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8 Best Sunflower Fields in California (Inc. locations)

Sunflower fields Northern California

I love sunflowers! Who doesn’t? The bright yellow flowers signal the arrival of summer and are a dream to visit. And if you are on Instagram, sunflower photos are one of the top posts on everyone’s explore page during summer. I had been chasing sunflower fields in California (and other places) for the last 3-4 years. Unfortunately, I missed them each year due to various reasons. This year, I was determined to find them and I finally did! On my quest to find the best sunflower fields near SF Bay Area and in California, I had discovered a few tips and tricks along the way that are extremely helpful. To make your quest for sunflower fields easy and breezy, I have listed the exact locations, best times to visit the sunflower fields and a few tips that will help you.

Where to find the best sunflower fields in California?

Car in sunflower fields, woodland CA

Yolo County in Northern California is the best place to see sunflowers in summer. The towns of Davis, Dixon, Woodland and Winters in Yolo county are full of sunflowers glowing in the summer sun. If you have ever driven to Lake Tahoe (from San Francisco or Bay Area) in the summer, you must have noticed rows and rows of gorgeous sunflower fields lined along the freeway. Most of them are less than 2hrs drive from SF Bay Area and about an hour from the wine country. If you are planning to visit from Southern California, plan for a weekend trip and stay in Davis or Sacramento overnight. I have also listed a few farms in Southern California if you don’t care to drive all the way to Dixon, Davis or Woodland.

Best time to see sunflowers in California

Yolo County sunflower fields, California

It depends each year but mid-June to mid-July is the best time to see the yellow flowers in full bloom in California. Some fields bloom early, while others a little late so I recommend visiting early July. We went in the first week of July and the timing was perfect. August is too late as the flowers slowly wilt away and die. Some farms that I have listed below bloom in fall.

Missed the summer sunflower season?

Gorgeous sunflower fields Yolo County

Did you miss the peak summer sunflower season? Do not despair! Some farms open in the fall season to coincide with the pumpkin and corn harvest. Andreotti Farm in Half Moon Bay has late blooms around September. Swank farms in Hollister is also open in the fall and there are two farms (listed below) in Southern California that bloom in the fall.

Tips to visit Sunflower fields in California and SF Bay

Best time of the day

Yolo County California sunflower fields

GOLDEN HOUR! The famed golden hour is the magical time of the day just after the sunrise and right before the sunset when the sky is orange and sunlight is soft and golden. Golden hour is the best time to capture the beauty of sunflowers as they turn golden in the light. I prefer early morning to avoid crowds.

Clothing

Car in between sunflower fields, California

Some fields have mud and water around the farm so wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. 

Old boots would be ideal. 

Summer dresses or light colored clothing complement the sunflowers really well. Avoid long dresses for the reason above. 

Respect nature

Respect the fields and the nature around them. Remember that people rely on these fields for their livelihood. Do not pick the flowers or trample. Do not trespass if there is such a sign. You will always find other sunflower fields that are open.

Call Ahead

If you are unsure about visiting a particular farm, call ahead. Many farms give you their exact location and allow photography if you call them ahead of time.

Bees

Be aware of bees! Bees are everywhere in the fields and on the flowers. Be cautious.

Best Sunflower fields in California

Muller Joe & Sons Ranch, Woodland

Woodland California sunflower fields, woman in a car

Muller Ranch, Woodland, California

Woman in sunflower field

This is one of the most beautiful field of sunflowers in Woodland and a great spot for photography. Unlike a few other places mentioned below, this one is off the freeway and is not very crowded. When we went for sunrise, we were the only ones there. 

This is one of my favorite and best sunflower fields near SF Bay Area because the owners are extremely friendly. If you DM them on Instagram or give a call, they give you the address and allow you to take photographs.

Know before you go

Location: 15810 Co Rd 95, Woodland, CA 95695

Phone: (530) 662-0105

Peak season: mid-June to mid-July

NOTE: Send a DM to Californiafarmsandranches on their Instagram page and they will text you the exact location as well.

Cloverleaf and Collins farm, Davis 

Dixon Sunflower fields

This gorgeous field is along I-80 freeway and is hard to miss on your drive. That is how we stumbled upon it. We frantically took the exit and drove back to see the sunflowers in their morning glory. As you can imagine, it is quite popular among Northern Californians but is big enough for several people to take photos at one time. The field was filled with water and this is one field where those old boots will be extremely helpful! 

