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Posted by: Xanterra on June 6, 2022

Summer is a great time of year to travel and explore. The weather is warming up, the birds are chirping, and the wildflowers are in bloom all around the world. Wildflowers bring vibrancy and colors and heighten the visual feast of a new destination. Even in the desert of Death Valley National Park, the flowers are blooming and prospering. 

Xanterra makes it easier than ever for you to see the wild blooms of the world. With us, you can explore the parks of America, or travel to Holland, France, Italy, and more — all to see beautiful blooms and a kaleidoscope of colors. This fresh season comes with new life, bringing inspiration and beauty throughout your travels. Keep reading for our recommendations on where to see the most beautiful flowers this summer!

The 2016 Death Valley Superbloom along Badwater Basin Road.

Flowers in the Desert

Any water source is precious in Death Valley National Park, but a flow of rain over the winter months allows wildflowers to bloom throughout the park for an impressive floral display. As you make your way through the park, keep an eye out for golden and brown-eyed evening primrose, notch-leaf phacelia, sand verbena, purple mat, and gravel ghost. You can expect to see these flowers painting the landscape in yellow, pink, and purple. 

Wild flowers growing on the Bright Angel Trail in the Grand Canyon

Canyon Wildflowers

It’s no secret that Grand Canyon National Park is home to stunning landscapes year-round, but during the summer months, this place is especially spectacular. The days are longer, everything has begun to thaw from the winter months, and the temperatures are perfect. In fact, this national park is said to sit in the “Goldilocks Zone” throughout spring and summer — because it’s not too hot and not too cold, but just right. Once you take in the awe of the canyon, you’ll begin to notice all the little elements that make it so beautiful. The park is home to hundreds of wildflowers, including baby white aster, white violet, ground cherry, evening primrose, Indian paintbrush, Rocky Mountain iris, and more than 650 species of herbaceous wildflowers. If you time it right, you could also be there when the cactus plants are blooming with yellow, red, purple, and white flowers — a true sight of the American Southwest. 

Male bison lying in the field with flowers, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Rebirth in Yellowstone

In Yellowstone National Park, bears are emerging from their hibernation, baby animals are born, and flowers are in bloom. Each month brings an opportunity to see something new. In April, you’ll see buttercups, shooting stars, and pasqueflower. Throughout May, you’ll find glacier lilies and bitterroot, and in June, you can see the full bloom. Though the park is always colorful, from its rainbow hot springs to its vibrant canyon walls, the wildflowers add an extra pop. The best opportunity to see flowers is to head through the park’s northern range, including Mammoth and the Lamar Valley. Its dry landscape is home to a large variety of plants, such as pink blossoms of bitterroot and evening primrose. Next time you visit the park, while you’re on the lookout for bears and bison, don’t forget to stop and take in the flowers too! 

windmill next to fields of tulips

Holland in Bloom

Want to travel to Europe this season? Holiday Vacations has you covered. With their Holland in Bloom tour, you can discover the culture and heritage of Holland and Belgium and witness their endless rows of wild tulips. The tour will take you to the Aalsmeer Flower Auction, the world’s largest international flower market, where around 20 million flowers of many different varieties are traded daily. Learn about the flowers’ journey from the fields to local florists in an astonishingly short time. You’ll then visit Keukenhof, “The Garden of Europe”, where pathways through the park weave among tulips, daffodils, narcissus, and other beautiful blossoms. Stroll through at your own pace as you walk up to the windmill to look at the adjoining bulb fields. You’ll be in awe from the moment you arrive! 

"Senanque Abbey with blooming lavender field (Provence, France).See also:"

Lavender Country

Who doesn’t love lavender? With its beautiful purple color and calming properties, it’s easy to be a fan of this wonderful flower! Lavender can be found in Provence, France, in a particular part of the countryside, within the plateaus east of Mont Ventoux and atop the Luberon hills. On the France: Provence & St. Rémy tour with Country Walkers, you’ll stop to stroll through a lavender field in full bloom just outside the village of Gordes. You’ll then head up to the upper slopes of Mont Ventoux to enjoy a view of the Alps, where you’ll see lavender growing naturally in the wild. Next, you’ll visit the Agnel family farm and learn about the precious purple flower. During this visit, they’ll take you out to the fields and teach you how to cut lavender the traditional way. There’s lots to learn and so much to see exploring on foot — and you won’t miss a thing with Country Walkers! 

Beautiful view of idyllic alpine mountain scenery with traditional old mountain chalets and fresh green meadows on a sunny day with blue sky and clouds in springtime, South Tyrol, Italy

Riding Through Blooms 

With VBT Bicycling Vacations, you can fully immerse yourself into a new culture and get an up-close look at each landscape you travel past. In summer, you’ll feel the warm breeze, smell the fresh flowers, and have the chance to explore every opportunity that comes with being somewhere new. With their Italy: Valleys of the Dolomites tour, take in the alpine flowers blooming in the meadows surrounding the Dolomites, transforming the landscape into a fantastic palette of colors. Spend your day cycling past stunning flower fields and relaxing at night in the famous thermal baths of local villages. This is the relaxing yet adventure-filled trip that you need this season!

No matter where you go, there’s always something in bloom. Whether in the desert, at a nearby national park, or across the sea to a new world, travel brings endless possibilities, new life, and new experiences. This summer, live life colorfully and take in all that the season has to offer. Start planning your next getaway today.

man on paddleboard

Written by: Xanterra

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