Sometimes it feels like winter might last forever. It certainly doesn't help when Punxsutawney Phil predicts another six weeks of it. But as soon as spring does show its face, suddenly everything seems just a little bit easier to deal with. All across the U.S., as temps rise and rains start to let up, the beginnings of beautiful blooms start to sprout with abandon. If you’re thinking about a road trip or a quick jaunt to somewhere warm and colorful, here are the best places to see wildflowers in the U.S.
From massive blooms in the hills and valleys of Southern California to under-the-radar meadows in a small Colorado ski town, the displays of color are almost other-worldly. Poppies, lupines, violets, black-eyed Susans and so many more mingle in explosions of color. While some blooms peak in the spring, some don’t pop up until summer. Most destinations offer handy wildflower trackers so you can time your visits perfectly. Combine a scenic hike with wildflower viewing and you’re guaranteed a fresh air fiesta.
Wherever you go, remember to respect the natural beauty—avoid trampling and stick to pics rather than picking. And if you need your hands on some flowers stat? Look up these services for flower delivery across the U.S.
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