See a breathtaking display of floral color and beauty when you drive Lafayette’s Historic Azalea Trail–celebrate more than 80 years of this amazing springtime attraction! The azalea bloom season signals the start of spring with a “flower power” show of beauty during the month of March.
Lafayette, Louisiana’s historic azalea trail began in the 1930’s in Elmhurst Park Subdivision on Dunreath Street, which became known as the “Million Dollar Road” of azaleas. February 23, 1938 was declared the first official opening date of bloom season for the trail. The Fuchsia Formosa azalea was named “The General Lafayette” as the city flower and can be seen in grandeur on Mall Boulevard in Mouton Gardens. Around the Visitor’s Center pond, one can view Lafayette’s most popular varieties of azaleas.
In 2015, Scenic Lafayette began extensive revitalization of the trail. In recognition of its continuing efforts and programs for promoting azaleas as valuable landscape shrubs, Lafayette earned the Azalea City Certification in 2016 by the Azalea Society of America.
Along the trail visit Lafayette’s cultural attractions, historic properties, garden neighborhoods, shops, and restaurants. Off the trail, explore the azalea viewing spots around the city to enjoy this springtime floral splendor of color.
For more information and to plan your road trip go to: azaleatrail.org
Scenic Lafayette: https://www.facebook.com/ScenicLafayette
Photo: Myrtle Place Boulevard in the Oaklawn Garden District of the Azalea Trail.
Even in a state packed with art, US-95 between Las Vegas and Reno stands out with stuff that’s just plain “far out” in more ways than one.
From neighborhoods coated in colorful murals and galleries filled with all manner of media, to kinetic public sculptures our kids (OK, and plenty of us adults) can’t wait to climb on and massive oddball objects rising from the desert floor… Take this road trip and you’ll discover eye-catching, camera-hogging art adding an exciting layer of flavor to urban districts, small towns, and wide-open spaces alike.
So if an abstract adventure is what your “palate” craves, then hop on US-95 and come get face-to-face with some of the most unique, unrestrained—or as we like to say, “free-range” art—you may ever encounter. All you need is to know where to look.
Download your #FreeRangeArtHighway itinerary and go all-in on far out!
Crater Lake is truly a natural wonder! The Country House Inns itinerary for this ultimate destination includes the region’s most popular “must-see” special areas and stops for all ages. Crater Lake National Park is located about an hour away from any major metropolitan area so you may want to stay the night before, and night of your Crater Lake excursion to allow time to enjoy the most of an adventure with memories to last a lifetime.
Life in Bandon is shaped by nature and the people who make this corner of the Oregon Coast their home. This lively coastal town offers stunning ocean vistas, six beaches and world class recreation. Enjoy year-round fishing, cycling, golf, hiking and beach going. That’s why we say our attractions are always in season, always open. Our landscapes are green. Our air is clean, and the temps are moderate all year. What are you waiting for? Plan your visit now.
Head west … western South Carolina that is! Thoroughbred Country is nestled between Interstates 20 and 95 in western SC. Discover museums rich in history, art galleries, cultural festivals, Civil War sites, antiques, guided tours, unique restaurants, and comfortable lodging. Hiking, canoeing and golfing also await you. FREE vacation planner available here: tbredcountry.org
It’s time!! Time for what you ask…time to start making your holiday plans to visit Springfield, IL, of course!! If you’re not ready to think about the holidays yet…let me tell you, you will be when you read about the Old Capitol Holiday Walks and other festivities!
Fall through the holidays is a lively time of year in southern Indiana. From the brilliantly changing foliage, spooky Halloween happenings, and numerous festivals, to opportunities for finding the perfect handmade gift, holiday lights galore, Winter Wine Walk and so much more–you’ll want to visit Harrison County more than once! Find more details and the complete list of upcoming unique festivals and events at: thisisindiana.org.
Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and home to two beautiful lakes, picturesque scenery, great fishing, southern hospitality and plenty to do on and off the water, Jefferson County, TN, is a best kept family secret.
Explore over ten iconic Route 66 destinations in Springfield, Illinois. Try a famous cozy dog from the Cozy Dog Drive In, a classic Route 66 diner. Take A selfie with the Lauterbach Giant and in front of Mahan’s Filling Station. Spend an evening under the starts at the Route 66 Twin Drive-In Theater. Stay a while and visit all of Springfield’s world-class Mother Road attractions! Learn more at: visitspringfieldillinois.com
For a few glorious weeks, autumn crowns the Smoky Mountains with spectacular color. This year, enjoy memorable Harvest Fest activities and the best fall views of all: your own. When you’ve never seen the Smokies look more beautiful, you know you’re in Sevierville, Tennessee. Your Smokies start here.
Learn more at VisitSevierville.com/fall.