If you're in the mood for a wildflower-viewing road trip, now's the time to head to Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, which has some of the most abundant varieties in the region.
As the valley blooms, we have a list of spots you shouldn't miss along the way. First off, Skyline Drive: You'll find the most diverse amount of wildflowers at the lower elevations, along streams such as South River, Hughes River, Rose River and Mill Prong.
To get up close and personal, you'll want to attend a spring ranger program, which offer a tour of a mountain meadow full of photo-ready sights -- maybe even some wildlife. Choose from hikes ranging from 20 minutes to two miles. Download the complete schedule here (PDF).
If you'd like to crash in the park overnight, choose from several lodging options or one of four campgrounds.
Skyline Drive sways through the Blue Ridge Mountains for 105 miles around Shenandoah National Park, and joins the Blue Ridge Parkway, where it connects Shenandoah to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.
The Shenandoah Valley is located about two hours from downtown D.C.