The 5 Best Places to See Wildflowers in the U.S.

At the turn of the century, American botanist and horticulturist Luther Burbankwrote the beautiful verse,”Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”

Burbank introduced to America one of its most belovedwildflowers: the Shasta daisy. Today, it can be found gracingnurseries and mountainsides from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Shasta, from where it receivedits name, bringing joy to all who see it.

This guide will help you get a taste of that same wildflower joy that people have been experiencing in the United States for centuries. Enjoy!

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Wildflowers in the USA

Spring conjures up a beautiful image in all of us: morning dew, the first sight of green buds and flowers. Lots and lots of flowers.

In the U.S. in the spring, you won’t have to look far to find some gorgeous blooms, but few come close to the locations on this list. These five spots have been hailed by many as the best flower fields in the world.

Looking for something right in your own neighborhood? Check out the United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildflower Viewing Areas toolhere.

Now mark your calendars, because this year is your chance to be amazed. Wildflowers, here we come!

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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, California

What’s the main draw?The Mojave Desert may seem like an unlikely place for flowers, but you’d be surprised! As soon as spring comes around, the Antelope Valley is bursting with orange.

Who’s the star of the show?The California poppy.

When should I go?Mid-April.

How should I prepare?The peak of these blooms are very difficult to predict, so check expected bloom dates before you plan to travel. Poppies can show up anytime between mid-February and May.

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Crested Butte, Colorado

What’s the main draw?Nestled inside Gunnison National Forest you will find the incredible Crested Butte. Every summer, this gorgeous area explodes with color.

Who’s the star of the show?Alpine sunflowers are the go-to, but you’ll also find elephant head and death camas, which is a form of lily.

When should I go?Between June and August.

How should I prepare?If photography is your thing, see if you can get involved with a guided hike that will take you to the best spots for photos.

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Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

What’s the main draw?Shenandoah proudly boasts more than 850 species of wildflowers, and colorful birds to boot! Orange, purple and white blend together in a sea of utter gorgeousness.

Who’s the star of the show?Columbines, touch-me-nots and ox-eye daisies.

When should Igo?Start checking the bloom calendars in late spring and early summer.

How should I prepare?Bring a bird-watching guide this time around. You’ll love the extra experience!

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

What’s the main draw?All wildflower lovers will agree that Great Smoky is a hub for gorgeous flower varieties. You’ll find more than 1,500 different types here, popping up all around the forest floorat the close of the cold season.

Who’s the star of the show?Ephemeral trillium, lady slipper orchids and violets.

When should I go?Most flowers will start peaking in late winter and early spring. Some current sources suggest April is a great time to go!

How should I prepare?Partake in educational seminars guided by local park rangers and keep an eye out for wildlife. This is a gorgeous place to behold.

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Hill Country, Texas

What’s the main draw?“Southern Belle” is an expression for a reason; there are few things more beautiful than the luxurious cobalt of the Texas bluebonnet – a favorite of First Lady, ‘Lady Bird’ Johnson. You’ll find these blooming in the fields all along the highways of Texas Hill Country. Don’t miss it!

Who’s the star of the show?The Texas bluebonnet.

When should I go?Most sources suggest early April.

How should I prepare?Bring a car or rent a car; these flowers go on for miles!

Have you ever gone looking for wildflowers in the United States? Where did you go? Let us know in the comments!

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Jim Ven
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Jerome S6 months ago

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Melania P6 months ago

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Jim Ven7 months ago

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Jerome S7 months ago

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Twila H8 months ago

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