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As the weather warms and the rains start to drop, the first signs of stunning blooms appear across the United States. Here are the greatest sites to see wildflowers in the United States if you're planning a road trip or a brief getaway somewhere warm and colorful.

The displays of color are almost otherworldly, from huge blooms in the hills and valleys of Southern California to under-the-radar meadows in a little Colorado ski town. Poppies, lupines, violets, black-eyed Susans, and a slew of other flowers mix in riots of color. Some blossoms bloom in the spring, while others bloom in the summer. Most sites have helpful wildflower trackers to help you plan your visits. If you combine a gorgeous hike with wildflower viewing, you're in for a real treat.

Crested Butte, CO

Spring and summer visitors heading to Crested Butte will find a spectacular display of blooming flowers. This natural phenomenon has gained Crested Butte the nickname "the wildflower capital of Colorado."

Several mountain ranges, including the Maroon Bells and the San Juan Mountains to the south, have created the fertile soil and favorable climate wildflowers need to thrive. As the snow melts, the vast meadows surrounding the town come alive with brilliant pops of color. Hundreds of wildflowers flourish here, including glacier lilies, lupines, and many sunflower varieties.

Flowering may start earlier than usual because the region is on track to a below-average snowpack. But typically, the flowering season starts mid-June to late July.

Every year thousands of people from across the globe flock to the town tucked in the Rocky Mountains to enjoy ten days of pure beauty. The Crested Butte Wildflower Festival offers over 200 workshops in wildflower expertise each July, be it painting, pollination, photography, culinary arts, or leading hikes into the wild beyond in the heart of the Wildflower Capital of Colorado, Crested Butte.



Mt. Rainier National Park, WA

The world-famous wildflower meadows of Mt. Rainier National Park are one of the park's most beautiful features. It's a sight you have to see to believe. No matter what the length of your stay, a stroll among these seemingly endless fields of wildflowers is a must-have in your itinerary. Each July and August, Mt. Rainier’s meadows burst with color. Paintbrush, asters, daisies, cinquefoil, fireweed, purple shooting stars, and a variety of other flowers cover the mountain in every hue of the rainbow.

The hikes on Mt. Rainier National Park offer lavish wildflower displays and some of the best opportunities to view the flowers from the trail. These treks, with the exception of the Skyline Trail, are graded easy to moderate and are suited for hikers of all ages and abilities. We recommend bringing a wildflower handbook since there are more wildflowers than you can imagine. Some wildflowers, such as avalanche lilies, bloom before the snow melts, while others, such as gentians, bloom after the snow melts.

If you want to catch this year’s brilliant display in Mount Rainier National Park, it’s time to start planning your trip. The early-season wildflower blooms in Mount Rainier National Park have just begun. And while it’s difficult to accurately predict exactly when and where super blooms will occur because they are heavily dependent on weather and precipitation, the once-a-year phenomenon tends to pick up speed in July and usually reaches its peak in August.



Hill Country, TX

The yearly wildflower display that carpets the fields and roadsides across Texas has made the Texas Hill Country famous around the world. The roadways and fields are ablaze with magnificent wildflowers, including the bluebonnet, our state flower, thanks to adequate spring moisture, which does not occur every year.

The Texas Hill Country is a paragon of wildflower marvel due to the sheer size and diversity of land formations, leaving both inhabitants and visitors in awe when they see the spectrum of color rendered visible to the human eye when they bloom.

March, April, and May are the best months to visit the Texas Hill Country for wildflowers if the weather conditions cooperate. Bluebonnets usually start blooming in all of their splendor around April. Stop by any travel or visitors center in the Texas Hill Country to learn about the well-marked wildflower routes along which you should travel.



Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN

It's no exaggeration to state that the Great Smoky Mountains have one of the world's most diverse forest landscapes. The temperate forests of the Great Smoky Mountains and the remainder of the Southern Appalachians are among the most diverse in the world, second only to those of China. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has more flowering plant species than any other national park in the United States.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a world-famous wildflower preserve. The park has more flowering plants than any other national park in North America, with over 1,500 species. The park is sometimes referred to as the "Wildflower National Park," because blooming flowers can be seen throughout the year, from the first hepaticas and spring beauties in late winter to the last asters in late fall.

The best time to see wildflowers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is from February to September, but early spring to early summer is when the famous spring ephemerals bloom. While the greatest way to see wildflowers in the Great Smoky Mountains is to go along one of the park's many trails. Many of these pathways weave through lush forest vegetation, allowing visitors to get up and personal with the area's stunning blossoms.



Glacier National Park, MT

Glacier National Park is one of the best places in America to see wildflowers. An avalanche slope or an alpine meadow aglow with the color of wildflowers against the backdrop of Glacier Park's towering peaks are among the most magnificent vistas on the planet. The park's alpine vegetation has been largely preserved in its natural state due to the lack of cultivation and industrialization. The park has approximately a thousand species of wildflowers for wildflowers enthusiasts. In the lowlands, blooms like clematis, chlorophyll-free pinesaps, and Indian pipes are common. Purple asters bloom in late summer in the meadows between the aspen groves on the east side.