If you love flower fields and are in the area, you might want to check out beautiful lavender farms at Araceli Farms.

Know before you go

Location: 9055, Olmo Ln, Davis, CA

Co-ordinates: 38.5079063,-121.7869537

Peak season: mid-June to mid-July

Currey Road Sunflower fields

Sunflower fields in Northern California

 

This was the first sunflower field we had visited in California a few years ago. The only bummer – we went in August and the flowers were almost dead! This time around (thanks to my well timed planning ;)), they were in full bloom! This is another field that is very popular and can get crowded so plan accordingly.

NOTE: This is a private field so be extra cautious and do not trespass. Just admire the beauty of the flowers from the road. 

TIP: Drive farther along Currey Rd for more secluded and beautiful sunflower fields.

Know before you go

Location: 8747, Currey Rd, Dixon

Co-ordinates: 38.4928281,-121.8243917

Peak season: mid-June to mid-July

Winters, California

Sunflower fields in Yolo County

I do not have a particular location for sunflower fields in these two towns. Just drive around and you will find plenty. You will have no problem finding some along CA-89 in Winters. 

Know before you go

Peak season: mid-June to mid-July

Andreotti Family Farms, Half Moon Bay

If you have missed the peak summer blooms, do not worry! You do not need to wait until next summer to see the flowers. Andreotti Farms in Half Moon Bay open up their sunflower field in the fall for visitors. They also have an option to pick your own (Upick) flowers!

Know before you go

Website: https://www.andreottifamilyfarms.com

Peak season: Fall (October – November)

Swank Farms, Hollister

Swank Farms in Hollister is another farm close to the Bay Area that is also open during fall season. Along with sunflowers, there is also a pumpkin patch for visitors!

Know before you go

Website: https://www.swankfarms.com

Peak season: Fall (October)

Sunflowers in California

Pumpkin Station, Escondido

Seems like in the fall, sunflowers and pumpkins blend so well together. Pumpkin Station in Escondido is for Southern California sunflower enthusiasts who do not want to drive all the way to NorCal. Have a day filled with fun exploring corn mazes, Upick sunflowers and pumpkin patches!

Know before you go

Yelp reviews: https://www.yelp.com/biz/pumpkin-station-escondido

Peak season: Fall (October)

Tanaka Farms, Irvine

This is another SoCal favorite with many activities. It is not clear from their website on when their peak sunflower season is so best call them and inquire. This farm looks like a fun visit with many activities in summer and fall like U-pick strawberries, pumpkin patch, CSA offerings and of course, sunflowers!

Know before you go

Check out their Facebook page for regular updates on the status of sunflowers.

Sunflower fields are one of the most beautiful sights you will see in California and are a must visit in California. If you missed the summer bloom, check out the farms that bloom around fall time. Hope you get to visit one of these farms and have fun!

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Best sunflower fields in SF Bay Area and Northern California

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35 Comments

  1. Emily on August 1, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    I just visited my first sunflower field today here in Georgia! I think I’m hooked 🙂 Gorgeous photos – I’ll be going at sunset next time. Never knew there were so many sunflower fields to choose from in California!

    • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:10 am

      Right? They are so beautiful and such a dream to visit!!

  2. Vanessa Shields on August 1, 2020 at 10:03 pm

    All these sunflowers are gorgeous and those colors! Timing the peak bloom can be a challenge but worth it if you time it right! I look forward to heading up to Northern CA to see these!

    • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:10 am

      Timing is everything and I realized that after a few years of misses. 😀 Good luck and enjoy!

    • Linn on August 2, 2020 at 6:35 am

      I love this guide! Probably because I love sunflowers so much;) And it’s so cool that you can visit some farms in fall for the pumpkins too. I’d love to do that!

  3. Jessica on August 1, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Wow these photos are unreal! So beautiful and inspirational!

    • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:09 am

      Thank you so much Jessica! 🙂

  4. Shay on August 1, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    These are some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen! I had no idea there were so many great places to find sunflowers in California! Thanks for sharing.

    • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:09 am

      Aww thank you so much for your sweet comment! I’m so glad you liked them!

