The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington State (every year in April) is a fun opportunity to enjoy the season’ color of the area and gorge on hundreds of acres of tulips in bloom. The flowers are scattered throughout the Valley, often miles apart. The Tulip Festival also offers a variety of fun events and activities throughout Skagit Valley.
You grab a map and DIY, or opt for one of the guided tours that pickup and drop off in Seattle. This festival is really a driving experience — there’s no one place to stop and walk around to see it all. Although we usually drive ourselves, taking a bus tour is a nice option — no need to watch the road, fight traffic, or find parking spots.
WHAT: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.
DEAL: Tour Discount Tickets 50% Off. I’ll update the deals here as I find them each year.
WHEN: Every year in April.
WHERE: Seattle, Washington, various locations.
TOUR DESCRIPTION: This unique, eight-hour day tour gives you the chance to get up close and personal with these beautiful flowers, plus explore the nearby town of La Conner, a quaint village that mixes small-town charm and outdoor beauty. This tour, which includes admission into Tulip Town and Roozengaarde Gardens, picks up passengers at the Experience Music Project to begin a comfortable drive north to the floral wonderland.
GETTING THERE: If you’re going on your own, you’ll find the Valley 60 miles north of Seattle/60 miles south of Vancouver, BC. Directly off I-5 – using Exits 221 – 231; all of these exits have tulip brochures at the nearest business.
SAVVY TIPS: To make your visit easier and even more fun.
- If you love tulips, you need to see both RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town where over one million bulbs are planted. You can order bulbs, buy cut flowers, purchase mementos and find your favorite picture spot at both locations.
- Tulips require a five-year crop rotation, so you’ll want to get a new map each year to identify the fields.
- If you want to skip this tour and go on your own, weekdays are the least crowded. If you must go on a weekend, you can avoid the rush if you go early.
- Remember to bring your camera.