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Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival

Every spring over a million purple blossoms drape from the tangled branches, and you can visit the place only during the annual Wistaria Festival

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival in California - Best Time
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Patrick Pelletier

Have you ever dreamt of making it to the Guinness Book of World Records? Well, some plants got there without striving for it. A tiny wisteria (spelled "wistaria" locally) vine was planed in a backyard of one of Sierra Madre houses back in 1894. At some point, it grew so big that now the Guiness Book of World Records lists the vine as the world’s largest blossoming plant.

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival in California - Best Season

The massive vine is strangely hard to see, as it grows on private property. The purple beauty can be visited only once a year during the annual Wistaria Festival. You can hop on a shuttle bus for about $12, but the entrance to the festival itself is free of charge. It is a truly magical experience to walk under the sprawling canopy of delicate flowers.

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