Top Ten Wildflower-Viewing Spots

You've been patient all winter, and now finally you'll be rewarded. Get outside and take in spring's greatest gift: sweet, vibrant wildflowers from coast to coast. Here, our ten favorite spots.
Coreopsis Lanceolata flowers, Texas
A field of Coreopsis Lanceolata flowers, just one of many wildflower species blanketing Texas's Hill Country in the spring (Jeremy Woodhouse/Photodisc/Getty)

There's a special feeling that comes with the dawning of spring, a feeling of lightness, of new beginnings, of warmth and vibrancy. People replace their layers of polar fleece with shorts and T-shirts, just as the landscape sheds its monochromatic hue for stunningly colorful flowers from coast to coast. So, when balmy ousts nippy and the sweet smell of mowed grass fills the air, lace up your hiking shoes, grab a camera, and hit the trails for a trek through fields of wildflowers in every color of the rainbow.

10. Texas 
Bluebonnets have become almost synonymous with Texas. And no wonder, they are native to Texas, they are the state flower, and they put on quite a show during the Texas spring. The Hill Country blooms offer the best of Texas wildflower viewing. On a good year, the deep-blue bluebonnets wave in the breeze by the side of the road and over meadows and hills, but it's not the only wildflower in attendance. Indian paintbrush, pink evening primrose, scarlet phlox, rain lilies, and blooming peach and redbud trees also color the landscape. To learn more about Texas wildflowers, visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. Dedicated to protecting and preserving North America's wildflowers and other native plants, the center's gardens and meadows are awash with color during wildflower season.

Published: 21 Mar 2009 | Last Updated: 8 May 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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