Top 10 Trips for Flower Lovers

Nothing puts the cherry on top of a beautiful landscape like a sprinkling of flowers. On this first day of spring, we've compiled the top 10 Backroads trips for flower lovers.

PreviewFlowers and windwills in the Netherlands

1) Netherlands & Belgium

When: Mid-April to mid-May

What: Tulips

Let's get the big flowery elephant in the room out of the way. From mid-April to mid-May, Holland's fields are transformed into flowing rainbows of tulips. With its cool evenings and well-drained soil, Holland is the ideal tulip nursery in the spring.

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PreviewLavender in Provence

2) Provence

When: June, July & August

What: Lavender

Imagine cycling down a serene country road with the soothing smell of lavender in the air, flanked by vast, undulating seas of smoky purple. That's the scene in the summer on our Provence trips.

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PreviewFlowers in Tuscany

3) Tuscany

When: Mid-April & May

What: Poppies

Spring rains and abundant sunshine lead the typically brownish Tuscan hills to be briefly covered with bright red carpets of poppies.

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4) Kentucky

When: April to mid-June

What: Eastern Redbuds & Dogwood Trees

With pompoms of Eastern Redbuds and white Dogwoods blurring past, and a playful thoroughbred foal running alongside, you’ll get the sense mother nature is cheering you on as you cycle down the country roads of Kentucky in the spring.

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5) Death Valley

When: Mid-February to mid-May

What: Wildflowers (Desert Gold, Golden Evening Primrose, Gravel Ghost, Monkeyflower, Desert Five-spot, etc.)

Don't judge a book by its cover, and don't judge Death Valley by its name. Spring in the desert puts you in a position to see an explosion of life made even more dramatic thanks to the otherwise dry surrounds. Though the famed "super blooms" happen only once or twice a decade, you can count on there being a riot of color every spring.

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PreviewFlowers in Alaska

6) Alaska

When: May & June

What: Lupine, Fireweed, and more.

Thanks to abundant rainfall, and 20+ hours of summer sunlight, the Kenai Peninsula (technically a temperate rainforest) is home to freakishly beautiful—and freakishly large—wildflowers.

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PreviewFlowers in the cotswolds

7) The Cotswolds

When: April & May

What: Bluebells

The inspiration for Tolkien's "The Shire,” the Cotswolds charm all comers with a subtle country beauty. Springtime strollers on the famed "Cotswolds Way" get to feast their eyes on the deep blue hues of many a "bluebell wood.” 

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PreviewFlowers in Glacier National Park

8) Glacier National Park

When: Late June to early August

What: Glacier Lilies, Fireweed, Lupine, Beargrass

Thanks to the absence of industry or agriculture, Glacier National Park’s alpine flora is in a pristine natural state. Craggy mountain peaks and deep green pines are a perfect backdrop for the burst of color in the mountain valleys.

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9) Santa Barbara

When: March to May

What: California Poppies                 

Tissue paper petals of neon orange dot the grassy hillsides of California in the spring. There's no better place to see them than the hills of Santa Barbara County. Just don't pick them, as it's against the law to pick the state flower here!

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PreviewWildflowers in Grand Teton

10) Grand Teton National Park

When: May to August

What: Alpine Wildflowers (larkspur, indian paintbrush, fireweed, columbine, monkshood, alpine forget-me-not, sky pilot, etc.)

Thanks to the protections afforded them by their national park status, the valleys and grasslands of Grand Teton National Park are free to explode as nature intended in the Spring and Summer. Blue skies, green mosses and a confetti of wildflower colors accompany you on a walk amongst the mountains here in Wyoming.

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