10 of the Most Beautiful Sunflower Fields Around the Country

There's something magical about these sunny summer blooms. Visit the closest sunflower field to you!

You've probably seen vast fields of cheery yellow sunflowers gracing your Instagram feeds before, especially given that there are currently almost 7 million tags for #sunflower. And why not? Sunflower fields are a prime spot for an outdoor photo op. Whether planted as a crop or a roadside attraction, sunflowers are a popular summer backdrop for photo shoots and extravagant proposals alike because of their impressive stature and eye-catching golden petals. Luckily, there are sunflower fields stretching as far as the eye can see across every region in the U.S., and many of them are must-see destinations. Here are a few of the most spectacular ones to visit.

sunflower field in Knoxville, Tn.
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1. Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area in Knoxville, Tennessee

If you're headed to (or live in) the Eastern Tennessee area, you'll have to stop by the sunflower fields in Knoxville. The 70-acre field is the site of a sunflower festival in the middle of July, making it a good spot to see the golden blooms—especially during odd-numbered years. Due to crop rotation, the full 70 acres of flowers are only planted every other year, but even during even-numbered years, the smaller fields are a spectacular sight.

Field of yellow sunflowers with orange centers
Courtesy of Copal House Farm

2. Coppal House Farm’s Sunflower Fields in Lee, New Hampshire

The annual sunflower festival at Coppal House Farm has attracted many out-of-state tourists over the years and for good reason. From a selection of kid-friendly activities like face painting and wagon rides to a day dedicated to those with limited mobility, the festival offers something for everyone. The farm even offers a special "Sunrise in the Sunflowers" day when ticket holders are allowed access to the fields at 5:30 a.m. for the "golden hour" when the early morning sun provides stunning soft lighting for unforgettable photos.

Man in blue shirt and black baseball cap standing in a sunflower field
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3. McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville, Maryland

This 30-acre lot of sunflowers was planted with local wildlife in mind rather than a tourist destination, but it's still a great spot to stop and breathe in the beauty. Visitors are welcome to park for free and take photographs in the fields; there's just no flower picking allowed. The lot is cared for by the state and is part of Mckee-Beshers WMA program which works to conserve and enhance wildlife populations and their respective habitats. You can check the website for the growing status of the sunflowers and a map of the fields.

Close up of yellow sunflowers with brown centers with barn and silo in background
Courtesy of Babbette's Seeds of Hope

4. Babbette’s Seeds of Hope Sunflower Maze in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

You can quite literally get lost in a field of sunflowers at this farm in Wisconsin. The sunflower maze is a popular and cheery alternative to the corn maze. Babbette's Seeds of Hope will be open for sunflower viewing in mid-August (they recommend following their Facebook page for exact dates). In honor of the farmer's wife Babbette, who died in 2014, the farm raises money and donates proceeds to hospitals and cancer research. You can also help contribute to the cause by making a donation to support their research and the needs of patients going through treatments.

Field of yellow sunflowers with orange centers in front of three farm buildings
Courtesy of Buttonwood Farm

5. Buttonwood Farm in Griswold, Connecticut

The sunflowers at Buttonwood Farm have a purpose that extends far past the viewing pleasure of the 13-acre stretch of yellow. Before starting the "Sunflowers for Wishes" fundraiser (scheduled each year in July), the expired blooms were used to feed the cows. Now, the farm sells thousands of bouquets to visitors each year and donates 100% of the proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Connecticut. Over the past 13 growing seasons, the farm has donated more than one million dollars to the nonprofit organization. Because of Buttonwood Farm, the city of Griswold is considered the sunflower capital of Connecticut.

Man and woman walking through field of sunflowers
Courtesy of Dennis Nett

6. Sunflower Maze at the Inn Between Restaurant in Camillus, New York

Wine and dine at the Inn Between Restaurant in upstate New York, then step outside to walk it all off in the sunflower fields. With 75-acres of sunflowers sitting next to the establishment, this is no small patch of grass that the restaurant owners planted. At the end of the season, the restaurant harvests the sunflowers for seeds and oil. Visitors and customers can enjoy a trip through the sunflower maze while the flowers are blooming.

Close up of yellow sunflower with orange center, blue sky in background
Courtesy of Colby Farmstand

7. Colby Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts

With a family focus and a buy-local initiative at its core, Colby Farm is a wholesome stop to add to your sunflower field bucket list. And while the sunflowers may be your main draw to the land, there's lots more to see of the farm's 350 acres filled with hay and 20 acres of vegetables. Many of those vegetables end up in the Colby Farmstand where you can find locally sourced produce, meat, and an array of bakery treats.

Wood arch with yellow sign that reads "entrance" hanging from top bar, leads to entrance into a sunflower maze
Courtesy of Explore Georgia

8. Fausett Farms Sunflowers in Dawsonville, Georgia

Open since 1858, this Georgia farm has plenty of family-owned charm and tradition to go around. After 60 years of poultry farming ended in 2011, the 13 acres of sunflowers are a more recent addition, but no less striking. On top of the main attraction, the farm offers mule-drawn wagon rides, BBQ sandwiches, local honey, and more. And for a $10 fee, you can bring your own horse and spend the day riding on the horse trails.

Field of sunflowers with cloudy sky and tree-line silhouette in background
Courtesy of Grinter Farms

9. Grinter Farms in Lawrence, Kansas

It's only fitting that the sunflower state holds a spot on this list. The 40-acre sunflower field at Grinter Farms in Lawrence, Kansas, does the title justice. The family who owns the farm keeps an open-door policy. Thousands of people swarm to the field during the bloom season for photo sessions and flower-picking. Admission is completely free, aside from the on-your-honor donation for each bloom you pick. According to The Kansas City Star, Ted Grinter, farm operator, originally planned to use the sunflowers for birdseed, not a bustling tourist attraction, but he says, "it puts smiles on people's faces."

Close up of sunflower bloom with orange center
Courtesy of North Dakota Tourism

10. North Dakota

The best sunflower field in North Dakota doesn't have just one address, because they're everywhere. As one of the top producers of sunflowers in the nation, The Peace Garden State gives Kansas a run for its money. However, locating the perfect field of yellow can be a little trickier here. In order to manage and maintain soil health and fertility, farmers rotate their crops, which means the sunflower fields often change locations. To track one down, give the North Dakota Tourism Division a call (they're used to it). Just looking is typically free, but be sure to get permission from the landowners if you plan to enter the fields to take photos or explore.

So grab your camera and head to the fields to capture the sunflowers at their peak bloom. Whether you choose to take a destination tour or make a quick stop along the road, now is the best time to visit the abundant sunflower fields across the country. Proceeds from your visit may even support local charities and wildlife preservation.

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