The sunflowers at McKee-Beshers are approaching full bloom this week, so make the short trip and let them cheer you up. Unlike our fickle cherry blossoms, these flowers are locked into a mid-July schedule. This year the yellow flowers are opening wide just in time for the weekend.

McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area is near Poolesville, Md., which is a 30-minute drive from the District. Each year, the staff here plant hundreds (thousands?) of sunflowers to attract game birds. They aren’t quite in full bloom yet, but these photos from our readers suggest they’re just days away.

The park is  part of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources. Deer, wild turkey and more than 200 species of birds have been known to wander the land there.

There are various roadside parking options, but if you’d rather not drive, the wildlife area is alongside the Potomac River and the C&O Canal towpath, which means it’s a straight shot for bikers from the District.

When you’re done enjoying the sunniest flowers of the season, there are a couple places nearby to cool off with a glass of wine and a bite to eat, including Rocklands Farm, which the Going Out Guide included on its list of “things to do before summer ends” in 2016.