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Friday, May 06, 2016

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival was officially inaugurated in 1984 by the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce.The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the best Tulip festival in the Pacific Northwest. Every year it held from April 1-30. Tulips are scattered all across the Skagit Valley. Mainly you can enjoy exploring Tulips in RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town. These are two big farms and you can see millions of Tulips with a number of different colors. 

How to get there

By flight

There are three feasible airports near Mount Vernon are Seatac, Vancouver, BC and Bellingham airports. Once you arrive there you can either take a shuttle or rent a car to get there. Airporter Shuttle provides 11 convenient trips a day, to and from Sea-Tac Airport and also operates out of Bellingham.

By Train

Amtrak service is available from Seattle,WA and Vancouver,BC to Mount Vernon. The Journey by train will obviously scenic as Washington state is covered with mountains and valley. You can book your rental in advance and ask them to pick you up from the Amtrak station. You can also get a local bus to roam around.  

By Car

Skagit Valley is around 60 miles from Seattle and 70 miles from Vancouver. You can take I-5 North from Seattle and I-5 South from Vancouver, which is great to reach Skagit Valley. Due to Tulip Festival you might get some traffic on your way.

Tip to Explore

  • I would suggest you to plan your visit in 2nd and 3rd week of April, as major Tulip blooms in mid week.
  • If you are visiting with kids than bring stroller you can use the stroller to roam around the farm.
  • If you are with younger kids than keep water and snacks with you as if you plan to take a whole round of the farm then you will need it.
  • Check weather predictions before you plan so that you can get your spring gears accordingly.
  • As you are visiting the farm there will be dirt, no concrete floors, so choose your shoes wisely.

It was an amazing trip overall. This was my first time, I have never been to any Tulip Garden before, but seen in so many movies. Actually, my husband planned this trip and I was like OK lets go. I didn't imagine that it has such a huge display.

You will find so many people around Tulip farms. We went to Tulip Town. They provide free parking. Tickets range from $5 to $10, it depends when you are visiting. They also have a small display indoor with the history of Tulip flowers and festivals.

They have a big windmill in display and in a farm as well. They also set up a booth for face painting, souvenir shop and food stall. You can also buy a kite from there and enjoy kite flying.

Except viewing Tulips there are other things to spend time with like Trolley Tour, Kite flying and picnic. My husband bought me a bouquet of Tulips. I was so surprised by seeing variety of colors. You can never imagine this much variety with any other flower. Even we had seen Tulips which has two shades in single Tulip flower

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