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{USA} Visit Skagit Valley in Spring and Experience the Tulip Festival

Spring in Skagit Valley (~2 hours north of Seattle, near Mt. Vernon) usually brings to mind the celebration of the splendor of tulips planted across hundreds of acres at the annual Tulip Festival!

Every year, millions of people from all over the world visit the Tulip Festival. We decided to join in the fun this year and visited towards the end of the festival. They usually run the entire month of April. Something about the rows and rows of colorful flowers just makes the 2-hour drive worth it!

Enough talk, we’ll let the pictures tell the story...

Rows and rows of colorful tulips – a flower lover and photographer’s paradise!


Various styles and colors of tulips – some we’ve never ever seen before

You can spend hours photographing these beauties!

Beautiful tulips surround you at the field!

Be prepared to bring your panorama capable cameras or wide angle lenses to capture the beautiful scenery!

Pink & yellow tulips

Pink & yellow tulips!

rows of tulips

Depending on when you go, there may be a crowd and taking pictures of the field without other people in it may be a challenge. We stayed till later in the evening when there were less people in order to take pictures of the field with less crowd.

Pinkish-purplish tulips

Pinkish-purplish tulips!

There’s an indoor area where you get to see more tulips. You can also purchase and order tulips there.

There are so many varieties of tulips displayed indoors for you to choose from (and order/purchase).

Night Life – one of my favorite dark colored tulips

The tulip festival is family friendly. You will see many families with kids at the festival. Also, make sure you check the weather and wear appropriate clothing as it could get a little chilly if there’s no sun.



  1. Visit Skagit Valley (~2.5 hours north of Seattle) during the month of April for a chance to experience the Tulip Festival.
  2. You will need a car or the services of a cab to get to the festival as there are no scheduled tours or public transportation that takes you to the fields. You could take the Amtrak to get to Mount Vernon but then you’ll still need access to a car to get to the festival area.
  3. Check the weather before you go to make sure you’re dressed appropriately. Either way, it could get rather muddy around the fields, so wear appropriate shoes for walking.
  4. It could get rather chilly, so be sure to dress warmly if weather forecast is not sunny.
  5. This event is family friendly. You’ll see many families with kids at the festival.
  6. The grounds could be rather muddy and some parts are covered with gravel, so it might be a bit tough for strollers to move around.
  7. There are two different display gardens – Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde. The photos above were all taken at Tulip Town. See the map for the location of the two different areas.
  8. There are free parking spots adjacent to Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde. There are also official parking lots right at these fields which will cost $5 per car. The ticket will also admit one person to RoozenGaarde on the same day.

Have you visited the Tulip Festival before?

What are your favorite festivals?



  1. Franca August 3, 2013 Reply

    Oh My! Tulips is one of my favorite flowers, being at this festival would be like being in paradise (if such a thing exists 🙂 ). Amazing photos and colors too, thanks for sharing! 🙂
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  2. Kent
    July 11, 2013 Reply

    Gorgeous! We still have not been – can you believe it?
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      Jeremy & Shirlene
      July 14, 2013 Reply

      !!! Tell me you’ve been to the Space Needle 🙂
      You should definitely find time to drop by the Tulip Festival next year!

  3. Suzy
    June 30, 2013 Reply

    Wow! Gorgeous photos!
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  4. christopher June 23, 2013 Reply

    I went to the Hamburg Garden Show last month during tulip time. Tulip overkill. Lovely pictures!
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