Plan your visit when blooms are at their peak.
Spring Photo Contest: Flowers
Anza-Borrego Desert, California Desert: Annuals set against sand dunes and mountains. For info: www.parks.ca.gov.
Southern Arizona: Broad patches amid towering saguaros. For info: www.desertusa.com.
Hill Country, Texas: Pleasant backroad driving to numerous locales. For info: www.lone-star.net/wildflowers/.
Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee: Hundreds of species on the ground, plus blooming shrubs and trees. For info: www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm.
San Juan Mountains, Colorado: Plentiful sub-alpine meadows set among mountains. For info: www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com.
Mount rainier, Washington: Sub-alpine wildflowers with snowcapped volcano as background. For info: www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm.