One of many flower beds at the Biltmore Estate during Biltmore Blooms. Photograph courtesy of Biltmore Estate. Spring is the perfect time to dust off any cobwebs that might have accumulated on the airplane or your flying during the winter months. Warmer weather in the spring months makes this time of year a great time to go on a cross-country flight. These five destinations are perfect airports to plan a flight to in order to enjoy freshly bloomed flowers and spring events.1. Asheville, NC
Flying into Asheville (KAVL) is very scenic, especially in the springtime when the Great Smoky Mountains begin to fill in with wildflowers. A must-see attraction in Asheville during the months of April and May is the Biltmore Blooms. The Biltmore Estate is the largest privately-owned estate in the United States. The house is owned by the famous American family, the Vanderbilts. There is 8,000 acres of gardens and grounds to explore during the event. Attendees can also enjoy wine made with grapes grown on the property.
Tulip bed in the Biltmore Garden. Photography courtesy of Biltmore estate
2. Gloucester, VA
Gloucester is known as the "Daffodil Capital of America". The town held its first Daffodil Festival in 1937. Today, the event attracts over 8,000 attendees each year. The streets of Gloucester fill with vendors, art, live entertainment, and a 5k race during the event. The town is off the Virginia coast near historic Jamestown. Hummel Field (W75) is a small but pretty airport off the Chesapeake Bay that is within driving distance from Gloucester.
This town is full of history as well as beautiful flowers. This is a trip you won't want to miss.
Daffodils lining the street. Photography courtesy of Renee Sklarew.
3. Pella, IA
Pella is a small town 45 miles southeast of the state's capital, Des Moines. The town is known for its annual Tulip Time Festival which takes place May 5-7th this year. The town was founded by Dutch immigrants, therefore poffertjes, a popular Dutch festival food, will be sold at the event. The airport (KPEA) is just west of town and has a lengthy runway and no fees. Make sure to put this event on your schedule. You will not find a better place to see freshly bloomed tulips.
Tulips in the middle of town. Photography courtesy of KNIA-KRLS.
4. South Lake Tahoe, CA
Lake Tahoe Airport (KTVL) is nestled between the Sierra Nevada mountains and Lake Tahoe. The airport is three miles south of the lake and is a perfect spring-time destination. Tahoe in the spring months is a great time for kayaking, hiking, and biking around the lake. Tahoe is an ideal destination to submerge into nature and enjoy the weather and beauty of spring.
Blooming wildflowers in Lake Tahoe. Courtesy of Shutterstock.
5. Lancaster, CA
Lancaster holds an annual poppy festival. There are several airports in the Lancaster area to fly into, however, the airport with the best view is Agua Dulce (L70). This quaint airport is nestled in the mountains to the west of Lancaster. The poppy is California's state flower, and the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve in Lancaster is full of vibrant poppies each spring. This year's show is one you won't want to miss. The three-day event includes colorful poppy fields, 200 vendors, live entertainment, local food, a beer garden, and live animals.
Poppy field in Lancaster. Photograph courtesy of Destination Lancaster CA.
Spring flying warrants warmer weather and more scenic views. These five cities are beautiful in the spring months and most have fun spring-time attractions. Dust off the rust that might've accumulated on your flying in the winter months and fly into one of these cities this spring.