Where to Spot Spring Blooms Across California This Season

The interplay of clouds and light make this a constantly changing tapestry of poppies, mustard, phacelia, and lupine near Lake Elsinore in Southern California

One of the many beauties of spring in California is the first bloom of wildflowers that paint the hills and fields. Following a much-needed wet season in California, there is talk of a possible “superbloom” across the state that will bring an abundance of flowers and vibrant colors. Now that spring is here, we’ve rounded up some of the best viewing places to catch the state’s spring blooms, from the bright orange poppies native to California to the pink cherry blossoms in the iconic Golden Gate Park. 

Coachella Valley

Travelers can enjoy sunny days and bright blooms at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains stretching across the Coachella Valley. The spring season brings perennials and colorful wildflowers, transforming the hillsides and dune in the area. 

Where to Stay: 

Based at the foothills of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains, Miramonte Resort & Spa is an intimate desert oasis boasting 11 expansive acres of fragrant citrus groves, olive trees and flower gardens, as well as panoramic views of the mountain range. After a day of flower viewing, guests can enjoy a rejuvenating treatment at Miramonte’s award-winning WELL Spa, California cuisine at the signature restaurant, Citrus & Palm, and a dip in one of the property’s three pools.

San Diego

The rolling hills and lush grassland at Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego make a fun destination to explore dozens of wildflower varieties such as California poppies, San Diego sunflowers and Western azaleas. 

Where to Stay:

A quick drive from Mission Trails Regional Park, Town & Country Resort features 671 spacious guest rooms and suites, chef-driven dining at its five restaurants and a sprawling pool complex with water slides and a sand volleyball court in the heart of San Diego. The urban resort also features a three-acre Riverfront Park nestled on the shores of the San Diego River where guests can enjoy a relaxing picnic, wellness class or lawn games.

San Francisco

San Francisco is known for its spring cherry blossom season from mid-March through mid-April, when locals and travelers can observe the pale pink blooms across the city. The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park features cherry blossom trees scattered among the historic garden’s bridges, pagodas and iconic teahouse. Each year, the season culminates with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, the biggest cherry blossom festival in the U.S. outside of Washington D.C., which is taking place April 8–16, 2023 in San Francisco’s Japantown.

Where to Stay: 

Beacon Grand is located in the heart of Union Square, less than two miles from Japantown’s Cherry Blossom Festival. The hotel features a modern elegant design with grand ceilings and stunning chandeliers, spacious rooms with custom SF-inspired décor and windows that overlook the square and trolleys. During their stay, guests can enjoy house-aged spirits, elevated bites and live music at Beacon Lounge.

San Luis Obispo

Springtime in San Luis Obispo means warmer temperatures and rolling hills of vibrant wildflowers. With peak season taking place from March through May, travelers can spot California poppies across Montaña de Oro State Park, as well as a glow in the dark flower installation at the Light at Sensorio in Paso Robles created by inter­na­tion­al­ly acclaimed artist Bruce Munro.

Where to Stay: 

A home base for travelers, The Wayfarer San Luis Obispo opened in February with refreshed guestrooms and a newly rebranded restaurant and bar, Schoolyard Burgers & Brew. The property is conveniently located in the middle of Montaña de Oro State Park and Sensario, perfect for those looking to visit both bloom spots.

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