Flowers bloom in Glacier National Park as early as April at low elevations. Most alpine zone flowers, on the other hand, do not blossom until late in the summer. Late June through early August is the greatest time to visit Glacier National Wildflowers. The hiking routes are at their most beautiful, surrounded by blossoming fields. Some flowers continue into August and September, making the park's late summer season particularly appealing.



Sugar Hill, NH

Tucked into a quiet corner of the White Mountains, the small village of Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, is an unlikely tourist destination. Nestled in among hills and fields the town offers stunning views in almost every direction. And it can only truly be described as picturesque. Sugar Hill has slowly positioned itself as the must-visit location in Northern New England during the month of June thanks to the way it’s nurtured and celebrated its annual lupine display.

On the first or second weekend in June, Sugar Hill hosts a number of lupine-themed events as part of its annual Celebration of Lupines. Authors, chefs, artisans, and many others exhibit their work at various sites throughout town during this period. If you can't make it to Sugar Hill that weekend, you may still see lupines in public locations throughout the city, where paths are mowed through some of the largest lupine fields.

The explosion of color and the splendor of the changing environment is something to celebrate after a long winter. Lupines bloom in the first part of June and linger for a few weeks, with the celebration taking place throughout the blooming season.



Antelope Valley, CA

The Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve, in the far northeast corner of Los Angeles County, puts on a spectacular show in the spring. A protected area west of Lancaster is known for having the ideal microclimate for poppies. California poppies, the state's emblematic flower, are on show in Technicolor, with numerous vibrant orange petals unfurling in the sunlight.

Though the reserve's poppies bloom every spring, the greatest blooms are impacted by a variety of circumstances, including sun, clouds, heat, moisture, and even wind. The blooming season varies from year to year, although it usually occurs in early April. It can, however, happen at any moment between mid-March and early May.

The Poppy Reserve isn’t the only place to see wildflowers, but it’s definitely the dreamiest. The reserve is already open for the season, but they're not really seeing much of a bloom yet, and likely won’t. The display may not be as spectacular this year as in past years because of weather conditions over the winter. So before you hit the freeway,

make sure you keep these things in mind.



Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA

The desert can appear hostile at first glance, which makes Anza-wildflower Borrego's bloom all the more astonishing. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, like all other desert locations in the Southwest, is most vibrant in the spring and early summer, when numerous types of flowers, cactus, and bushes bloom. During the dry months, the seeds of plants such as the desert sunflower, brown-eyed primrose, pincushion, sand verbena, and desert lily remain dormant in the ground, waiting for rain. When they do, the desert transforms into a vast expanse awash with vibrant blossoming flowers.

The Anza-Borrego Desert Bloom is as unpredictable as Mother Nature herself. The conditions must be ideal. Climate elements such as winter rainfall, typical spring temperatures, and even wind speed influence the size, duration, and quality of the blooms.

The time of the blooms is also difficult to predict, but the short bloom season typically begins in late February or early March and lasts until late March. If you don't live in the desert, you may keep track of it by phoning the Anza-Borrego State Park Wildflower Hotline for recorded updates.



Joshua Tree National Park, CA

Joshua Tree National Park is best visited in the spring. The weather is pleasant, and wildflowers bloom throughout the desert. Every year, wildflowers bloom in Joshua Tree, providing a diversity of colors in contrast to the desert-like appearance. There are 14 lovely flowers that have been reported to bloom on a regular basis. You'll see everything from the famed Joshua Tree to the stunning Majove Mounds.

Spring wildflower blooms in Joshua Tree vary in size and timing from year to year. The spring-blooming time is influenced by fall and winter precipitation as well as spring temperatures. Desert annuals often germinate between September and December. To get started, many people require a nice soaking rain. Plants need temps to warm a little before flower stalks may grow, in addition to timely showers. Although green-leaf rosettes cover the ground in January, flower stalks do not emerge until the weather warms up.

The best time to see these wildflowers is between March and May each year. In order to accommodate visitors, Joshua Tree National Park usually offers some form of fantastic discount.



Death Valley National Park, CA

The super bloom is unique considering Death Valley National Park is the lowest, driest, and hottest place in the United States. And the desert only blooms in a sea of gold, purple, pink, or white flowers under ideal conditions. 

The Death Valley super bloom is a spectacular natural phenomenon that occurs every ten years or so following heavy rains in the fall and winter. Thousands of wildflowers bloom in the desert each spring, attracting hundreds of thousands of people. The beautiful desert landscape is painted with yellow, pink, and purple flowers during the Death Valley super bloom. Sunflowers, phacelia, desert gold, gravel ghost, Bigelow monkeyflower, desert thorn, desert sage, poppies, and other wildflowers that persist in such harsh conditions can be seen. The last two times the desert saw such an outpouring of petals were in 2005 and 2016.

Even if the year isn't rewarded with a super bloom, the desert will still be dotted with wildflowers. Death Valley National Park's wildflower season begins in mid-February and lasts until mid-July. Lower elevations, such as Badwater Road, Green Valley Road, Death Valley Road, and Titus Canyon Road, have blooms between late February and early April. Flowers bloom on higher elevations from early April to early May: check out Jubilee Pass, Zabriskie Point, Furnace Creek, and Daylight Pass. When hiking the Panamint Range area in May and early June (occasionally until mid-July), there is a decent chance of seeing the flowers.



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