Each spring, Texas’ gently rolling flatlands explode into color. Some of the most stunning views in the state are of magnificent vistas and roadsides covered in blankets of our signature bluebonnets, as well as Indian paintbrushes and black-eyed Susans.
You can chase down some peak-season beauty across the plains of this region from about mid-March to mid-April. Exact bloom locations are somewhat of a surprise from year to year, but there are tried-and-true places to catch local color. Luckily, Texans tend to be obsessed with them, so you can find reported sightings on maps, apps and with local visitors’ bureaus.
Go ahead – pull the car over and pose among some bluebonnets. Chances are, you won’t be the only one. Just be sure to find a safe spot, stay out of the road and be extra aware of other drivers. When these cerulean beauties are in full bloom, it’s practically irresistible to grab a photo. For Texans, it’s a rite of passage. It is our state flower, after all!
Go straight to the source with a tour down the Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail in Ennis. You’ll be blown away by the idyllic landscapes in which grassy plains in every direction have been overtaken by a sea of bluebonnets. In April, you can attend a small festival during peak bloom, and Ennis even has a regularly updated bloom app featuring over 40 miles of scenic routes.
Take a road trip through Brenham, Chappell Hill and Burton to see over 70 miles of jaw-dropping bluebonnet trails. Every year, locals join the wildflower watch, so the Washington County Chamber of Commerce can offer current bloom status along the trails. And if you cruise through in April, you can attend the official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas in Chappell Hill.
More Wildflower Views
For more impressive views, head northeast up through Navasota and Anderson. You may also find some indigo, red and yellow patches about an hour farther south around Shulenburg and Fayetteville.