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Visit Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Washington

Are you obsessed with beautiful valley landscape filled with millions of colorful tulips and flowers? You don’t want to miss this Festival of Tulips.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, near to Seattle is perfect destination for one obsessed with fields of colorful tulips and flowers. It is one of the largest Tulip Festival in North America and most popular Instagram hot spot. I am big time fan of flowers and tulips.

I kept watching on Tulip Bloom schedule from few months for planning my trip to Skagit Valley. This is my third visit in row followed from last 2 years. And I hope to continue this. The tulip fields in Holland are on my bucket list but I never miss the chance of enjoying whats local to me and that is Skagit Valley Tulip Fields .

Tulip Bloom Festival in Skagit Valley is at travel time of 90 minutes in North of Seattle adjacent to I-5, 60 miles north of Seattle and 70 miles south of Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Skagit Valley in Mount Vernon has the largest tulip fields in North America where Millions of Tulips bloom in variety of colors and mixed color and has more than 150 flower varieties grown for display.Tulip blooms are harbinger of Spring.  Skagit Valley has great climatic condition perfect for Tulips to grow with adequate Sun light and cool climate.

Hybrid Tulips at Skagit Valley Fields.

Skagit County is famous for Tulip Festival, Wine/Beer Festival, Spur Festival, Bellingham Sea Feast Festival and many more. Among other festivals The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of biggest festival in Washington state, awaited events in Pacific Northwest starting from month of April, lasting for a month time, also depending on climatic conditions. 

What to expect in Tulip Festival?

The Tulip fields are located centrally between La Connor and Mount Vernon with special other events scattered miles apart.  The festival is spread across the valley with largest flower bulb growers like Washington Bulb Co, Roozengaarde and Tulip Town.  There are many sites to view Tulips and Tulip fields are scattered through the Valley.  Because of crop rotation,every year the Display garden and Tulip fields are completely redesign and planned to provide unique pattern, splendid floral sights and magnificent colorful scenes. So, if you visited last time some years back, it will be totally different this year.   

Tulip Festival is well designed to accommodate various Special events and small-town fun packed activities – Arts, crafts fair, wine tasting, food vendors, live entertainment show, children activities that are accessible by bicycle or driving.  Among other events, Mount Vernon Street Fair in Downtown Mount Vernon is one of the significant events full of fun for families and all age group people.  Many small towns and farmhouses in the valley sell goods, fresh produce and flowers along the roads.

Alpacas grazing in corner of Tulip Fields at RoozenGaarade

It is a small farm town with two lanes road so traffic can go crazy at peak times.  There is small change in Admission/ Entrance fee compare to last year 2018.  For 2019, It’s $10 on weekend, $7 weekday. Children 5 years and under are free.

Purple, Pink, Red, Orange Yellow and Hybrid Tulips

When to visit Tulip Festival?

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a perfect destination for either a day trip or a longer stay in Puget Sound Region.  The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival starts from April 1st to April 30th with some fields opening from March 30 and can last till first week of May.  The exact bloom dates are always according to Mother Nature.  There’s no set date for flowers bloom as it depends on weather in late winter/early spring.  The bloom status is updated on their website, so travelers can make plans to visit both the Daffodil fields and famous Tulips fields.  Daffodil fields can be visited in month of March.

Pink Tulip rows in Skagit Valley Fields

Important Tips to keep in mind if you planning to visit Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Wandering in Tulip Fields
Orange Tulips soaked in rain water after Rain
Colorful Tulips in field with School bus in background
Tulip plant pollinated on a tree in Display garden
Inside Beauty of Bloomed Tulip
Big and small Windmill at Display Garden

By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.                          Rabindranath Tagore .

Lilies were smelly awesome while passing through
View of Daffodil fields

Famous Fields at Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.   H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

To all dedicated hard-working farmers and staff behind creating these magical gardens at RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town.

Other Places to Visit in Mount Vernon

Plan your adventure to Tulip Fields.

By Car.  It’s easy to reach the Skagit Valley in Mount Vernon.  Driving from Seattle or Bellevue its takes 1 hour and 10 minutes to reach there traveling the distance of 60-66 miles.  The Tulip festival caters many other special events and attractions that are miles apart and scattered throughout Lower Skagit Valley.  It is like a driving tour.

By Train – You can book your tickets and travel by Amtrak service and reach to Mount Vernon and this can be a very enjoyable journey to the festival. On arrival, one needs to rent a car from train station to Tulip fields.  There are no shuttles or tours from the train station.

By Bicycle. Many travelers enjoy traveling the tulip route on bicycle. Most of the Events, attractions and Tulip fields, display gardens are easily accessible by bikes and cycles.   There are facilities that offer rental bikes.

By Helicopter.   To get a bird’s eye view of magical colorful Tulips and Daffodil fields. 

By Guided Tours.   Travelers coming from different places can opt for Guided tours.  There are many guided tours starting from Seattle, Bellevue, Tacoma and Renton. You need to meet at a specified point and board the tour bus.   Some Tour Operators provide hotel pickup.  Relax and enjoy you travel and the stops include lunch at   La Conner and Tulip field stops.

Whether it rain or shine, Tulip fields are always pleasure to eyes and heart.  Tulip Bulb Catalog is available for free at RoozenGaarde.   You can choose your favorite tulips and buy for your home, garden or for your friends.

Stay and Accommodations

If you want to stay near Skagit Valley during the Tulip Bloom Festival, then there are many options of Hotels, Resorts and Bed & Break Fast.

Don’t worry if you cannot afford a flight to Netherlands for Tulips bloom, you can surely visit Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Enjoy the Skagit Valley Tulip festival and have fun and capture beautiful moments in Tulip fields.! If you have any questions, please post in the comments below.

Tulips are bloomed for the season. I visited Skagit Valley Tulip Fields in April 2019.

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Tulips Field in Skagit Valley 2019
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