As soon as the Spring season rolls around, flower fields around the world bloom in the most gorgeous colors. Whether they be flower gardens or open fields, a blanket of flowers is a jaw-dropping sight that truly takes your breath away. As winter snow melts away, the sun hangs in the sky for longer, and the days become a little warmer, the land grows green once again and the flowers are starting to bloom. So, where, exactly, are the most beautiful, captivating, magical flower fields and flower gardens to visit and photograph?
Well, they’re all of the place, from the US’s East Coast to the countryside of England to the gardens of Japan. And they’re all here for you to learn about, track down, and enjoy yourself. Let’s chase wildflowers in the most Instagram-worthy flower fields in the world – some really famous and a few hidden gems you may not know about!These are the most instagrammable flower fields in the whole world!
Disclaimer: When exploring and photographing flowers fields please stick to the assigned paths and protect the flowers. Don’t be the one to trample the flowers for a photo!
Flower Fields in Western Australia
For two months every spring, the usually dry red landscape of the Western Australian Outback comes alive with wildflowers.
The iconic Wildflower Way, a scenic drive north from Perth, takes you through the small historic towns of the countryside passing vast fields of yellow canola, pink and white everlastings, wreath flowers and the puffy purple mulla mulla as far as the eye can see.
You can take a day trip, make a weekend of it, or take your time exploring the blooming scenery.
In my opinion, the best way to truly experience this region is to camp. There are several free campsites to choose from such as Tenindewa Pioneer Well just outside Mullewa, or splash out the modest sum of AU$11 per person per night to sleep under the stars and amongst the flora at Coalseam Conservation Park, north of Mingenew.
Keeping Up With Little Joneses showcases more of these beautiful wild flower gardens of Western Australia.
Manau Island-The Flower Island in Germany
Mainau Island is a beautiful small island located on Lake Constance, on the border of Germany and Switzerland. It is an island specifically for gardens, flowers and trees, drawing thousands of visitors every year.
The island is covered in over 30,000 rose bushes, thousands of dahlias, rhododendrons, azaleas, tulips and other flower varieties. If visiting, be sure to check out our in depth guide to visiting the beautiful Mainau Island.
Visiting Mainau Island can be done by arriving right outside of the island and parking at the lot. It is an easy walk across a foot bridge to get to the island.
There is a fee to visit the island and ticket prices vary between adults and children.
It is best to go in late spring or early summer after the leaves and flowers have bloomed. Though the island is maintained year-round, all of the flowers remain from late spring to late summer which makes it the best time to go.
There are hundreds of areas to capture pictures, and its best to go early to avoid crowds and ensure a variety of pictures.
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Tasmania Flower Fields
Tasmania, also known as the “Apple Isle” is a pristine and incredibly scenic destination, with mountains, beaches, historic landmarks and huge sections of pure wilderness.
Tasmania also has its little piece of Provence with gorgeous lavender fields. An hour’s drive from Launceston, in the heart of the Tamar Valley, Bridestowe Lavender Estate offers a beautiful Instagrammable experience.
The lavender fields were started with seeds from Provence and are in full bloom during the summer months of December and January. During this period, you can see purple blooms far into the horizon.
The purple flowers are a beautiful contrast against the blue sky and the terracotta soil, and you can get some quality photos.
Visitors are required to pay a $10 to enter the estate and you are free to roam the lavender fields at leisure. It does get busy but the estate is so big that you can always find a quieter spot.
While you’re there, you can shop for lavender products and have a light snack at the café. Of course, there is lavender ice-cream… It tastes more like vanilla than lavender but how often do you get to eat something purple?
Explore more with Lester Lost and their ultimate list of places to visit in Tasmania.
Flower Fields – Udon Thani, Thailand
Just one hour’s drive from the city of Udon Thani in Northeast Thailand lies a truly unique and instagrammable flower field.
A large freshwater lake, known as the Red Lotus Sea, is totally covered in bright pink lotus blooms. The blooms are so vivid and thick that they cover the surface of the lake with a shimmering blanket of pink.