  5. Lauren on August 1, 2020 at 10:52 pm

    Omg I love this post!! Sunflowers are my fave flowers and your photos are stunning 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:09 am

      Thank you so much! Glad you liked them! 🙂

  6. Farrah on August 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    Is it sad that I’ve never been to any of these fields!? :'( I missed sunflower season for the summer but will definitely have to check out the fall ones! <3 Your photos are gorgeous!

    • Anwesha on August 2, 2020 at 12:37 am

      I love visiting flower fields. I have been to sunflower fielda only once so far and that to it was by chance. Would love to visit them again.

      • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:06 am

        They are so much fun to visit in the summer during full bloom! 🙂

    • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:08 am

      Thank you so much Farrah! Hope you get to visit one. 🙂

  7. Jessica on August 2, 2020 at 12:10 am

    Such beautiful photos! I definitely need to check these out!!! Can’t resist a good sunflower field!

    • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:08 am

      Yes!! You will love them. 🙂

  8. Stefanie on August 2, 2020 at 12:27 am

    Lovely pictures! Crazy that the bloom of sunflowers in California is so much ahead of time compared to Oregon. Our fileds should be in full bloom in the next two weeks. Your article definitely motivated me to find some sunflower fields in Oregon, too.

    • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:08 am

      Oh that’s cool! You have time to visit. Here, it is probably a little late now.

  9. Taylor on August 2, 2020 at 12:32 am

    Oh how beautiful Aswani! I love sunflowers. I actually saw a lot of fields in Northern California during my recent road trip from Sacramento to Lassen National Park. Your photos are breathtaking! 🙂

    • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:07 am

      So cool Taylor! Yes, this is the time they bloom in Sacramento area and a dream to visit! Thank you so much!

  10. Patti on August 2, 2020 at 12:36 am

    This is so beautiful! I’m in SoCal and I’ve been looking for some place like this. I will definitely check out the Escondido location. So pretty! Love your photos!

    • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:07 am

      Thank you Patti! Hope you get to see them in the fall!

  11. Emma on August 2, 2020 at 12:56 am

    Gorgeous, I might have to see if there are any near me in Canada, otherwise this is definitely going on the list for a future year

    • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:06 am

      Oh you might find some! Good luck and thank you! 🙂

  12. AllyTravels on August 2, 2020 at 2:17 am

    These photos are stunning! I had never associated sunflowers with California until now (I always think of Provence). Adding this to my California bucket list ASAP!

    • Aswani on August 2, 2020 at 2:31 am

      Thank you! Yes, so many sunflower fields in California. I guess it is sort of like the Mediterranean climate of Provence. 🙂

  13. Olivia on August 2, 2020 at 3:32 am

    Your photos are absolutely stunning! Who knew there were so many beautiful sunflower fields in California! Now you definitely have me wanting to plan a trip ASAP.

  14. Rhonda Albom on August 2, 2020 at 6:57 am

    I lived in CA for 15 years and had no idea any of this was here. In fact, when I visited Spain, years later, I was so excited when I saw a big field of sunflowers. I love this post, thanks.

  15. Shany on August 2, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Love this guide! I hope I’ll get to visit one of the California sunflowers fields soon.

  16. Poppy on August 2, 2020 at 10:53 am

    this is so cute! its never too late for sunflower fields! i want to go to one next week here in london

  17. Melissa on August 5, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Honestly sun flowers are my favorite flowers ever. They make me so happy and I just love how they always look at the sun. I love exploring sun flower fields (if I can find one!), take pictures and admire them. Will definitely go on a littel sun-flower-road-trip if I visit California in the future. 🙂

    • Aswani on September 12, 2020 at 10:16 am

      They are the best, right? They are so bright and beautiful, hope you get to visit soon! 🙂

  18. Christopher on September 12, 2020 at 6:39 am

    I’m proposing to my girlfriend at Andreotti Farms tomorrow! If anyone reading this is ever interested in setting up a surprise proposal for their S/O I highly recommend using this family farm. They are amazing people 🙂 Thank you, Aswani, for the recommendations! Because of your website and one other I was able to stumble across a hidden gem (no pun intended).

    • Aswani on September 12, 2020 at 10:15 am

      Thank you so much Christopher for leaving the comment. You made my day and so glad my post helped you finalize the location! Wishing the best to you both! 🙂 🙂

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