best Theme Parks

April 3, 2014 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

It feels like we're finally turing the corner when it comes to the warmer weather, and sooner than later it’ll be time for the calendar to flip over to May. That means theme park season will officially be underway, so here’s a quick rundown of when some parks across the country are set to fire up their coasters for the very first time:

· Carowinds – Charlotte, North Carolina - March 29

· Elitch Gardens Theme Park – Denver, Colorado - May 3

· Holiday World & Splashin' Safari – Santa Claus, Indiana - May 3

· Kennywood – West Mifflin, Pennsylvania - May 3

· Six Flags Great America – Chicago, Illinois - May 3

· HersheyPark – Hershey, Pennsylvania - May 9

· Cedar Point – Sandusky, Ohio - May 10

· Darien Lake – Corfu, New York - May 10

· Michigan's Adventure – Muskegon, Michigan - May 21

· Great Escape – Lake George, New York - May 23

[Photo: Andrew 94]

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As Cherry Blossom Season Appoaches, Don't Sleep on Atlanta's Dogwood Festival

March 28, 2014 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

When spring rolls around it’s clear that those cherry blossoms are the center of attention, as they’re featured in festivals from Washington, DC, to Japan. However, we’ve got to say that there’s other flowering flora that deserves a little attention, so we’d like to put in a plug for the goings on over in Atlanta in just a couple of weeks.

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2014's Peak Dates for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Japan

Where: Yokohama, Japan
March 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

The other day, we were going on and on about the lovely cherry blossoms set to show up very soon in Washington, DC, and today we still have the blooms of spring on our minds. However, this time we’re going across the globe to check out on the cherry trees that call Japan home.

Plenty of the trees that now dot Uncle Sam’s backyard originally came from Japan, so it’s not surprising that the country really knows how to do the spring thing. There’s even a word for checking out the blooms and the blossoms; Hanami is the Japanese word to specifically describe this act.

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2014's Peak Dates for Cherry Blossom Viewing in Washington, DC

March 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

We already let you know about the goings on at this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, and now we know all about the most important part of the festival. That’s because the National Park Service has run the data and reviewed the numbers, and they’re ready to make the prediction regarding the timing for this year’s peak bloom period.

Obviously there’s a little luck behind things in addition to the science and the skill, but for 2014 it sounds like they’re thinking that peak bloom will be between April 8 and April 12. That’s a little later than usual—blame it on the harsh winter?—as things usually reach their full flowering potential around April 8.

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Why One Canadian Theme Park is Psyched to Play with Lasers

Where: Canada
February 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s some goodies heading to Canada this theme park season, as one of the country’s best park’s—Canada's Wonderland—is adding a brand new attraction just in time for the warm weather. It’s not exactly a roller coaster, but at the same time it kind of is one too.

Things are set to open for the first time around the beginning of May, as the park cuts the ribbon on its $10-million investment in fun and entertainment. Known as Wonder Mountain’s Guardian, the new slice of theme park awesomeness will feature a 60-foot coaster hill to enter the dark ride environment.

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Infographic Alert: Spring Break Airfare and Destinations, Explained

February 26, 2014 at 6:18 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s that time of year once again, as the Spring Break season is upon us. The folks over at Travelocity are happy to share the season, as they have created a sweet little infographic showing where people are headed and how much they’re spending on airfare.

There’s been roughly a 15% increase in year-to-year domestic travel, but those heading overseas shouldn’t really see many more tourists than normal. It’s not surprising that Florida takes the top spot, with a specific focus on South Florida. Newcomers to the top ten list include a couple of aloha destinations, as both Maui and Honolulu now take in their fair share of spring breakers willing to go a bit far for their fun.

So take a minute to view the full infographic, and start dreaming about your Spring Break destination (of course after the spring breakers have left!). We’d say that the season kicks off in just over a week or so, and continues until probably around the middle of April. You've been warned.

[Photo: Travelocity]

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Mark Your Calendars for 2014's Cherry Blossom Festival

February 19, 2014 at 1:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Despite the look of things outdoors we really are going to see the sun sooner than later, as spring is just about 30 days away. That means it is time to start planning for all things warm weather, and that includes looking forward to some seasonal festivals. We’re not saying that the National Cherry Blossom Festival is the best way to welcome the spring, but the festival certainly isn’t a bad idea.

It’s still a little too soon for the National Park Service to forecast their prediction for when things will begin to bloom, but we do know that this year’s festival will do its thing between March 20 and April 13. Obviously the blooms in and around the nation’s capital and along the Potomac will be the stars of the show, but there are also plenty of other events worth checking out.

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Six Cities Ignoring the Groundhog to Enjoy an Early Spring

February 12, 2014 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

We can all agree that this winter just won't relent and, with the decision of this years Groundhog Day in question, we have no indication on when it may end.

If you're tired of hauling out the snowblower and lacing up snow boots, leave it all at home and head to a destination that's already waved good-bye to the adverse weather of winter.

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A Tale of Two Groundhogs: Pennsylvania and Ohio Have a Weather Rivalry

February 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

So what if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow and held that there'd be six more weeks of winter? CNN doesn't even believe in his credibility: "The good news is that, according to analysis by the National Climatic Data Center, Phil is wrong most of the time."

And if Phil is wrong, then that means somebody's got to be right. For 2014, that honor goes to Ohio's own official groundhog weatherman, Buckeye Chuck, who didn't see his shadow and predicted an early spring. Staten Island Chuck of New York and General Beauregard Lee of Georgia even have their own less influential groundhog opinions, but the fact of the matter is that Ohio's big rodent may be slowly supplanting Phil in popularity and prediction success.

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Saying Goodbye to Summer with a Snapshot of New Zealand's Winter

September 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Up in the northern hemisphere things are starting to turn a little cooler, as we say goodbye to summer in preparation for the cooler temperatures of fall. Some of us are a little sad and not quite ready to bid a fond farewell to the longer days and all that sunshine.

However, that’s certainly not the case on the globe’s bottom half, as we’re certain they’re pumped to say see you later to the winter in preparation for the warmer weather and sunshine of spring and summer.

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