In desert valleys, grassland prairies, and alpine meadows, wildflowers are the color-saturated harbingers of spring—nature’s guarantee that the days are getting longer and, eventually, warmer. And like a modern-day rite of spring, we celebrate wildflower festivals in small towns and national parks across the US. Here are 10 recommendations for seeing wildflowers in all their glory, in all their different habitats. Just remember to look and not touch—picking flowers from national parks is illegal, after all.
By Deb Hopewell
Deb Hopewell is a freelance writer and editor whose travel stories have appeared in Fodors.com, TravelandLeisure.com, FourSeasons.com, Yahoo Travel, and the San Jose Mercury News, among others.