If you're looking for a sign to get out, enjoy the warming weather, and see some beautiful spring blooms, here it is. Just don't forget to stay sun-safe while out enjoying what spring has to offer.
Here are five of the best places to see the bloom this year.
Carrizo Plain National Monument, California
When to visit: February - May
Located in the southeastern side of California's beautiful San Luis Obispo County, the Carrizo Plain National Monument is one of the best places in the country to see a spring bloom. The yellow, golden and white daises and goldfields found in the Carrizo Plains beautifully contrast with the blue and purple valley phacelia which also call the valley home, giving visitors a burst of colors to marvel at.
Death Valley National Park, California / Nevada
When to visit: February - July
Despite its ominous sounding name and extreme temperatures (Death Valley holds the record for highest temperature ever recorded), incredible spring blooms can be seen at Death Valley National Park. Although some flowers can be found almost every year, large blooms only happen in Death Valley after very wet and rainy winters. The extreme temps and high UV index found in the valley also make it important for visitors to come prepared with water, food, and proper sun protection.
North Cascades National Park, Washington
When to visit: March - August
Being one of the largest national parks in the country, North Cascades is home to hiking and biking trails that draw in adventurous crowds year-round. But, throughout the spring, and even into the summer, the park features some of the most beautiful blooms in the country. Large clusters of unique flowers such as tiger lily, evergreen violet, and fireweed make for some of the most beautiful flower viewing in the country.
The Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.
When to visit: March - April
The pink and white cherry blossoms that bloom in the Washington D.C.’s Tidal Basin draw thousands of tourists to the nation's capital each spring. Although this bloom is arguably one of the most famous in the world, it doesn't last long. Peak bloom typically occurs in late march or early April and only lasts 7 to 10 days. Its recommended to see the bloom early in the morning to avoid the large crowds that often gather to see the blossoms.
When to visit: Year-round
Kauai is home to some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. Better yet, due to its tropical climate, these unique and beautiful flowers can be seen throughout the entire year. With Kauai's travel restrictions beginning to loosen, now may be the perfect time to go see some incredible blooms (just don't forget your UV Skinz!).