17 Mar Best Places to see wildflowers in the Central Coast
Spring has sprung in the central coast. After a year of record setting rainfall there are certainly wildflowers to be seen. Pack a picnic basket and take a scenic drive hunter for blooms. There are some beautiful blooms nestled among the rolling green hills on the 154.
Just take a local drive around and appreciate the beauty of the once thirsty hills. Be sure to bring a camera and be prepared to want to pull over and appreciate the beauty several times before even reaching Los Alamos. Take a local hike and search in Santa Maria – plan your trips on AllTrails which offers an overview of trail location, difficulty and length.
Of course, if you want to take a bigger leap and really go for the super bloom check out Anza-Borrego state park which is the largest contiguous state park in California. Or the old classic Death Valley. Quick while supplies last!
Some lesser known gems include Anacapa island- take a trip back in time and out into the ocean. Day trips and overnights can be booked through Island Packers in Ventura or Oxnard. If you prefer to head north try the Fresno Blossom Trail which offers stunning views near the Sierra foothills.
Look for bright orange California poppies, purple blooms of Desert Verbena. For a more detailed trail guide in Santa Barbara County check out The Santa Barbara Trail Guide.
Wherever you chose to go, be it near or far enjoy the wildflowers while they last. The last super bloom was in 2006 and who knows when we will get to see one again. California is a beautiful place to call home no matter the season- but spring is especially spectacular.