Written by Betty Nguyen
After the wettest winter L.A. has seen in years, Southern California's landscapes have transformed into beautiful floral utopias. According to NPR, the rain allowed dormant seeds to bloom after decades of surviving the harsh environment. As a result, flowers and other indigenous plants are now blooming all across California. Here are our top three Southern CA spots for the #superbloom.
ANTELOPE VALLEY POPPY RESERVE
The main attraction is always the poppy, California's state flower. The best place to see them in full bloom is Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve. Poppies filled the entire state park every spring, and we were able to experience this towards the end of March. The California Parks Department protects the area and allows it to exist in its fully natural state, which creates a wonderfully picturesque experience.
A bit further southeast than the Antelope Valley sits Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The park hosts a wide variety of flowers, most of which are currently in super bloom mode. Anza-Borrego is the largest state park in California so there are far more possible locations to see the super bloom. Check out the park's updates on its site with blooming locations and traffic information.
POINT MUGU STATE PARK
If you don't have a full day to commit to driving hours away for the super bloom, head up to Malibu and visit Point Mugu. While it's not as expansive and diverse as the other state parks, its proximity to L.A. (and hello, the beach!) means you can get your super bloom fix much more easily.
For more super bloom inspo, visit my Insta gallery.