Where: Cape Floral Region, South Africa
When to Go: September and October
What You’ll See: On Table Mountain, which overlooks Cape Town, you can ride a cable car to slopes covered in rich fynbos vegetation, including proteas, vivid red ericas, restios, orchids and many more wildflowers not found anywhere else. Fynbos blooms in harsh conditions and needs regular burning to thrive.
Where: Washington, D.C.
When to Go: The end of March through April
What You’ll See: In 1912, Japan gave more than 3,000 cherry trees to our nation’s capital. Today, approximately 3,750 trees bloom over two weeks, with the peak usually coming in early April. The 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival will be held March 21 through April 14; the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is on April 14. Don’t miss the blossoms reflected in the Tidal Basin, fluttering in the breeze by the Washington Monument or in East Potomac Park.