Skagit Vallet Tulip Festival, Washington

While out in Washington State last weekend, we went up to Skagit Valley to see if some of their famous bulb fields were blooming.  At peak season, the valley floor can be covered in acres of tulips, daffodils, irises, and other flowering bulbs – a floral patchwork quilt!  My timing was a little too early this year, and we were only fortunate enough to walk through fields of daffodils – yellow and white.

The annual Tulip Festival is held every April in Mt. Vernon, Washington about an hour north of Seattle.  The two main growers are RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town.  We ended up exploring RoozenGaarde ($5 entrance fee) because more of their fields were in bloom and they had a garden filled with many varieties of flowering bulbs that were in bloom as well (they must have been forced, though, since all the tulip fields were still budding).

The weather could not have been better.  We had to wait a little bit for the fog to lift, but after it did, we had beautiful blue skies and a partial view of Mount Baker in the landscape shots.

If you go, don’t forget to take the quintessential “Where’s Waldo?” shot!


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