North America has one of the most diverse flora in the world. It also has many national parks and natural preserves where plants are under protection. With the first signs of spring, flowers start to pop up everywhere across the country. Thanks to diverse climate zones, it’s actually possible to see blooming flowers in North America almost all year round, however, the peak time is from February through September. As snow is starting to melt, get your camera ready for the most amazing shots of natural beauty.
While some wildflower blooms take place every year, others are more rare and can only occur under certain conditions. For example, if the fall is rainy and winter is not too cold. The superbloom in Death Valley National Park, California, occurs approximately once in 10 years. You can observe that phenomenon in February and March. The hottest and driest place on Earth gets covered by a sea of yellow, blue and white flowers. However, if you don’t want to spend years waiting for this miracle, then don’t forget that the super bloom also occurs in nearby California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park every March.
Poppy is a state flower of California for a reason. Every March, is the time to watch amazing scarlet blooms throughout the state. There is no better place for that than Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve located in the western Mojave Desert. If you are based in Los Angeles, you can also visit The Chino Hills State Park.
Texas Bluebonnets have become symbolic for the state. They are especially abundant in the Hill Country. The charming blue fields last for about 6 weeks, from March until mid-April.
Alaska may seem like a harsh place for flowers to strive, but you’ll be amazed at how colorful it becomes in June. Visit lupin fields at Turnagain Arm near the Cook Inlet. In July, you can see pink fireweed and shooting stars fields at Mendenhall Valley.
Utah is a fantastic place to see wildflowers. Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest blooms with various colors from May through August. Yosemite National Park is another amazing spot during spring and summer to spot purple lupines, lilies, yellow monkeyflowers, poppies and columbines.
Washington’s Cascades are known for stunning wildflower blooms that peak in August. Visit Mount Rainier National Park and the Bavarian Leavenworth village to see lupine, lilac, popcorn flowers and unique mountainous flora.
Finally, Crested Butte in Colorado will blow your mind with its amazing wildflowers. To celebrate the blooming season, the Wild Flower Festival is held in Crested Butte every July for 10 days of harmony with nature and stunning landscapes.