The lotus flowers bloom during the months of December through February each year. To see the flowers at their best and get amazing photographs, aim to arrive early in the morning before the heat of the day forces the blooms to close.
Whilst admission is free, the lotus flowers are located quite a way off shore, so you’ll need to hire a boat. Boat hire ranges from 300 Baht (US$9.50) an hour for a small boat to 500 Baht (US$16.00) for a larger boat.
Head out deep into the lake where you’ll be surrounded by a thick carpet of blooms allowing you to take some amazing photographs. Visit on a weekday to avoid any crowds as weekends and public holidays tend to be popular for local Thai to view the flowers.
Find out more about this beautiful place in Thailand with A Life Without Borders.
Valley of Flowers field in India
Many people aren’t aware that India has its own amazing flower field which also happens to be a UNESCO Heritage Site. Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand is a paradise for Instagram and botany lovers.
Why? This is because for the three months of a year, i.e. from June to August, this valley is full of a variety of colorful flowers.
The best thing about this place is that they have an entry fee of just 150 INR which is valid for three days!
It does require a bit of trekking but it is completely worth the effort. If you want some amazing pictures at this location, make sure you wear dark colors like red, black, etc. to stand out against the green and other colors.
Also, don’t forget to take some warm jacket and pajamas as it can get really cold here.
I am sure you will be able to take a plethora of Instagrammable photographs with a good photographer friend and some lovely, colorful dresses in this colorful flower valley.
Read more about Rachita Saxena’s Valley of Flowers Trek and see the beauty that are the flowers.
Chihuly Garden and Glass museum, Seattle
Take a peek inside Seattle’s glass forest at Chihuly Garden and Glass. A colorful and amazing landscape of Dale Chihuly’s artworks.
As I stepped inside the eight galleries, I was amazed by the transparent, playful and crystal-like sculptures. A unique combination of light and color, in a way that I wouldn’t have expected.
Each with a unique blend of form, shape, and color.
Up above, I catch a glimpse of bright red, orange, yellow and amber light that hits the spectacular floating centerpiece in the Glasshouse.
It’s a massive 100-foot-long sculpture that resembles the ocean’s coral reef floating from the ceiling. One of Chihuly’s largest suspended works, a must-see during your visit to Seattle!
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Garden Wall, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
The Garden Wall is famous for the fantastic flower bloom that occurs in summer. The popular Highline hiking trail of the Glacier National Park follows the steep mountainside, taking you through a bed of glacier lily, fleabane, aster, balsamroot, Indian paintbrush, and monkeyflower.
These alpine wildflowers paint the ground like a rainbow of red, yellow, purple, white, and orange. The white Beargrass particularly stands out, a tall, fluffy flower that some Native Americans used to weave baskets.
Located in the Glacier National Park in Montana, USA, the Garden Wall is near the Logan Pass and the famous Going-to-the-Sun road that makes reach the trail easy. Another great alternative to see the wildflowers are around the Hidden Lake Trail and the Logan Pass.
Glacier National Park is open all year and requires an entrance fee of US$35 for cars to receive a 7-day permit, US$70 for an annual pass. The visitor center is open on weekends in winter, and every day from mid-May to end of September.
Winter will see heavy snow throughout the park, and summer will be warm and sunny. The best time to see the flower bloom is between late-June and mid-August. The blooming season is short, so make sure to plan your trip during this period.
Check out Ze Wandering Frogs as they explore more stunning US national parks
Tulip Festival in Washington
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the best flower festivals in Washington. Located about an hour north of Seattle, the festival runs annually during the entire month of April.
Local farmers of the valley invite everyone on a scenic driving tour of the area. The tulip fields are in the center of the valley between La Conner and Mount Vernon.
The most well-known producers of tulips in the area are RoozenGaarde, Inc. and Tulip Town. Admissions prices for Tulip Town are $7 while Roozengaarde admissions are $7/admission on weekdays and $10 on weekends.
