Gorgeous Places to See Spring Flowers in the U.S.
Make your spring road trip more scenic by traveling to areas that boast impressive displays of colorful flowers. You don’t have to wait until fall to take in vibrant landscapes. Every spring, wildflowers transform national parks, farms and even open fields along rural roads into picturesque spaces. Pack up your RV rental and road trip to one of these flower-rich spots every spring.
- Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C.
Springtime in Washington D.C. is synonymous with cherry blossoms. Cherry blossom season usually peaks around early April, although the blooms can appear anytime between mid-March and mid-April. The beauty of these pink blooming trees dates back to 1912 when Tokoyo’s mayor gifted Washington D.C. with 3,000 trees. Today, most cherry blossom trees can be found near the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Other spots to take your RV rental to check out these stunning blooms include the National Mall, National Arboretum, and the Washington Monument. While you’re in D.C. checking out the blossoms, take part in the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. This month-long festival features a variety of events as well as cherry blossoms tours so that you can check out the city’s best spots for pink blooms.
- Texas Bluebonnets
Every spring, wildflowers envelop many Texas fields, adding rich color to these vast spaces. For native Texans, taking photos in the vibrant bluebonnets every spring is a must. If your RV is cruising through Texas in the spring, you’ll want to take in these colorful sights as well. Fortunately, bluebonnets aren’t concentrated in just one city or region, so you have plenty of options if you’re on the hunt for a blue-dotted field of flowers. In fact, Texas’ rural highways are lined with bluebonnets in the spring, so chances are your travels will take you by some. Burnet is the bluebonnet capital of Texas. Travel the scenic highways through Burnet to spot some of the state’s most bountiful and colorful bluebonnet displays.
- Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park
The Shenandoah National Park in Virginia is a must-visit if you want to spot a variety of wildflowers in one lush space. The first flowers bloom in late March, when hepatica and bloodrot begin to show their colors. As temperatures warm throughout the spring, other flowers add to a vibrant landscape. You will see purple and yellow violets, geraniums, and azaleas. In total, Shenandoah National Park boasts an impressive 862 species of wildflowers ready for your viewing.
- Antelope Valley in California
The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve is the perfect spot for flower spotting if you’re road tripping along the West Coast. Located about 15 miles west of Lancaster, California, this reserve boasts a colorful field of flowers viewable from nearby trails. Typically, the season begins as early as February and runs through May, depending on weather conditions. The reserve features more than just poppies — a combination of a variety of wildflowers bloom, creating a vibrant scene that changes colors daily. Mid-morning through mid-afternoon is the best time to visit because poppies are open during that time of day before curling up as evening approaches.
- Woodburn, Oregon
Woodburn, Oregon’s Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm hosts the annual Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival from late March through early May. During this time, you can visit the farm’s grounds and take in the colorful beauty of blooming tulips. Located less than an hour south of Portland, this farm boasts an impressive 40 acres of tulips. Ride the tram or take the hayride to the tulip fields for an up-close and personal look at these flowers in all their beauty. You can even pick your own tulip bulbs to plant them at home as a memory of your wildflower-hunting road trip.
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Head east and visit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which spans east Tennessee and North Carolina. More than 1,500 flowering plants grow here, more than any other national park. So, there’s no shortage of color, beauty, and variety when you’re hunting for wildflowers here. You’ll spot the spiky white blooms on foamflowers, which are scattered throughout the park. Halberd-leaved violets add a pop of yellow to the landscape, while fire pink flowers stand out with their red — and surprisingly not pink — blooms. Whether you’re driving or hiking, you’ll have plenty of wildflowers to view at this national park.
Take in all of the beauty that spring offers by driving through some of the country’s most beautiful towns. Whether you’re spotting bluebonnets in Texas, tulips in Oregon, or wildflowers in Tennessee, you’ll enjoy views that you won’t soon forget. Pack up your RV rental and take a spring road trip that’s as scenic as it is memorable.