Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Spring has definitely sprung! The tulips were in full bloom during my visit to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. This festival happens every year during the month of April and is located between the towns of Mount Vernon and La Connor. (About an hour drive north of Seattle.) Each year hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the world to visit this area.
With that being said, if you would like to visit during the Tulip Festival, the best time of the week is Monday – Friday. The weekends are crazy busy with thousands of people either driving, biking, or being bussed in to see the annual event.
There are two growers who put on the festival; Tulip Town-Skagit Valley Bulb Farm and RoozenGaarde Flowers and Bulbs. They are located pretty close in proximity and each charge $5 to enter during the festival. I arrived as soon as they opened and left a few hours after to avoid the crowds.
There are lots of fields that are accessible alone the way. Some even have parking lots to help visitors get off the road. I spent most of my time in the RoozenGaarde fields where they plant nearly 1,000 acres of tulip, daffodil, and iris bulbs.
All images were taken courtesy of RoozenGaarde Flowers and Bulbs (Tulips.com). You can click on each image to see a larger view.