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Photo by: Alex Do / 500px

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America's Top 6 Wildflower Blooms

By: Lucy Sherriff

There is just a small window to view wildflowers, with most only popping up for a couple of months at a time. This year, we're bringing these stunning blooms to you.

May 12, 2020

As Spring draws closer and the best of the blooms start to emerge around the US. While we wait to travel again, here are six places to bookmark that are very colorful during the spring months and a snapshot of the beauty to behold.

Washington County, Texas

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Photo by: Darrell Gulin

Darrell Gulin

A true Texas tradition is getting out to see the best of the bluebonnets. There’s nothing quite like walking into a huge field of blue as far as the eye can see, adorning the plains of the Lone Star state. Old Baylor Park in Independence features centuries-old oak trees providing the perfect picnic spot.

Lancaster, California

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Poppies, clouds and blue sky near the California Poppy Reserve

Photo by: Ed Bannister

Ed Bannister

In Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, fiddlenecks, red maids, forget-me-nots, and the infamous poppies can be spotted. If you fancy stretching your legs, there’s a Poppy Trail North Loop so you can wind through the stunning fields of red. For the best experience, head there for mid-morning; poppies open up at that time and curl up in the late afternoon to early evening, or if it’s cold, so check the weather forecast and make sure it’s warm enough for them to open up.

Crested Butte, Colorado

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Crested Butte Colorado is known for it's skiing and it's wildflowers. The variety and colors are endless; I spend several days there, and it's never enough.

Photo by: Brad McGinley Photography

Brad McGinley Photography

The wildflowers are so well known in Colorado that there’s even a festival: from July 5th through the 14th. Thanks to the wintry storms, wet springs, and sun soaked summers, the flowers bloom in the summer and cover the hills of Crested Butte like a carpet. There are a variety of trails from easy to difficult, including six that are close to town if you don’t want to venture too far.

Mt Rainier, Washington

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Flowers are purple arctic lupine (Lupinus arcticus), Magenta Paintbrush (Castilleja parviflora var. oreopola) and Beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax)

Photo by: Rene Frederick

Rene Frederick

The lush subalpine meadows that surround the majestic Mt Rainier are transformed from a deep green to brilliant purples, yellows, oranges, and pinks. Each July and August, the area explodes in vivacious color, and a stroll among the endless sea of flowers – everything from avalanche lilies, paintbrush, daises, and fireweed - is a must. The best places to view the flowers are Paradise, Sunrise and Chinook Pass. Sunrise in particular provides the opportunity for witness a true alpine ecosystem, with the Sourdough Ridge Trail offering 2.5 miles of rambling.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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Yellow wildflowers grow along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Shenandoah National Park of Virginia.

Photo by: Matt Anderson

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Some 862 species of wildflowers blanket the park, which unusually provides a display almost year-round, beginning in late March and sticking around until fall. The best time to visit is spring where the rich diversity of wildflowers is at its best. Lower elevations along streams such as South River, Rose River, and Milly Prong offer beautiful trails and nature at her finest.

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah

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Wildflowers bloom at Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah.

Photo by: Maria Jeffs

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A breathtaking contrast to the red Mars-like rock formations of Utah, Cedar Breaks’ wildflowers are so stunning that there’s usually a festival dedicated just to them. Cushion phlox, aspen bluebells, kittentails, and more can be spotted on the wildlife trails that lie high atop the Markagunt Plateau, which is more than three miles across and 2,500ft deep.

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