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My Trip to Tulip Town ~ Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Updated on April 16, 2014

Tulip Town is a Tulip Farm in the Skagit Valley

I was fortunate to be able to drive up to the Skagit Valley area to see the tulips bloom. It is a great place to take photos of the tulip farms, ride a trolley through the tulips, and just enjoy beautiful Washington State!

Every April, the Skagit valley area of Washington blooms with acres of tulips. There is even a tulip festival!

Here are some pictures I took and information to help you plan your trip :)

When should I visit?

The Month of April, Usually

To find out more about when the tulips are blooming, click here.

WHERE: Map of Tulip Town - In Skagit Valley, Washington State

Tulip Town is located in Skagit Valley, Washington State, USA. It is located in the town of Mount Vernon, WA, which is about 60 miles north of Seattle, and 30 miles south of Bellingham.

A markerTulip Town -
15002 Bradshaw Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273
get directions

Rows of Tulips ~ Tulip Fields

Rows of Tulips ~ Tulip Fields
Rows of Tulips ~ Tulip Fields

The Tulip Trolley

One of the reasons we chose to visit the Tulip Town is because they have a Tulip Tractor Trolley, which is a rebuilt 1947 dairy feed wagon.

It was a very bumpy ride, but it was a great way for Grandma to see the whole tulip fields, since she has trouble walking.

Photo of the Tulip Fields at Tulip Town

Photo of the Tulip Fields at Tulip Town
Photo of the Tulip Fields at Tulip Town

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Taking Tulip Pictures

If you go on a busy day, you will have lots of chances to take pictures of people as well as the tulips. People watching is lots of fun, especially when people are having such great fun with their family!

I love to take flower pictures. Try taking pictures from many different angles so that you have some unique pictures.

If you squat down close to the ground, you can get a different view.

For close up views, be sure to turn on your macro or close-up function so that your pictures will come out clear.

I like to experiment with the use of flash on close up pictures. Sometimes turning on flash at a low setting will give just enough light to make a close up picture of a tulip glow.

People Enjoying the Tulips - Kids and Grown-ups Have Fun!

People taking pictures at Tulip Town.
People taking pictures at Tulip Town.
The BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Nature Photography (BetterPhoto Series)
The BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Nature Photography (BetterPhoto Series)

This book has twenty 5-Star reviews and is on my to-read list! It looks like the perfect guide for taking pictures of flowers and much more!


Things to Remember for Your Trip

  • Bring a Good Map - There may be lots of traffic and you may need to make a detour.
  • Bring Your Camera and Extra Batteries for once-a-year picture taking opportunities!
  • Check out the weather at zipcode 98273 (rain makes for muddy fields and less fun)

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    • goldenrulecomics profile image

      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      Beautiful tulips. Would love to visit!

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      sallemange 6 years ago

      I always associate Tulips with Holland so this is something new for me. A bit of drive from the UK though for a Sunday trip to the garden centre :)

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Now, I know that you're following me! First to Cannon Beach and now to Tulip Town! Just proves that you have good taste! I love Tulip Town too. My husband actually got permission from the owners for me to photo and use some of their displays in my Tulip Town, USA lens. It's a beautiful and friendly place to spend some time. Thanks for writing this great lens.

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      rwoman 7 years ago

      I love tulips -- just be my Dutch heritage!

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      When I was young, I went to the Tulip Festival in Holland Michigan (grew up not too far from there) a few times. Tulips are so beautiful.

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      Sherry Venegas 7 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Sadly, have not traveled anywhere.

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      Health-Gal 7 years ago

      I traveled to Egypt recently and when entering this lens I thought it would be about the netherlands LOL

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Awesome -- you know, tulip town? I was thinking perhaps the Netherlands. I love tulips as they take me back to childhood in Cleveland and my grandpa's garden. Thank you.

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      CoolFoto 8 years ago

      Another great lens from you. Keep up the good work.

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      squid-janices7 9 years ago

      Great lens - I love seeing fields upon fields of tulips! Last year, my husband and I went to Holland to see the tulip fields on Keukenhof gardens (wrote a lens about it). Best display I've ever seen. I had no idea that you could visit tulip fields in the U.S. Thanks for the info!

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      Treasures By Brenda 9 years ago from Canada

      I just cannot wait for spring, either. I just created a page at The Canadian Tulip Festival and would like to invite you to submit your lens to the link plexo.


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      coopd 9 years ago

      Beautiful flowers and great information! 5* I would love having your lens in my Nature Lovers group :)

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      seedplanter 9 years ago

      Have you ever been to the tulip festival in Woodburn, Oregon? It's pretty amazing, too, with a clear view of Mt. Hood on the horizon.

      Beautiful lens. Thank you! Five *****'s and a fave!

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      How beautiful !

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Oh How Beautiful! I adore your pictures! Welcome to the flowers, flowers, and more flowers group!

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      Susan 9 years ago from Texas

      Wow! Tulips are my favorite flowers and those are some gorgeous pictures you took!