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Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan tour includes an evening visit, there are nightly illuminations that give a magical glow to the shrubs, trees and flowers. Finally, on Saturday nights from July through Labor Day weekend, groups can experience what has been called one of the finest fireworks shows in North America—a pyrotechnic display choreo- graphed to music. Portland, Oregon, is known as the City of Roses, and nothing says it quite as offi- cially as the Portland Rose Festival held late May/early June, when the showy blooms are at their showiest. (This year’s event runs from May 25 to June 9). The 16-day festival features a range of rose- related activities, from a rose show to a Grand Floral Float showcase. Sandwiched in between are crowd- pleasers such as a waterfront City Fair and a Dragon Boat Race. If your group prefers tulips to roses, you will have to take them to Holland— Holland, Michigan, that is. In early May (5–13 this year), that city’s Tulip Time Festival is in full swing … and full bloom. Millions of colorful bulbs blossom along six miles of tulip lanes through- out the city, giving groups an under- standing of why this has been called the “best flower festival in the U.S.” by USA Today and “one of America’s best spring flower festivals” by Fodor’s Travel. This year will be the 89th for the fes- tival, and while tulips are, of course, the stars of the show, they have plenty of co-stars in the form of traditional Dutch food and dancing, a Dutch market, 28 March 2018 R OOMS a B LOOMS Palace Garden at Colonial Williamsburg fireworks and headline performances by the Beach Boys, the Texas Tenors and the Liver