Wildflowers are usually small, but show off their intricate design and color when you look at them up close.
PLAY The Hulls Gulch Interpretive Trail starts at a parking lot on upper Eighth Street and wends through stands of blue wild hyacinths (above). (208) 514-3756.
STAY Hip, modern Hotel 43 lies within easy walking distance of one of Boise's best parks. From $110.* (208) 342-4622, www.hotel43.com.
EAT Bungalow boasts patio dining, happy hour deals, and Boise's favorite pulled pork sandwich ($9). (208) 331-9855, www.boisebungalow.com.
FORT BRAGG, CALIF.
PLAY The Laguna Point trail in MacKerricher State Park treats you to views of seaside daisies and harbor seals frolicking in the waves below. (707) 937-5804.
STAY Springtime brings bursts of color to the Surf Motel and Gardens, whose grounds are landscaped with native plants. From $70. (800) 339-5361.
EAT At Chapter & Moon, try the signature Trilogy Salad ($11) of mint-flecked hummus, jicama slaw, and greens with Gorgonzola. (707) 962-1643.
HOOD RIVER, ORE.
PLAY Five miles south of town at Panorama Point County Park, lupines, balsamroot, and gold stars begin blooming in March. (800) 366-3530.
STAY The Hood River Hotel (above) gracefully melds historical details, modern amenities, and river views. From $90. (800) 386-1859.
EAT Dine on the patio amid tulips at the Sixth Street Bistro, where a salmon burger goes for $10. (541) 386-5737.
*Ask about the AAA discount.
Photography by Mark Turner
This article was first published in March 2008. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.