When you think of iconic flower-filled destinations, Holland and its tulips probably come to mind. It's possible to see these colorful blooms in and around Amsterdam during March, April and May, but cycling the Flower Route or visiting the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse make for better viewing.
Drive through Texas Hill Country in April, and you're bound to see bluebonnets extending out along the roadside. Check out the areas around Fredericksburg or the area between Austin, San Antonio, Lampasas and Junction. The Texas Department of Transportation scatters more than 30,000 pounds of wildflower seed per year, making for a lovely and romantic road trip.
The fields of purple blooms along the Lavender Route in Provence, France smell just as beautiful as they look. The area is hone to some of the most picturesque villages in the country. Make the drive during the summer when the plants are in full bloom, and be sure to pick up some lavender honey to take home with you.
Each spring, the grasslands of the Mojave Desert come to life with fields of orange and red poppies as far as the eye can see. When you visit the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve, you'll have eight miles of hiking trails across the gently rolling hills to enjoy. For more poppy fun, come during the annual California Poppy Festival at the end of April.
Early spring brings daffodils to Cotswolds and Wales, and if you want to see the Welsh national flower while in Wales, head to Castle Upon Alun. In Cotswolds, join other spring flower viewers as they walk through Gloucestershire's Leadon Valley, aptly nicknamed Daffodil Way.
Japan may be best known for cherry blossoms, but at Hitachi Seaside Park, it's the rolling hills of baby blue-eyes that steal the show. After the blue blossoms fade, you'll see burning bush, cosmos, zinnia and roses throughout the rest of the year. In autumn, the leaves on the trees are just as colorful as the flowers.
Nothing says "summer" like a field of sunflowers, and one of the most romantic places to see them is in Tuscany. As you drive between medieval villages perched on hilltops, you'll pass endless fields of these yellow beauties when they peak in mid-July. If you get there early, you can spot fields of red poppies.
A visit to the Carlsbad Flower Fields has become a spring tradition for many a San Diego resident. Over 50 acres of hills along the Carlsbad coast are covered in rainbow-hued ranunculus blooms. Walk the paths through the fields, take a tractor-driven wagon ride, get lost in the sweet pea maze or picnic in one of the themed gardens.
In spring, the woodlands of England put on a colorful spectacle of their own when the bluebells begin to bloom. These iconic British wildflowers create a carpet of purple and blue in the 1,100 bluebell woods scattered throughout the country. If you're passing through, check with the nearest town for any scheduled bluebell walks.
There's a little bit of everything in the wildflower fields of Mt Rainier National Park come springtime, and the colorful meadows enjoy a backdrop of the snow-capped peak. While the window for wildflower viewing is largely weather-dependent, the sub-alpine meadows are typically at their most colorful in late July and early August.