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Springtime along America’s Byways invites a journey through a kaleidoscope of landscapes, from coast to coast. As nature awakens from its winter slumber, vibrant colors burst forth, painting our byway viewsheds with hues of green, pink, and yellow.  Apple and cherry blossoms bloom creating a breathtaking spectacle, while wildflowers carpet the meadows of the Blue Ridge Parkway in a riot of colors. Travelers can witness the rejuvenation of life as migratory birds return to their nesting grounds, filling the air with melodic songs. The iconic Route 66 comes alive with festivals celebrating the season’s bounty, offering a taste of local cuisines and cultures. Whether driving through rugged mountains, sprawling plains, or quaint coastal towns, Spring along America’s Byways promises an unforgettable tapestry of natural beauty and cultural richness, beckoning adventurers to explore its boundless wonders.

Cascade Loop National Scenic Byway – (WA)

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The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a renowned annual event that celebrates the vibrant beauty of millions of tulips blooming in Skagit County, Washington. Established in 1984, our festival has become a beloved tradition, attracting visitors from around the world to experience the breathtaking spectacle of tulip fields and gardens in full bloom.

At the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, we are committed to showcasing the natural splendor of our region while also promoting the importance of agriculture and the preservation of agricultural land. The tulips serve as a visual testament to the rich heritage of farming in Skagit Valley and the vital role that agriculture plays in our community.

Events and Attractions: No matter your interests, our festival offers something for everyone. From the unique Paccar Technical Center Open House, where you can explore semi-truck test labs (it’s free and very family-friendly), to the lively Street Fair, the spirited second annual Tulip Tussle Pickleball Tournament, to engaging Art Shows, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

And of course, our four featured tulip gardens offer stunning displays, each with a unique experience: RoozenGaarde, Tulip Town, Garden Rosalyn, and Tulip Valley Farms (the only U-Pick Tulip Field in the Valley). Plus, don’t miss our annual Tulip Parade on April 6th!

Points of Interest

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: https://tulipfestival.org/

La Conner Daffodil Festival: https://www.visitskagitvalley.com/la-conner-daffodil-festival/

Heritage Barn Tour:  https://www.visitskagitvalley.com/historic-barn-tour/

Little Mountain Park:  https://www.mvpf.org/little-mountain-park

Washington Park:  https://www.anacorteswa.gov/560/Washington-Park

 

Great River Road – (KY)

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Experience the offerings of the Kentucky Great River Road this spring! On April 8th, witness the breathtaking total solar eclipse from prime viewing spots like Fort Jefferson Memorial Cross, overlooking the majestic confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Explore the rich history and natural beauty of Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site and Columbus Belmont State Park, perfect for both relaxation and adventure. And don’t miss the lively Chicken Festival in Clinton on April 26th and 27th, offering a delightful mix of delicious food, vibrant music, captivating arts and crafts, and fun activities like a petting zoo. Immerse yourself in the best that Kentucky has to offer this season!

Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site:  https://parks.ky.gov/parks/find-a-park/wickliffe-mounds-state-historic-site-7806

Columbus Belmont State Park:  https://parks.ky.gov/parks/find-a-park/columbus-belmont-state-park-7809

 

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Scenic Byway – (ME)

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While the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Scenic Byway is relatively remote, there are services available in nearby towns such as Millinocket, Patten, Shin Pond and Mount Chase, including accommodations, dining options. Our local Katahdin Chamber of Commerce is always ready to guide visitors. Don’t hesitate to contact them to plan your trip at (207) 723-4443 or to visit their visitors center: 1029 Central Street in downtown Millinocket, Maine (https://www.katahdinmaine.com).

This spring, prepare to visit the Katahdin region for the total lunar eclipse on April 8th! The New York Times recently named Millinocket as a top place to experience the full eclipse. Take the opportunity to participate in the Millinockeclipse RUN (https://www.facebook.com/events/millinocket-maine/millinockeclipse/1396888677055170/). You can also join New England Outdoor Center on Monday, April 8th to experience the Total Solar Eclipse on Millinocket Lake with incredible views of Katahdin, Maine’s Highest Mountain (Get your day pass here: https://www.neoc.com/eclipse-day-pass/).

Note from Baxter State Park: “In early April, there is no access to Katahdin or the Traveler Range, and limited access to other locations within Baxter State Park. Those wishing to view the April 8th solar eclipse should be aware of the seasonally restricted access and consider making alternative plans. We recommend that those interested in viewing the solar eclipse in the Katahdin Region seek viewing locations that are outside of the Park. https://baxterstatepark.org/2024/01/09/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-april-8-2024-solar-eclipse-and-baxter-state-park/

On Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 11am to 4pm, don’t miss the annual Fiddlers and Fiddlehead Festival at the Patten Lumbermen’s Museum, and celebrate the region’s musical and culinary traditions.

– Patten Lumbermen’s Museum: https://lumbermensmuseum.org/ (Fiddlehead and Festival on Saturday, May 18, 2024)

– Baxter State Park (Opens for camping on May 15, 2024). Check https://baxterstatepark.org for trail access & conditions

– Penobscot River Trails: https://penobscotrivertrails.org/spring-summer-and-fall/

– New England Outdoor Center (Eclipse pass, or lots of activities & Trails) https://www.neoc.com/

– Moose Prints Gallery in Millinocket – year-round/fabulous pictures of local wildlife (https://www.mooseprintsgallery.com/)

– River Driver’s Restaurant: quality American fare highlighted by seasonal, local, and fresh ingredients (https://www.neoc.com/river-drivers-restaurant-maine/)

Baxter State Parks re-opens for camping on May 15. We encourage visitors to check baxterstatepark.org for reservation and spring trail conditions, especially if you are planning on visiting the region early in the Spring.

We look forward to seeing you on the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Scenic Byway! For detailed point of interests, experiences and local events, please visit: https://www.katahdinwoodsandwaters.com

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We welcome you to engage with Byways across America at www.travelbyways.com and learn about the National Scenic Byway Foundation at www.nsbfoundation.com.