Tulip Festival Skagit Valley
Visit the Amazing Tulip Festival at La Connor, Washington
On this page, you will read about the annual Tulip Festival held in the Skagit Valley, WA. Enjoy the photos, video, valley map, links to local resources, and lots of hints and tips to make your visit as perfect as the tulips, irises and daffodils that blossom here in the spring.
The wonderful Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a not-to-be missed event if you can get to this area in the spring. Imagine field after field of beautiful, colorful tulips, irises and daffodils in full blossom, set against the backdrop of the wonderful Cascade Mountains.
Skagit Valley is located in the US Pacific Northwest, in Washington State. Its nestled in between the communities of La Connor, Mount Vernon and Burlington. A visit here during the annual tulip time means viewing wonderful scenery, strolling through fields of blossoms, visiting formal gardens and shopping for tulips and other gift items at the many vendors.
But the fun doesn't stop with the tulips and the gardens. Festival organizers offer a multitude of activities each year. Think parades, art displays, llama petting, kite flying, rides in horse drawn carriages, helicopter tours, concerts and much more.
If all this isn't enough to interest you, consider this. Skagit Valley is a short drive from locales such as Vancouver (in Canada), Seattle, Whidby Island, Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. Tiptoe through the tulips in the morning and romp with the orcas in the afternoon!
I'm betting you could spend a week here and still not see and do everything you wanted. I should know. I live in Vancouver, just a two hour drive. I try to visit the Skagit Tulip Festival every year.
One more thing! Bring your camera.
Tulip Festival Poll
What do you think you would like best about the festival?
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Photo -- Pinks and Oranges
Skagit Valley Shopping at Amazon
From posters to pictures to tour books, Amazon has plenty of Skagit Valley offerings
Frame this wonderful poster and it makes a superb wall hanging. I know. I have done it.
Skagit Tulip Festival Web Links - Tulips, Tulips, Tulips
Visit the links below for specific information about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Remember that the festival occurs annually throughout the month of April - but as for the tulips and other flowers, they blossom according to the dictates of Mother Nature. Most years, the blossoms and the festival coincide. Some years, they do not.
- The Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a tourist destination in Northwest Washington State. Each year more than 1 million visitors come to see over 300 acres of brightly colored tulips. This site provides information about festival events, places to sta
- Tulips.com -- Roozengaarde
Roozengaarde is one of the main tulip growers in the Mount Vernon, Skagit Valley area. They're a must see stop during any trip to the Tulip Festival. In addition to touring the field, you can also visit the beautiful, formal gardens and shop in the
- Tulip Town Skagit Valley Bulb Farm
Tulip Town with its indoor display garden and walk-in fields featuring over 60 varieties of tulips. Open during the month of April, Tulip Town features a 1/2 acre "Sky Cover" right over town square. . Be sure to pay us a visit next Spring.
- Skagit Valley Gardens - Pacific Northwest Destination Garden Center Offering New, Unique and Unusual
Established in 1982 Skagit Valley Gardens is located on 25 picturesque acres in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Nestled between the bustling city of Mount Vernon and the quiet farming community of Conway, Skagit Valley Gardens is truly a destination
- Christianson's Nursery
Christianson's Nursery specializing in Roses with over 800 varieties plus common and uncommon plants, trees and shrubs. Gift shop with garden antiques and accessories. Located in the Skagit Valley near La Conner, WA.
- Laconner Washington, Town Site
Situated on the delta near the mouth of the Skagit River, La Conner was founded in the early 1860s and is Skagit County's oldest community
Tour the Fields of Tulips
When you visit the festival, a tour of the fields is something you won't want to miss. You have several options to choose from. If you have a vehicle, you can drive around on your own. Maps are freely available everywhere. The major tulip growers provide parking in a field, so you can leave your car and explore by foot.
Traffic congestion can occur during the festival. You might prefer to take a tour of the tulip fields. One possibility is a horse drawn carriage ride through the fields.
Some years, the festival organizers offer a bus tour, plus there are any number of private operators offering fascinating alternatives including bicycle tours, helicopter tours and more.
How about catching a Clipper Ship in Seattle and visiting the festival via a combination of motor coach and water vessel?
Growing Skagit Valley Tulips
Many of us think of agriculture as growing grains or beans or raising livestock and poultry. However, commercial tulip growing is an agricultural practice too. When visiting the Skagit Valley, you will often see farm machines, such as the tractor in this picture. The tulips are cultivated by machine, but picked by hand. During the picking season, groups of agricultural workers, many of them from Mexico, work in the fields picking the blossoms.
Tulip Festival Video
This video shows beautiful images of the tulips at the Skagit County Tulip Festival.
Map of the Skagit Valley, WA
© 2010 June Campbell