NatureUnited States of America
From deserts filled with wildflowers to green mountainsides emerging from under a blanket of snow, these US national parks will fill you with more than a little spring hope for the year ahead.
Yosemite National Park
If you want to see Yosemite's waterfalls at full throttle, come in spring. By the beginning of April, the famous falls are rushing to fill every inch of the park's lakes, streams and creeks. Towards the end of the month, and into May, you'll be able to catch Yosemite's dogwood blossoms and the road to Glacier Point, offering stunning views of the valley below, will again be open to traffic.
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
Aside from incredible sand dunes, this Colorado park also encapsulates wetlands, forests and wonderful mountains. In spring the wetter parts of the park become abundant with wildflowers, whilst the dunes provide optimum conditions for sandboarding before the sand gets too hot.
Redwood National Park, California
It's not just the lush greenery surrounding America's tallest trees, nor the carpet of wildflowers throughout the forest, that make spring the best time to visit Redwood National Park. It's also the best season for whale watching, with regular sightings of gray whales and their calves off the park's coast.
Kenai Fjords National Park
Granted the icebergs and glaciers of Alaska's Kenai Fjords are spectacular all year round, but only in spring does the park also play host to migrating gray whales, who return to Alaskan shores to feed. It's also a great time to visit if you're a birdwatcher, with millions of birds making their way back to this rugged stretch of coast after a long winter spent further south.
Saguaro National Park
The Saguaro is another desert that comes back to life in springtime. The massive cacti, huge reserves of water for the rest of the desert's plants over the harsh summer, give life to gold Mexican poppies, red penstemons, and desert marigolds.