CULTUREMAP - Lush fields filled with bluebonnets make up the backdrop for every quintessential Texas portrait. For the true wildflower experience, consider making the drive to the Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail in Ennis, less than three hours from Austin.

During the month of April, Ennis, located 35 miles south of Dallas, showcases over 40 miles of mapped trails lined with bluebonnets and other Texas wildflowers.

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Before you head to Interstate 45, download the Ennis Y’all app with trail maps (yes, it’s GPS location enabled) to keep you on the right path and a directory of restaurants, shops, hotels, and attractions. Upon arriving to this charming Texas town, pick up a map of the trails from the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau, at its location on East Ennis Avenue.

Whether you want a short drive to find the perfect photo op or a leisurely drive to take in the sights, the convention and visitors bureau can recommend a trail for your desired duration. The west, south, and north trails are great jumping off points, though, if you don't know where to begin your driving trip. You can also ditch the maps entirely and use Texas Highway 34 as your home base for weaving in and out of back roads. Just be cognizant of private property, as some spots are for looking only. If all else fails, stop at Bluebonnet Park on US-287 for a fool-proof photo among the blooms. 

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