Check Out the Spring Flowers with RelayRides

May flowers are here, and with Memorial Day around the corner, blogger Nicholas Pell has tips for checking out the spring blooms near you

Spring is springing and flowers are in bloom. This makes it an ideal time to rent a car from the RelayRides marketplace and get yourself out of the city. Driving around to see spring blooms is like going to look at the leaves in fall. The bright colors and majestic beauty are an experience that money can’t buy–but you’re going to need a car and RelayRides is one of the most affordable options available. Best of all, the money goes to people in your community like you. We picked four flower locations we think you’ll love.

Sure, it’s a scorched desert in the summer, but Death Valley is briefly home to amazing spring blooms

Marblehead, MA

Distance from Boston: About 17 miles

Marblehead is one of the more visually appealing places on the North Shore outside of Boston. There are a number of parks, beaches and harbors for you to check out while you’re there. Two of Marblehead’s parks have wildflowers that will be blooming this time of year. First, there’s Steer Swamp Conservation Area, a 43-acre plot of land with vistas, meadows and ponds. Birders will love being able to get a look at the fauna as well as the flora. Wyman Woods, out by Gatchell’s Playground, is the perfect place to take a hike and see what’s in bloom.

How to Get There: Williams Court Wonder is a Ford Escape Hybrid 4WD. Pack all the stuff you need in the back while saving on gas and emissions. Folding chairs come with the cost of rental.

Death Valley National Park, Inyo, CA

Distance from Los Angeles: 290 miles

Believe it or not, there’s lots of life in Death Valley. However, while the park is known for its beautiful displays of spring wildflowers, this is the exception rather than the rule. In April and May you can find blooming wildflowers between 3,000 and 5,000 feet elevations in the higher up valleys and canyons. Desert dandelion, brittlebush and indigo blush are just a few of the flowers you can expect to see if the weather is right. Just remember to plan your trip with mileage in mind.

How to Get There: Reed’s Ride is a Honda Civic hybrid with powerful air conditioning, tinted windows and plenty of legroom–three things you’ll be grateful for on the long, hot drive out to Death Valley.

Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley, CA

Distance from San Francisco: 22 miles

Mount Tamalpais lies just outside of San Francisco in Marin County. Without a lot of travel you can instantly be around gorgeous wild life, including blooming wildflowers. The Matt Davis Trail and the Steep Ravine Trail are two favorites of regular hikers who visit the park. It’s not just wildflowers you’ll be seeing, either; The park is home to a number of redwoods. Some of the trees might be 2,000 years old.

How to Get There: If you want to make it an intimate trip, go with the smart fortwo, the most fuel-efficient non-hybrid car commercially available in the United States. It might look small, but it has plenty of legroom.

Minnewaska State Park, Oglesby, IL

Distance from Chicago: 85 miles

Starved Rock, just outside of Chicago, is home to over 200 different varieties of wildflowers. Bring a book along and see how many you can identify. The climate and weather on Starved Rock varies from one year to another, meaning that the flowers you see one year won’t necessarily be the flowers you see the next year.

How to Get There: Pearl the Prius keeps your gas mileage down and offers an input for your MP3 player. Best of all, owner Melissa M. is a RelayRides true believer.