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Spring travel destinations: Pacific Northwest Tulip Festival

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the top destination events for the Pacific Northwest, held from April 1-30. Every spring hundreds of thousands of people come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom. The Tulip Festival is a perfect destination for either a day trip or a longer vacation.

Photographers travel from all over the world to capture spring in bloom.
Photographers travel from all over the world to capture spring in bloom.
Lindsay Godfree copyright 2014
Tulip Festival Photographers
Lindsay Godfree copyright 2014

The festival is designed as a driving tour for the visitor since there is no one “site” that you go to for your visit because the farmers in the valley raise tulips as an agricultural crop and the 100s of acres of blooming flowers are scattered throughout the Skagit Valley.

Festival visitors enjoy the many events and activities that happen only during April. You will need a map of the tulip field area to help you navigate as the fields don’t have addresses and their location changes every year due to crop rotation.

On Saturday April 12th, the official festivities start at 10am with the Tulip Frolic Parade in Gilkey Square in La Conner. The day will be filled with activities & entertainment for young and old so join in the hilarity of farm animals, clowns, bands, mascots and favorite pets.

One of the top flower sites is RoozenGaarde with a beautiful 3 ½ acre display garden that is planted with over ¼ million bulbs and features an authentic Dutch Windmill. RoozenGaarde is a division of Washington Bulb Company Inc., the largest flower bulb grower in North America with more than 1000 acres of tulip, daffodil, and iris fields located in the Skagit Valley.

Great photo opportunities are around every turn. Each year at RoozenGaarde they completely redesign and replant the display garden to provide for brand new floral sights and colorful scenes. This year’s design features unique patterns, brilliant color combinations, and the always popular flowering rivers of the deep blue grape hyacinth.

Tulip fields and activities are adjacent to Highway I-5, 60 miles north of Seattle and 70 miles south of Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
April 1-30
311 Kincaid St, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273
(360) 428-5959

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