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When you think about tulips, the place you probably associate them with is The Netherlands, but did you know you could view fields and fields of the colorful flowers right in Washington State? Skagit Valley, located a little over an hour north of Seattle, is arguably the next best place for enjoying this dazzling display.
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The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Thousands head to this slice of the Pacific Northwest every year during the month of April to see the rainbow of colors that blanket the other picturesque landscape during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Something made even more stunning with a backdrop of the dramatic Cascade Mountains, including towering Mount Baker.
It All Begins With the Daffodils
It all begins with the daffodils popping up in the pretty riverfront town of La Conner, lined with historic buildings that have been converted into gift shops, top-notch eateries and art galleries.
Before long, around nearly every corner you’ll see tulips bursting into bloom in just about every hue of the rainbow, including some varieties that boast petals in multiple colors in just one bloom.
There are many great spots for selfies, but one of the best of the best is at Tulip Town with the faded barn door framing the colorful fields. This is also a great place to duck into when it starts to rain, with indoor display gardens here. You’ll discover more fabulous photo-ops in the fields and on the trolley rides.
A Photographer's Dream...and, a Whole Lot More
But there’s a lot more to do than snap pictures. While much of the event is designed as a walking or driving tour, by picking up information at the festival office in Mount Vernon, you can find out which specific happenings are taking place during the time you plan to visit.
Just a few of the activities include farm, boat and helicopter tours, art shows showcasing local and international artists, concerts, wine tastings, and markets with lots of fabulously fresh foods, including seafood and locally-grown fruits and vegetables.
Escaping the Crowds
When you want to get away from the crowds, Deception Pass State Park is just a few minutes west, at the western end of the valley. One of Washington’s most popular attractions, it hosts a breathtaking saltwater shoreline with dramatic cliffs plunging down to meet the incredible emerald-colored sea.
Address: 311 W Kincaid St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Phone Number: (360) 428-5959