Top 6 American Flower Spots

Plan your visit when blooms are at their peak.

February

Anza-Borrego Desert, California Desert: Annuals set against sand dunes and mountains. For info: www.parks.ca.gov.

March

Southern Arizona: Broad patches amid towering saguaros. For info: www.desertusa.com.

April

Hill Country, Texas: Pleasant backroad driving to numerous locales. For info: www.lone-star.net/wildflowers/.

May

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.

Late July

San Juan Mountains, Colorado: Plentiful sub-alpine meadows set among mountains. For info: www.crestedbuttewildflowerfestival.com.

Early August

Mount rainier, Washington: Sub-alpine wildflowers with snowcapped volcano as background. For info: www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm.

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