April showers bring May flowers!! In Southern California, we have the best display of flowers. The weather is 80 degrees year around and the flora game is strong! Here, annuals become perennials, and little flower pots flourish into big bushes. You'll find bougainvillea in bloom (always), and a stunning rotation of flowers, wish most in bloom right now!
Drive any freeway or highway in Los Angeles, and you'll see ALOT. All the freeway exits are heavily landscaped. My favorite ones are Malibu Canyon, 1-15 to Chino Hills and
Foothill in La Cañada (fields of portulaca, turn right to see flowers in the crevice wall, and walk the charming town of Montrose for blooms on every tree and corner).
There's nothing more enchanting than frolicking through a field of wildflowers. To get the best results, nature requires heavy winter rains, light winds, and knowing the exact locations to find the flowers. Here's a map and my guide to the Best Places to See Flowers in Southern California right now.
Nicholl's Road, Lake Elsinore
Palos Verdes Peninsula
The most exotic blooms are on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. It's free and gorgeous. Drive in the springtime, and you'll see every color flower along the coast, in the crevices of the canyon, or in the immaculate yards of the fancy folk who live here.
Spring blooms or not, this view is worth the drive.
Situated on the beach with a bluff full of blooms, Point Dume is the best. You can bathe on the beach while looking at a mossy green cliffside covered in yellow wildflowers. OR hike and stand on top of it all. It's the perfect flower and beach location.
Beyond LA, there are a lot of great places to see the flowers in So Cal. I'm certain your local hiking trail has something special in bloom, but if you're up for a road trip...
The LA Arboretum is too cool! There's a wildflower meadow in Crescent Farms and peacocks galore! Peacocks run this park. They're everywhere and you have to be careful because they can be aggressive.
There are so many places to go and the arboretum is enormous. They decorate special for every holiday, and it's a fun place to gather with family and friends.
Get a membership. It's the way to go. I love this option because it gives me a purpose and place to go that saves money and gains value every time.
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Lake Elsinore - Riverside
Mother Nature hasn't been too kind to the poppies this year. To get a look like the Wizard of Oz in Lake Elsinore or the Antelope Poppy Reserve requires a healthy amount of winter rainfall, and we didn't get that last year.
Lake Elsinore is an hour and a half drive from Los Angeles, and has a lot of poppies. Driving south on the I-5, you’ll start to see vibrant yellow blooms in Chino Hills, Temescal Canyon, and Walker Canyon.
That photo (above) was taken during the rare Super Bloom of 2019. That year, we had great rains and mild winds in March the created the perfect climate for the flowers to grow.
If you want to see the poppies without a hoard of people, drive one more freeway exit north on Nicholl’s Road. In 1-2 miles, you'll see a small dirt parking lot facing an open mountain full of flowers. It's perfect for photoshoots without permits and people. I love this area too because it has these gorgeous purple flowers that I can dream for dayz.
Have you been here? Post in the comments below! Where's your favorite place to see the flowers bloom? If you found this article helpful, share it with a friend and tag me in your posts! Follow @ValDouroux on Instagram for more adventures.
Carlsbad Flower Fields
One of the most beautiful places to see the flowers in Spring is The Carlsbad Flower Fields. It doesn't get any more colorful or symmetrical than this. The Carlsbad Flower Fields are of the greatest in the world. It's a place where Botanists and volunteers freely dedicate their time to the preservation of poppies, orchids, roses, and snapdragons!
My son and I even went through a sweat pea maze! He lost his shoes there if any one finds a pair of Nike's boy size 7.
Charizo Plain - Santa Barbara
Antelope Poppy Basin - Lancaster
Idyllwild-Pine Cove - San Bernardino
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - San Diego
Underwood Family Farms (Pick your own fruit!)
If you read this too late, & if all else fails, you can go to the Los Angeles Flower District and buy a beautiful bouquet.
Here's a Google Map for your convenience! Let us know where you go and places you recommend in the comments below!