The best thing to do at the farm is to take magical photos with the colorful tulips followed by beautiful mountains in the background. Colorful flowers mixed with the surrounding scenery make this a perfect place to take stunning Instagram pictures.
Due to its popularity, taking photos without other visitors proves to very difficult, if not impossible.
Since there are several tulip fields sprinkled throughout Skagit Valley, I recommend finding a farm that doesn’t have as large of crowds.
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Walker Canyon Superbloom California
It’s supposed to rare that California experiences a superbloom. However with all the climate change and global warming going on, California is getting more yearly rainfall than usual.
This year’s superbloom was spread across the sunny state but one of the hotspots was the poppy fields in Lake Elsinore. People flocked to see this mountain side, which is nestled just along the highway, filled with rainbows of orange, yellows, greens and purples.
The exact spot is called Walker Canyon and it actually is a usual hiking trail. That means parking is free and so is entry! There are also already pathways for you to walk on so it makes for a great visit for all ages.
Go see more about the California Superbloom as explored by the Gallivanting Bean.
Lupins in New Zealand
Every year between mid-November and mid-January Lupins flower across New Zealand’s South Island. Although technically a weed, these stunning flowers attract many visitors from all around the world. In fact, it’s a very popular time for weddings and photo shoots.
One of the best places to see the Lupins in full bloom is in Mount Cook National Park or along the shores of Lake Tekapo. As the flowers bloom in the wild it is completely free to see them – but that doesn’t make them any less amazing!
There are three main colors of Lupins in this area; they are yellow, purple, and pink. At full bloom, the shore of Lake Tekapo (already one of New Zealand’s bluest lakes) becomes as colorful as ever. You can walk along the lake’s shore looking for that perfect Instagram shot, and I guarantee it won’t be hard to find it!
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Mayfield Lavender farm in Surrey, UK
Picture yourself posing in a haze of purple lavender. Mayfield Lavender farm in Surrey is the perfect spot for a selfie amongst the sweet-smelling blooms and is easy to get to from London.
Time it for when the lavender is in bloom which is usually mid-June to mid-August depending on the weather. In a warm year the season will start earlier and finish earlier and if the weather’s cooler the lavender will bloom later so bare this in mind.
A classic red telephone box stands in the middle Mayfield Lavender farm and the splash of red looks amazing against the purple. The perfect Insta spot.
Mayfield Lavender Farm is at Croydon Lane, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3BE. It’s open daily from June to September from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. The lavender usually flowers from June to the end of August. Entry fee is £2.50 per adult, sixteen year olds and under go free.
Parking is free to visitors who have paid the entry fee although it is limited. For SatNav use postcode SM7 3JA. From London the fastest route is to take a train from London Victoria to Sutton or Cheam and then a taxi or cab to the farm.
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Bluebell Woods, UK
I live in Surrey, just south of London in the UK. The countryside around here is known for being quite wooded, and in April/May each year, many of these ancient woodlands become carpeted in beautiful bluebells.
Bluebells are a violet-blue color, are around 30-50cm tall from the ground and have a wonderfully sweet smelling fragrance.
While some Bluebells woods are privately owned so you’d need to pay an admission fee to see them (for example woods in the grounds of stately homes owned by The National Trust) others can be found within Forestry Commission land and along the verges of roads parks, so you can view them without needing to pay (for example verges at Ranmore Common outside the little town of Dorking).
If you can, pick a sunny day to visit as the bluebells look particularly spectacular with the sunlight filtering through the tree canopy above.
A warm day is also likely to make the fragrance stronger. So, if you love to see wildflowers, make sure Surrey’s bluebell woods are on your to-do list. Just be careful not to damage them when you visit!
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Lavender Fields in Provence, France
Other great flower fields that I would add to the list of the most Instagrammable flower fields around the world are the Lavender Fields in Provence, France.
Picture this: endless lines of purple flowers, turning pink in the sunset light, where you can freely walk, surrounded by the sweet smell of lavender.
