Have you heard of the Tulip Festival in Washington state? The Skagit Valley in northwest Washington is home to incredibly bright and romantic displays of tulips.
Every spring, the area hosts an annual tulip festival. There are acres and acres of farms growing tulips near Mount Vernon, Washington. These grand floral displays against the Northern Cascade Mountains will take your breath away and make you believe you have been transported to somewhere magical in Europe. This annual spring event is something you cannot miss! Add visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Washington to your spring bucket list. Keep reading for ideas to plan a romantic, fun outdoor weekend for two!
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Plan to spend at least a day in the Skagit Valley and Mount Vernon area. Take time to tour the tulip fields, explore Mount Vernon, hike, walk around, visit Padilla Bay, and maybe even check out the local wineries! These activities, paired with visiting the tulip festival, truly make for a romantic and fun weekend getaway in the Pacific Northwest.
After seeing the photos, are you just antsy to visit these gorgeous flower fields in Washington? Visiting the Skagit Valley during tulip season is a delightful outdoor getaway for all, especially couples.
The flower fields are magical and darling, making for a perfect half-day of walking meditation. These tulip fields in Washington also create memorable photo opportunities. Bask in these colorful flower fields!
Couples will find a visit to the flower fields exciting, dreamy, and romantic. Pair a romantic weekend getaway visiting the flower fields with exploring Mount Vernon and the surrounding area.
After visiting all the flower fields, head into Mount Vernon and explore this quaint little town. Dine at a local restaurant. Check out the local shops. Walk the river trail. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Northern Cascades.
Be sure to drive out to the Bay. It is about 20 minutes from downtown Mount Vernon to Bay View State Park. Walk around and enjoy views of Padilla Bay and the incredible San Juan Islands.
Washington has a reasonably large agriculture scene. On top of tulips in the area, there are grape vineyards, wineries, and fruit orchards. Check out some of the local wineries during your getaway to Skagit Valley.
Below is a list of the best wineries and vineyards close to Mount Vernon.
Mount Vernon and the surrounding area are absolutely gorgeous. Find some places to explore and hike close by, such as Little Mountain Park and the Riverbend Loop Trail. If you are up for getting further out of town, find some hiking in the Northern Cascades.
We like to use the AllTrails app to locate hikes when we travel.
The best time of year to visit the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is in April.
The flowers bloom depending on mother nature, so you’ll have to keep a lookout on the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival website for when they anticipate the fields blooming in April.
The town of Mount Vernon, Washington, hosts the festival annually. The festival consists of tulip farms in the surrounding area.
Check out the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival annual brochure for all fields participating in field visits and walkthroughs.
For your visit to the tulip festival, we definitely recommend bringing shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. You will be walking through farm fields. Most likely, it has recently rained (it always rains in Washington), and the fields could potentially be muddy.
Also, we recommend bringing a rain jacket or umbrella just in case. Most importantly, don’t forget a camera!
We hope you have a lovely trip visiting these famous flower fields in Washington. Tour the areas, explore the quaint town of Mount Vernon, visit Padilla Bay, treat yourselves to wine tasting, local goodies, and hike or wander the local trails. Visiting this tulip festival in Washington is absolutely dreamy and makes for a fun and romantic outdoor weekend getaway!
COVID – be sure to check the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival website for updates before you plan a trip!
You’ll love the tulip festival in Washington. There is so much to see and do in the surrounding area as well.
All of your friends will think you went to Holland or Europe for the weekend.
Ashlee & Pablo
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I’m a travel and outdoor recreation writer with dreams to inspire happiness through an outdoorsy lifestyle. I want to help people live their best life by sharing free adventure guides. The USA has been my backyard most of my life, and it’s the place where you’ll find most of our escapades! I’m married to an expat Argentine, chihuahua Mom, and am passionate about the environment. I hold a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability. We camp in our Aliner often, love road trips, hiking, and SUP’ing!