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9 of the most beautiful places in the spring

April 25, 2011, 2:47 p.m.
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Getting warmer

Ah, springtime: the time for budding leaves and flowers, for freshly hatched butterflies, and new love. It's the season of rebirth, when the world shakes off the icy grips of winter and starts the warm-up to summer. It's when sweet winds blow again and the day’s length starts marching back up toward solstice.

The magic of spring transforms a lot of places from cold and lifeless landscapes to vibrant environs bursting with life, but some places receive an extra shot of springtime awesomeness. Here are nine of the most beautiful places in the world to visit in the spring. (Text: Shea Gunther)