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Round Trip: Take an Airstream Wildflower Road Trip


Spring is in the air. Make the most of the season of renewal with a wildflower road trip to some of the best bloom viewing in the country.

If you hit the road and head south in the late winter or early spring, you’ll quickly discover that this time of year is one of the best to travel. Chiefly among the reasons: Cooler temperatures, fewer crowds, and the chance to witness the incredible scene that comes with the changing of the seasons. 

No matter whether you’re traveling in an Airstream travel trailer or a touring coach, the flexibility of your accommodations allows you to chase wildflower blooms wherever they may be. To help you plan your floral adventure, we've curated a list of our top picks for wildflower destinations, complete with flower types and the best times to visit. Our tour starts in the southern regions of the USA, where warmer temperatures come earlier in the year. Trace the path of the seasonal change as you travel north to places where the flowers erupt in early summer.

Hit the grocery, pack the Airstream, and get ready to be dazzled by nature's colorful display in some of the very best places for wildflower viewing. 

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1. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, CA

  • Flower type: Gold poppies, phacelia, tiny bell flowers.
  • Best time to go: January-March

In the vast expanse of the California desert lies Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, a stunning, barren landscape that’s transformed by vibrant wildflowers in the early spring. Here, amidst the arid terrain, bursts of gold poppies, delicate phacelia, and tiny bell flowers paint the desert floor in a kaleidoscope of colors.

2. Shenandoah National Park

  • Flower type: Bloodroot, trillium, violets, geraniums, pink lady slippers.
  • Best time to go: March

Nestled in the heart of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park is a haven for wildflower enthusiasts. As spring unfurls its magic, the forest floor becomes a canvas adorned with the delicate beauty of bloodroot, trillium, violets, geraniums, and pink lady slippers.

3. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, CA

  • Flower type: Poppies.
  • Best time to go: Mid-March to late-April

Located in the high desert of Lancaster, this reserve transforms into a sea of vibrant orange blooms as far as the eye can see. Mid-March to late-April is the prime time to witness this awe-inspiring phenomenon, as endless fields of poppies sway in the gentle breeze.

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4. Hill Country, TX

  • Flower type: Bluebonnets.
  • Best time to go: April

In the heart of Texas, the rolling hills of Hill Country come alive with the iconic bluebonnets in April. As winter bids adieu and spring takes center stage, vast expanses of these azure blooms carpet the countryside, casting a spell of natural beauty over the landscape. Often, they’re accompanied by paintbrush flowers that balance with splotches of bright reddish purple.

5. Great Smoky Mountain National Park, TN

  • Flower type: 1,500 varieties including trillium, lady slipper orchids, violets.
  • Best time to go: Mid-to Late-April

In the misty valleys of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, spring heralds the arrival of a floral extravaganza. With over 1,500 varieties of wildflowers, including trillium, lady slipper orchids, and violets, the park becomes a botanical wonderland from mid to late-April. Hike trails along icy creeks that dare you to dip your toes.

6. Sugar Hill, NH

  • Flower type: Lupines.
  • Best time to go: Early June

Nestled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Sugar Hill is renowned for its breathtaking fields of lupines. As June dawns, these vibrant purple blooms blanket the hillsides, creating a picture-perfect scene straight out of a storybook.


7. Glacier National Park, MT

  • Flower type: 1,000 species including purple asters, Indian pipes, and geraniums.
  • Best time to go: June-July

In the rugged wilderness of Glacier National Park, a treasure trove of wildflowers awaits discovery. From June to July, the park comes alive with a dazzling array of colors, boasting an overwhelming diversity of  asters, Indian pipes, geraniums, and buttercups.

8. Crested Butte, CO

  • Flower type: Lilies, primrose, honeysuckle, iris, marigolds.
  • Best time to go: July

Dubbed the "Wildflower Capital of Colorado," Crested Butte is a paradise for flower enthusiasts. In July, this charming mountain town bursts into bloom, with lilies, primrose, honeysuckle, iris, marigolds, and countless other blooms adorning its meadows and hillsides.

9. Fort Pierre National Grassland, SD

  • Flower type: Purple prairie clover, bluebell, silver bladderpod.
  • Best time to go: Spring/Summer

In the heart of the American prairie, Fort Pierre National Grassland offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of native wildflowers. From spring to summer, the landscape is adorned with purple prairie clover, bluebell, and silver bladderpod, among others. Explore the vast expanse of grasslands and marvel at the resilience and beauty of these prairie blooms, which add a touch of color to the sweeping plains of South Dakota.

10. Mount Rainier National Park, WA

  • Flower type: Bellflowers, bog orchids, bleeding hearts, cinquefoils.
  • Best time to go: Mid-July-August

Amidst the towering peaks of Mount Rainier, a botanical paradise awaits. From mid-July to August, the park's alpine meadows burst into bloom, showcasing a dazzling array of bellflowers, bog orchids, bleeding hearts, and cinquefoils. Embark on a hike through the park's high country and be rewarded with panoramic vistas of snow-capped peaks framed by a carpet of colorful wildflowers, a sight that epitomizes the beauty of the Pacific Northwest's natural landscapes.

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As you plan your wildflower road trip, remember to check National Park and local websites for the most accurate information on bloom timings and locations. And always adhere to Leave No Trace policies, ensuring that the beauty of these natural wonders remains for future generations to enjoy. So rev up your engines, roll down the windows, and let the vibrant colors of wildflowers guide you on an unforgettable journey through nature's floral tapestry!

Featured photo from Becca @twotailsandatrailer via Instagram