We don’t travel FOR the photos, but we do love putting together a totally chic Instagram post after a trip! Read on for 4 fabulous flower fields that are sure to make some stunning photos—even if you aren’t a pro photographer!
Endless Fields of Lupins in New Zealand
Our trip starts in the land of hobbits and sheep, the endlessly-charming New Zealand. While you should certainly head to New Zealand for much more than just flowers (including 13 unparalleled national parks, bustling cities, active volcanoes, enormous glaciers, the Southern Lights, adventure sports, and oh-so-much more!), lupin season is the best time to visit (in our humble, flower-obsessed opinion). These purple beauties pop up in dense clusters and can grow up to 5 feet. To get a good gander at lupins in bloom, consider making a stop at Lake Tekapo or Lake Pukaki between November and early January. Plus, as you’re on your lupin road trip, you’ll witness some of the most stunning views in all of New Zealand right along the highway. Be sure to snap a few shots of those as well!
Valleys of Sunflowers in Bulgaria
While this variety is actually native to the Americas, our top spot to see sunflowers as far as the eye can see is actually in Europe—Bulgaria, to be exact. You can’t catch these 24-karat golden guys all year, so make sure you schedule your trip accordingly. The best time to visit these sun-tracking beauts is between July and August and the best places to start your sunflower hunting are Kaliakra, Chernograd, or Varna. Plus, while you’re in magnificent Bulgaria, you can do everything from skiing to soaking in hot springs to beach hopping and fully immersing yourself in the history and culture of one of the oldest cities in the world (Plovdiv). Make sure you tag us in your pics because we’ve already got FOMO!
Acres of Ranunculus in Carlsbad, California
After your next family trip to LEGOLAND, take a more serene stop-off at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad. Here you’ll find 50 acres of one of the most desirable flower varieties out there, ranunculus. These babies, better known as buttercups, are the perfect spring bloom, as they come in shades of pink, purple, yellow, red, and white. Certain ranunculus flowers actually have 12o+ petals—now that’s a lotta buttercup! The best time to visit these flower fields in SoCal is between March and early May. Be sure to reserve your tickets online (here) with ample time before your trip. And don’t worry, everyone in the family will find something they love here. Besides a photoshoot-worthy background, you’ll also find a playground, a maze, a wagon tour, rose and themed gardens, an orchid greenhouse, and events for special holidays like Mother’s Day!
An Italian Village Decorated with Wildflowers
Does Castelluccio ring a bell? Chances are that unless you’re a friend of one of the 150 residents who live there, it doesn’t. But it should! This charming Italian village skirts the beautiful Monti Sibillini National Park and is known for its incredible lentils, its sheep industry, lots of skiing and hiking, and, in the springtime, it’s the unofficial home of Italian wildflowers. The only thing more powerful than the vibrant fragrance is the technicolor blooms that will fill up your entire camera frame. Between May and June, you can expect to find violets, daisies, poppies, cornflowers, other wildflowers, and lush green grasses. And if that isn’t enough, you’ll also have a non-active volcano and vast mountains as a photo backdrop. Not bad, eh?
Add to Our Blooms Bucket List
Have you visited an exceptional flower field somewhere around the world? Leave a comment below and let us know all about it! We’re always excited to add more spots to our Blooms Bucket List.