Nothing says “spring” quite like a bed of colorful wildflowers in full bloom. On the West Coast, there are a number of places that offer unparalleled views of vibrant color and awe-inspiring beauty. If you’re looking for a surefire way to officially say “goodbye” to winter and “hello” to the beauty of spring, you definitely need to plan a spring blossoms tour of the West Coast. In this post, we’ll go over a few of the best cities to spot the spring blossoms.
The flowers of Carrizo Plain are of such otherworldly beauty that you may feel like you stepped into a different universe upon seeing them for the first time. Located in Central California, the plain boasts miles and miles of gorgeous yellow and purple color. You will behold a variety of flowers including jewel flowers, California poppies, owls closer, tidy tips, and lupine. March through May are the best times to visit the plain and see the flowers in full bloom.
Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve
Any time between February and May you can catch an incredible explosion of orange color in the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve in Northern Los Angeles County. Hundreds of thousands of California poppies, which happen to be the state’s official flower, fill the preserve and take up miles and miles of land, showing off their radiant, deep orange color. At the preserve, you’ll be able to explore over eight miles of hiking trails throughout the hilly areas filled with poppies. Although the poppies are usually only in bloom from February through May, you can visit the preserve year round and still enjoy incredible views of the scenery. The preserve is free to enter; however, there is a $10 fee for parking.
The Lavender Farms of Oregon
In Oregon, you’ll not only be treated to stunning views of lavender flowers in bloom (provided you visit anytime between April and August), but you’ll also get to take in the incredible snowy mountaintop backdrop. During your time in the state, there is no one place to go for lavender flowers; you’ll be able to find several lavender farms throughout this West Coast state. Lavenders are so prevalent in the state during the spring and summer season that there are many lavender-themed events and festivals you should plan on attending. Whether you go to an event or just visit one of the farms, you should be able to find plenty of lavender-related products to buy and take home as a souvenir. Many of the farms sell lavender perfumes, teas, soaps, candles, and essential oils … all products that will make fabulous gifts for yourself and others! If you are in Southern Oregon, lavender could bloom as early as April. However, if you are in Central Oregon, don’t plan on seeing any lavender flowers until July.
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Tulip lovers will get a real kick out of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington State. At the event, millions of brightly colored tulips are in bloom, filling up the Skagit Valley. All the tulips are grown by Roozengaarde and Tulip Town. If you stop by Roozengaarde, you’ll find 44 acres of tulips and yellow Daffodils along with a real Dutch windmill. At Tulip Town, you can enjoy a tour of the tulips via a trolley ride. Both Roozengaarde and Tulip Town have a small $7 admission fee.
The flowers of Anza-Borrego Desert are in full bloom from January until March. The white andpurple flowers are so stunning that they don’t even appear real at first, especially when they are in the sunlight. Aside from a variety of flowers, you’ll also spot many different cactuses and other plants in this California desert. Another great thing about Anza-Borrego Park is that you’ll be able to camp in the park if you so choose and sleep surrounded by the beautiful wildflowers.
Don’t let the “Death Valley” name deter you from making a trip to this California valley. Keep in mind that it can be difficult to gauge when exactly the flowers will be in bloom. It can be so tricky, in fact, that super blooms only occur once every five to ten years! However, if you can get the time down just right (usually sometime between February and April) you can behold stunning views of bright yellow flowers and a variety of other exotic plant species that inhabit the valley.
Ready to enjoy spring the best way one can? Don’t hesitate to buy your bus ticket to one of these West Coast regions and start planning your spring blossoms trip today!