Top-Rated Camping Near the Best 2021 Flower Festivals in the US

Springtime is officially here, and with it comes longer days, warmer weather, and the promise of new camping trips. If you’re anything like me, you probably just imagined setting up camp in a meadow surrounded by mountains and wildflowers. Nothing says spring quite like flowers, right?

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Dispersed camping on Washington Gulch Road during the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival

Luckily you don’t have to trek deep into the backcountry to experience this year’s best blooms (unless you want to). Instead, head to one of these seven flower festivals in the U.S. with excellent camping nearby. From a pastel sea of cherry blossoms in our nation’s capital to rainbow rows of tulips in Washington and Michigan – there is a flower show out there for everyone.

The recommended campsites below were selected based on their amenities, distance to the festival (less than 30 minutes), and positive reviews by the Campendium community. Get ready for great camping and a floral feast for the eyes this spring!

Cherry Blossom Festival

1. National Cherry Blossom Festival

First on the list of the best flower festivals in the US is the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. The flower festival will run from March 20th to April 11th. According to the festival’s FAQ page, the peak bloom date varies year to year but is estimated to be April 4th. Cherry blossoms can be viewed at the Washington Monument, the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, and East Potomac Park. You can also participate in this year’s festival virtually, but if you’re planning to travel to D.C. to see this magnificent sight for yourself, consider staying at Cherry Hill Park, which offers various camping options from tent to RV to cabin accommodations just 30-minutes away from downtown D.C.

2. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Next up on our list of the best flower festivals – and on the other side of the U.S. – is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington State. This year’s festival will occur from April 1st to April 30th, but the projected dates of peak bloom are April 5 – 19th. The festival recommends checking their website for updates concerning the tulip’s bloom date and COVID-19 safety protocols. Attendees will be able to view the tulips at either Tulip Town or RoozenGaarde; in addition to some 350 acres of tulips you’ll see peppered throughout the Skagit Valley. Camping near this flower festival is easy and beautiful.

  • Burlington-Anacortes KOA is only 20 minutes away from the festival. You can expect all of the usual KOA amenities at this campground – full hookups, 50 amp electric, a pool, free WiFi, etc. – plus stunning views.
  • Mount Vernon RV Park is a convenient campground less than 10-minutes from the festival with 85 RV campsites and great amenities.
A travel trailer next to a field of bluebonnet flowers
McKinney Falls State Park when the bluebonnets are blooming.

3. Bluebonnet Festival

If sprawling pastures of indigo wildflowers sound ideal, then the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, Texas, is for you! Each April, Burnet Texas turns into a wildflower oasis as native bluebonnet’s blanket the region from its rolling hills to the side of the road. This year’s mostly-free festival is from April 9th to April 11th. Visit the website for further information on events that may require you to purchase tickets or register. The Bluebonnet Festival takes place in Texas’s Highland Lake region, which means incredible lakeside camping nearby.

  • Inks Lake State Park offers a variety of camping options less than 20 minutes away from the festival. Campsites range from RV-friendly sites with hookups to primitive hike-in sites for tent camping.
  • Galloway & Hammond City Park is the perfect campsite for anyone who would like the option of walking to the festival. The park has excellent amenities, and there are laundry facilities onsite.

A bee pollinating a poppy

4. California Poppy Festival

Good news – you don’t have to travel to the land of Oz to experience sprawling poppy fields! Instead, head to Lancaster, CA, at the end of April for the annual California Poppy Festival. It’s unclear if the festival is happening this year due to the pandemic, but you will likely still be able to see these stunning wildflowers if camping in the region this spring. Not to mention that nearby campsites offer beautiful desert views:

5. Tulip Time Festival

If you love tulips, but Washington state is far from your home, the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Michigan, could be the festival for you. The Tulip Time Festival was created to celebrate the town’s Dutch heritage and will tentatively run from May 1 – 9th this year, pending COVID-19 developments. Festival-goers will be dazzled by the beautiful tulips spread throughout the town’s local parks and streets.

  • Oak Grove Resort Campground is the opposite of primitive camping. Accommodations range from premium full hookup sites to 1 to 2 room cabins. The only thing they don’t accommodate is tent camping.
  • Holland State Park’s Beach Campground is a waterfront campground for trailers and RV that is big-rig friendly and has easy water access.
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Wildflowers blooming at Buttermilk Road Dispersed Camping in Bishop, CA

6. Rochester Lilac Festival

Like the California Poppy Festival, the Rochester Lilac Festival is still awaiting final word on whether festivities will happen this year. The 10-day, free festival usually takes place in May, but official dates have yet to be announced. The city of Rochester borders Lake Ontario, which means excellent camping and adventure options nearby.

closeup of a rose

7. Portland Rose Festival

Last but not least is the Portland Rose Festival, which dates back to 1907 when city leaders started the festival to attract summer tourists. The festival’s 2021 theme is “Hope Reigns” and will run from May 28th through June 13th. With Mt. Hood and the stunning Oregon Coast less than 2 hours away, this is a great festival for those looking to stack extra adventures onto your trip. There are several campgrounds nearby that provide easy access to this flower show.

  • Fairview RV Park is located 17 minutes outside of Portland near the Columbia River and provides all of the usual and sought-after RV Park amenities.
  • Jantzen Beach RV Resort is located 15 minutes from the city center on Hayden Island.

Did we miss your favorite flower festival? Drop it in the comments below!