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The best road trip destinations for Texas wildflower season


Harlingen, Texas (Valley Central) — Texas wildflower season is here, bringing nature’s vivid and vibrant colors across the Lone Star State.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the official botanical garden and arboretum of Texas, predicts that 2024 will be a great year for full blooms.

Courtesy of Frank Maldonado

The bluebonnet, also known as the Texas state flower, is one of the many wildflowers that signal that spring has sprung.

“On a scale of one to 10, this year looks like it could be an eight, especially for bluebonnets, if not better,” said Andrea DeLong-Amaya, director of horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

DeLong-Amaya credits the massive wildflower blooms to weather events occurring in 2023.

“This fall and winter we enjoyed adequate rainfall that was well spaced, which is really key for wildflower development,” continued DeLong-Amaya.

Where to See Texas Wildflowers

Texas has over 5,000 species of wildflowers, which can be found in many different regions of the state.

A beautiful wildflower drive can make the perfect spring roadtrip for you and your loved ones.

Texas Highways, a magazine of the Texas Department of Transportation, recommends traveling to these areas to get the most out of your wildflower adventure.

  • South Texas Coastal Plain (Cuero, Goliad, Victoria, Refugio area north of Corpus Christi)
  • Highland Lakes (Lano, Barnett and Marble Falls area)
  • Washington County (west of Houston, east of Austin)
  • Hill Country (Fredericksburg, Enchanted Rock, Johnson City area)
  • Western Hill County (Leaky, Bandera, Utopia area)
  • Blackland Prairie (San Antonio, Austin, Ennis and Athens areas)
  • East Texas (Nacogdoches, Caddo Lake area)
  • North-central Texas (Stephenville, Hico, Comanche area)
  • Panhandle (Amarillo, Lake Meredith, Palo Duro Canyon, Caprock Canyon area)
  • Upper Coast (Brazos Bend, Beaumont, Brazoria, Sandylands, Houston area)
  • Big Bend and David Mountains (Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis, Marfa, Alpine Area)
  • Far West (El Paso, Guadalupe Mountains, Franklin Mountains area)


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