50 States Series: Top Spring Gardens & Conservation Areas Worth Traveling For

With brighter, lighter days on the horizon, we’re keeping a close eye on the calendar in anticipation of spring. Whether you’re looking forward to planting and gardening or dreading end-of-winter yard work, you don’t need a green thumb to appreciate the vibrant blooms cropping up across the country.

We’re making it easy to embrace the scenery with a list of great gardens and nature attractions in every state. Selected by the travel experts at FlipKey, these venues are the perfect spots to see buds and blossoms come alive. Whether you’re planning spring break or just have a case of spring fever, consider visiting one of the recommended gardens or conservation areas on our list!

Alaska Wildlife and Conservation Center

Alabama (Theodore): Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Alaska (Portage): Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Arizona (Phoenix): Desert Botanical Garden

Arkansas (Hot Springs): Garvan Woodland Gardens

California (Goleta): Fairview Gardens Center for Urban Agriculture

Colorado (Vail): Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

Connecticut (Morris): White Flower Farm

Delaware (Winterthur): Winterthur Garden

Florida (Sarasota): Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Georgia (Athens): State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Lyon Arboretum

Hawaii (Honolulu): Lyon Arboretum

Idaho (Boise): Idaho Botanical Garden

Illinois (Lisle): The Morton Arboretum

Indiana (Indianapolis): Artsgarden

Iowa (Dallas Center): The Brenton Arboretum

Kansas (Wichita): Great Plains Nature Center

Kentucky (Lexington): University of Kentucky Arboretum

Louisiana (St. Francisville): Afton Villa Gardens

Maine (Boothbay): Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Maryland (Cambridge): Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Massachusetts (Boylston): Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Michigan (Grand Rapids): Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Minnesota (Minneapolis): Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Mississippi (Jackson): Mynelle Gardens

Missouri (St. Louis): Forest Park

Montana (West Yellowstone): Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

Nebraska (Wood River): Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center

Nevada (Las Vegas): Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

New Hampshire (North Hampton): Fuller Gardens

New Jersey (Short Hills): Greenwood Gardens

New York Botanical Garden

New Mexico (Las Cruces): Fabian Garcia Botanical Gardens

New York (Bronx): New York Botanical Garden

North Carolina (Chapel Hill): North Carolina Botanical Garden

North Dakota (Dunseith): International Peace Garden

Ohio (Kirkland): The Holden Arboretum

Oklahoma (Tulsa): Tulsa Botanic Garden

Oregon (Portland): Portland Japanese Garden

Pennsylvania (Kennett Square): Longwood Gardens

Rhode Island (Bristol): Blithewold Mansion, Garden, & Arboretum

South Carolina (Charleston): Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

San Antonio Botanical Garden

South Dakota (Brookings): McCrory Gardens

Tennessee (Memphis): Memphis Botanic Garden

Texas (San Antonio): San Antonio Botanical Gardens

Utah (Spanish Fork): Nebo Loop Scenic Byway

Vermont (Middlebury): Middlebury College Organic Farm

Virginia (Newport News): The Mariners’ Museum Park

Washington (Seattle): UW Botanic Gardens

West Virginia (Morgantown): WVU Core Arboretum

Wisconsin (Madison): University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

Wyoming (Cheyenne): Cheyenne Botanic Gardens