The lavender blooms only once a year, so you’ll have to time your visit right; the best time to visit the lavender fields in Provence is from the end of June to the beginning of August.
The absolute best time to visit is early July: you’ll be able to see both the lavender fields and the sunflower fields!
Price: Free to visit
Tip for your visit: I recommend going to the lavender fields just before sunset. During the day, there are crowds of tourists in the field, but by the time the sun sets, there usually is only a few photographers left.
It’s going to be hot during the day, and a good way to spend the afternoon waiting for the sunset is to go to the Lac Esparron de Verdon for a swim!
Carlsbad Flower Fields – California, USA
The flower fields at Carlsbad are famous across the US, and even across the world at large. The flowers here are in bloom from the beginning of March to mid-May, and offer some of the most grand and sweeping views in all of the United States. An exquisite range of pastel colours and a scent that takes over your senses. What’s unique about these most instagrammable flower fields is the events that are organised there. Weddings are very popular, and certainly make for the most gorgeous instagram photos you could imagine! Beyond weddings, they also offer afternoon tea, live music, kids’ parties, and yoga events amongst the flowers. Can you imagine anything more peaceful than yoga in a flower garden?
5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008, United States
Keukenkof Gardens – Lisse, Netherlands
Not only is this easily one of the most instagrammable flower fields in the world, it’s also the largest! Keukenhof Gardens holds the record for being the largest flower park on the entire planet, and the breadth of photography and instagramming opportunities here is dizzying. With scenery that changes at every turn, there’s no shortage of unique and experimental photography perspectives to enjoy. Traditional Dutch windmills pepper the background; some parts of these flower fields are wide open beneath the blue sky while others are amongst dense forests and tall grass. The Keukenhof Gardens blend the natural and the curated to offer visitors something really dynamic and gorgeous, with their multicoloured tulips being the standout attraction.
Stationsweg 166A, 2161 AM Lisse, Netherlands
Confetti Flower Fields – Worcestershire, UK
Worcester, England is already known for its surrounding landscapes of iconic English rolling green hills. The whole city is surrounded on all sides by a ring of woodland and hills. And it’s here, at Wyke Manor Farm just outside Worcester, that you’ll find the famous Confetti Flower Fields. These fields are named as such because they are literal confetti! Although a lot of wedding confetti these days is made from shredded paper, traditional confetti is made from these delphiniums and cornflowers found blooming in enormous numbers. Perfectly cultivated and coordinated by colour, walking and photographing these unique English flowers is a mesmerising experience.
Wyke Manor Farm, Wick, WR10 3NZ
Sakura in Japan
One of the things that Japan is best known for is its sakura, or cherry blossoms. These are the blossoms that bloom for a short time (around one month) on the cherry trees that exist in huge numbers across Japan. They begin blossoming in the southern islands in March and spread north through April before vanishing until the next year. You can see the sakura anywhere in Japan, but many tourists actually take a road trip and follow the sakura as the bloom from the south to the north. The changing scenery and the constant ocean of cherry blossoms make for the best instagram experiences in the world. If you’d rather stay in one place, Kyoto’s gardens and parks offer a perfect backdrop of Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, turning ordinary city parks into the most instagrammable flower fields, only for a short time.
Cherry Blossoms in DC, USA
Japan is famous for its cherry blossoms, but it’s certainly not the only place they’re found. The most famous place in the US for cherry blossoms is Washington DC. Since 1912, the National Cherry Blossom Festival has been held every year in DC during late March. Three thousand cherry trees populate the city and turn its most famous landmarks – the Capitol Building, Washington Monument, and the Tidal Basin – into a cherry blossom-soaked wonderland. If you head to DC in late March, you’ll find the US capital city transformed into one of the most instagrammable flower fields in the world.
