Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Mt Vernon, Washington
Many locations in the fields between Mt Vernon and La Conner
Every April the farm fields of the Skagit River Valley west of Mt. Vernon, Washington are filled with the blooms of millions of daffodils and tulips, drawing lots of visitors with cameras in hand. Tulip Town and RoozenGarde create special display gardens for visitors who want to learn more about the tulips, purchase cut flowers and order bulbs for their own gardens.
The festival lasts through the month of April. Because the bulbs respond to natural conditions rather than the calendar, the peak blooming period can vary from one year to the next, but with all the variety of flowers there is usually something in bloom.
Field of Tulips and Barn (Z05A0002)
The Tulip Town tulip display gardens are the most colorful and extensive in the area. They plant a number of varieties and colors, so there is plenty to see.
Field of Tulips and Mountain (Z12A0002)
Tulip Town rotates the fields it plants the tulips in to ensure a healthy crop from one season to the next. For the visitor, this also means the background scenery also changes from one year to the next.
Tulips, Tulips, Tulips (Z12A0001)
The mass tulip plantings let you get pictures with lots of colors, but you can also fill a photo with just one type and color of tulip.
Skagit Valley Tulip Close-Up (Z05A0001)
This tulip was definitely ready for its close-up.
More about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
There are a number of activities associated with the festival throughout the month of April, and the local towns are worth exploring, too. Because it is April in the Pacific Northwest, field conditions can be wet and muddy, so be prepared for that.
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Around Town, La Conner, Washington
- Waterfront Sights, Anacortes, Washington
- Deception Pass State Park, Oak Harbor, Washington