Bring color into your life with these must-see spots in and around Vancouver USA with the best floral views. From relaxing lilac gardens to fields of bright tulips, the spring season is evident on this lively Flower Power Tour.
Holland America Flower Gardens
For a lesser-known and less-trafficked tulip outing, visit the Holland America Flower Gardens in Woodland (just north of Vancouver on I-5). Perfect for families, the budding Instagram influencer, or the envious gardener, stroll by the show field and then take a few home from the U-Pick section for only 50 cents per stem.
1066 S. Pekin Road
Open daily dawn to dusk, March 29 to May 9 (Mother’s Day)
No admission fee |Tulips for purchase | Gift shop closed
Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens
Another Woodland wonder, the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens bloom bushes of purple and white in the spring, surrounding an 1889 Victorian Farmhouse and other historic buildings. A special Lilac Days event showcasing the flowers at full bloom takes place during the 23 days leading up to and including Mother’s Day (this year, April 17 to May 9).
115 S. Pekin Road
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. year-round
$5 gate fee ($4 during Lilac Days), 12 & under are free | Plants for purchase | Farmhouse & Gift Shop closed
While the pink petals undoubtedly catch your eye while driving through town, these trees have a special meaning to Vancouver that not many know. In 1990, 100 Shirofrugen cherry trees were planted on Clark College’s main campus—a gift from Japan and one of many exchanges between the two cultures. A symbol of friendship, the bond grew alongside the blossoms, and five years later Joyo, Japan was established as Vancouver’s sister city. The college hosts an annual Sakura Festival (this year is virtual), and the relationship is depicted in murals, namely the one on the backside of Kiggins Theatre.
Top viewing spots: Clark College (1933 Fort Vancouver Way) & Officers Row/Fort Vancouver
Peak season: April
Wildflowers in the Columbia River Gorge
The hills come alive atop the Columbia River Gorge’s heightened hikes during spring. Yellow balsam root is among the most stunning wildflowers to blanket the trails, appearing like bunches of mini sunflowers that stay low to the ground and bring joy to passersby—with mountain top and river views around every bend. If you can, venture out on weekdays to avoid crowds, and stroll prepared with water and snacks.
Top viewing hikes: Dog Mountain (permit required on weekends late-April through mid-June), Coyote Wall, Mosier Plateau, and Dalles Mountain Ranch
Peak season: April through June