Sunflower Fields – Provence, France
Provence is perhaps best known for its lavender fields, but what’s lesser known and far more unique and spectacular are its sunflower fields, which also bloom during the springtime. Lavender fields, cherry blossoms, and tulip fields are the staple experiences when it comes to instagrammable flower fields, but here in Provence you can experience the truly magical and unique sunflower fields at La Plateau de Valensole. These uniform gigantic flowers make for the happiest, jolly, sunny photography experiences you can imagine, spreading far and wide across a flat plain, framed in the distance by mountains and beneath blue skies, with the famous lavender fields sitting right beside them. There’s nothing else like it in France.
Le Plateau de Valensole, Provence, France
Dubai Flower Garden
Despite being very much a desert country with almost zero rainfall all year round, the UAE has poured a huge amount of resources into creating natural wonders that should be impossible! One of these is the Dubai Miracle Garden. And what a miracle it is! In the dry heat of the desert we have a masterpiece of a garden; a floral wonderland of rosey archways, a reconstruction of the Burj Khalifa, and fairy tale European cottages. There’s even a massive Mickey Mouse bush! This garden has been curated perfectly from flowers to create impossible sculptures and pathways that will take your breath away. You’ll see the whole place through your camera lens because, the moment you put it down, you’ll miss something astonishing.
Al Barsha South 3 – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Lupines in Iceland
Lupines are one of the most magical, fairy tale flowers in the world, looking like a string of white and purple bells as they do. And, in Iceland, the bloom in abundance during the springtime, turning the entire country into a massive and magical flower field. Across the countryside, Iceland turns purple and white in a transformation that makes for a truly unique instagram experience.
Lupines in Sugar Hill – New Hampshire, USA
New Hampshire is already infamous for its endless peaceful wilderness and rolling green hills. In the springtime, however, it becomes truly breathtaking as the lupines blossom in Sugar Hill. So popular have they become that this sleepy New Hampshire village has transformed the arrival into a festival that you can attend and get some incredible shots of one of America’s most instagrammable flower fields.
Kuju Hana Koen – Japan
Kuju Hana Koen (literally Kuju Flower Park) is a fantastic opportunity of a place, because its beauty lasts right through spring and summer, and deep into autumn. 3 million flowers, 500 different species, across 49 acres. This most instagrammable of flower gardens is nothing less than a multicoloured ocean of floral splendour! An elegant yet wild landscape of flowers of every kind and every colour, all growing in beauty and harmony. Depending on when you visit, the flowers in bloom will vary, giving you a reason to head back over and again through the year to get a delightful variety of shots for your Instagram followers to marvel at. April has tulips, May has poppies, and June has lavender.
Japan, 〒878-0201 Oita, Taketa, 久住町 大字久住 ４０５０
Nanohana – Yokohama, Japan
Nanohana is more commonly known in English by the unflattering name of rapeseed. In Yokohama, this nanohana grows in such abundance as to justify the existence of a festival dedicated to the endless golden fields that emerge with the blossoming of this sunlight yellow flower. The dates vary slightly, but they’re always in the region of mid-late May, and the Instagram opportunities are endless!
Shirai Oomachi Wisteria Park – Japan
Located in Asago City, this magical park truly exemplifies why wisteria are considered such a mystical, fairy-tale flower. Across a breadth of 7,000 square metres can be found 500 metres of wooden trellis which support this floating ocean of mysteria plants. Walk among them as you explore the park’s twisting and winding pathways and admire its central fountain. This park is best visited and photographed at night to really capture the magic of wisteria flowers.
〒679－3423 Hyogo-Ken, Asago City, Wadayama Cho, Shirai, 1008 Ban-chi
Hitachi Seaside Park – Japan
With cycling trails, walking paths, and its own amusement park, there’s already enough of a reason to visit this park. Then we get to the flowers! Across 350 hectares of land, during the months of April and May, blue, red, and pink flowers transform the gentle hills of this park into a sea of bright colours. The blue nemophila is perhaps the most iconic and unique flower of the park, and is a flower that makes it easily one of the most instagrammable flower fields in the world!
Japan, 〒312-0012 Ibaraki, Hitachinaka, Mawatari, 大沼605-4