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Tips for visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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Thousands of people come to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival every April to celebrate the bloom of millions of orange, red, pink, white, yellow and purple tulips. Here are some tips to make the most of your tulip-viewing experience:

Wear layers
The weather in Washington is fickle and the temperature can rise or plummet in a matter of minutes. Wearing layers and bringing rain protection will ensure your tulip experience is an enjoyable one.

Be prepared to get dirty
You’ll be walking through dirt roads and farm fields so you’re guaranteed to get dusty and dirty. Wear water-proof shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty

Visit during the weekday
The festival draws crowds from all over the U.S. and abroad and traffic jams are a common occurrence. If you want to avoid the crowds, try visiting during a weekday. If you can only visit during a weekend, plan on arriving before 9 am or after 3 pm.

Plan for parking
Shoulder parking is very limited and if you don’t obey the no-parking signs, you’re likely to end up with a ticket. You’ll find amble parking at most of the farm fields.

Travel time
The approximate driving time is 60 minutes from Seattle, depending on traffic. The tulip fields are typically grown in a 15-mile triangle, making this a good driving tour.

Check the bloom status
Before you go, check the bloom status on the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival’s site. Once the tulips bloom, they’ll typically remain for about 2 weeks.

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival runs April 1 through 30 with activities in La Conner, Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley, Burlington, Anacortes and Edison. A listing of events is available at www.tulipfestival.org. Along with strolling the fields of tulips, visitors can also enjoy street fairs, art shows, concerts and more.

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