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Best Places to See Wildflowers Around the United States

Snow and cold got you down? Remember, spring is around the corner, and that means wildflowers

A dog sitting in a field of wildflowers in California's Anza Borrego Desert State Park. (© Don Paulson/SuperStock/Corbis)
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Crested Butte, Colorado

Peak Bloom: Mid-July

Primary Flower: Mixed

Inside Colorado's Gunnison National Forest lies Crested Butte, dubbed the state capital of wildflowers. Each summer, the area erupts in color as a variety of mountain wildflowers bloom from June to August. Wildflower varieties include the death camas (a tall member of the lily family), elephant head (a small flower with tiny pink blooms) and alpine sunflowers, which grow throughout the mountains of Colorado. At peak bloom in mid-July, the area hosts a wildflower festival, featuring hikes and workshops geared toward wildflower enthusiasts (classes range from photography to wildflower medicine). This year's festival is scheduled for July 13-19, and is expected to draw visitors from around the country.

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