The annual Skagit Valley tulip festival runs April 1-30 and is one of the favorite destination events for the Pacific Northwest. For over three decades, every spring hundreds of thousands of people from across the United States and from around the world come to enjoy the celebration of spring as millions of tulips burst into bloom in the farm fields north of Seattle.
Skagit Valley is located about 60 miles north of Seattle on Interstate 5, around the city of Marysville.
The festival is designed as a driving tour. There is no single site that you go to for your visit. The farmers in Skagit Valley raise tulips as an agricultural crop and the flower fields are spread throughout the region.
Hundreds of acres of blooming flowers are scattered on farms across the valley. Both RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town also have displays of tulips in display gardens for visitors to view and photograph.
The tulip festival is not just about tulips; there are also other spring blooms including daffodils, irises, and hyacinths.
As with all things governed by Mother Nature, the flowers bloom according to their own schedule sometime during the month. The beauty of the flowers transcends differences, bringing together cultures, ages, and diverse lifestyles to marvel at nature’s creation. Check the Bloom Map to see what is blooming during your visit.
In addition to the flowers, festival visitors can enjoy many other activities and special events that happen only during April. Check their list of events to see what is happening on the days you plan to visit.
Finally, there are also many other excursions and side trips to enjoy en route to the Tulip Festival. There are art galleries and museums, breweries and wineries, farms and nurseries, tours (on land or in the air), plenty of food options, and much more.
So pile the family into the car and head north for a relaxing drive and breathtaking views!
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