Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

I am taking a break from Japan posts
blue school bus

Because the sun is out, and it’s seventy degrees Fahrenheit outside!!!

red tulip in the field

If you know us Seattleleites, you’ll know that we are sun-deprived throughout the winter and as soon as the sun comes out, we drop whatever we do and head out.

red tulip in the field

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is held every spring (April 1st to 30th) in Mt. Vernon, Washington, sixty miles north of Seattle.

red gold

You don’t need to go to Holland to see the field of rainbow colors

rainbow of colors

There are two main display gardens at the festival: Tulip Town and RozzenGaarde. Each requires a $5-$6 entrance fee, parking included.

red tulip in the field

red tulip in the field

We prefer the fields than the display gardens

red tulip in the field

During weekends in April, traffic usually backs up all the way from north bound I-5

red tulip in the field

To avoid the crowd and the traffic, try visiting on a weekday

red tulip in the field

But on a sunny day, you get stuck in traffic no matter what…

red tulip in the field

One trick is to get off the freeway further north at Exit 230, and take route 20…

red tulip in the field

If you want to use GPS, wait till you get to route 20 to plug in the address

red tulip in the field

We didn’t encounter any traffic on route 20 on a sunny Thursday. But on weekends, all bets are off.

red tulip in the field

Parking is on the lawn and make sure you have cash with you

red gold

Don’t forget to wear sunscreen

red gold

And stay on the main path

red tulip in the field

The farmers are trying to make a living

red tulip in the field

There will be tulip pickers working in the fields

red tulip in the field

red tulip in the field

And it’s all labor work

red tulip in the field

On a sunny day, the colors will be vibrant

red tulip in the field

whichever way you take it

red tulip in the field

red tulip in the field

If you don’t mind the crowd, it is worth the drive!

red tulip in the field

red tulip in the field

 

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Office
Address: 311 W Kincaid St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Phone:(360) 428-5959
Website: http://www.tulipfestival.org/

Tulip Town
Address: 15002 Bradshaw Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Phone:(360) 424-8152
Website: http://tuliptown.com/

Roozengaarde
Address: 15867 Beaver Marsh Rd, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Phone:(360) 424-8531
Website: http://www.tulips.com/

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7 thoughts on “Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

  1. Gorgeous photos! I haven’t been to La Conner/Mt Vernon for years. I was going to drive through on my way to Seattle this week, but my plans fell through and now I’m on a ‘staycation’. i’ll have to try to see the tulips next year. Ciao, Cristina

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