We’re well into spring, which means there are opportunities all around to view beautiful wildflowers. Landscapes from the east to the west are bursting with color as pretty poppies, daisies, and other gorgeous flowers cover miles of ground and bring beauty to those who are privileged to walk or drive by.
Where are the best places to view these stunning wild blooms? We’ll tell you, and we’ll let you know a bit about each region you can visit in hopes that you’ll be tempted to go and view the grandeur for yourself.
Mount Rainier National Park (Washington)
Mount Rainier National Park sits inside Washington state and it’s home to more than 100 varietals of wildflowers. When you visit this beautiful park, you’ll be able to gaze upon subalpine meadows that offer some of the most eye-catching displays of wildflowers in the country. Each meadow in Mount Rainier Nation Park has a unique wildflower collection and natural design. One meadow in particular, called Paradise, is known for displays that wow locals and tourists alike. Wildflowers are in bloom in Mount Rainier National Park from spring until about late August.
Antelope Valley (California)
From the beginning of spring until the end of May, you’ll get a glorious view of wild-blooming poppies in Antelope Valley, in California’s Mohave Desert. This type of environment may seem like a strange one for wildflowers to grow, but every spring they do spring up and they explode into a vast sea of orange. Wild poppies are naturally intensely colored and shaped, but the ones in Antelope Valley are some of the boldest and biggest of all the poppies you’ll find in the U.S.
Crested Butte (Colorado)
You’ll see a mixed blanket of wildflowers blooming, starting in spring, in Crested Butte, Colorado. These blossoms peak in mid July, so make sure you’re there when they’re at their most glorious, if you can. You’ll want to make your way to Colorado’s Gunnison National Forest, in Crested Butte, and once there you’ll quickly see why the area is often referred to as the United States’ wildflower capital. Every summer, color erupts from the soil in this area and it gives a sensational show. The wildflowers you’ll see in Gunnison National Forest include death camas (a member of the lily family), alpine sunflowers (these grow throughout Colorado’s mountain areas), and elephant head (tiny flowers with little pink blooms).
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If you have time, consider visiting all of these places for fantastic wildflower viewing this spring. Make a road trip of it or fly from one city to the next, admiring the beauty of the special blooms that you can only experience during spring and part of summer.