Tulip Festival Washington Great Romantic Trip

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!

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Washington State

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Plan a Romantic Trip Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Washington

Fields of red tulips

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.

Tour Magnificent Tulip Festival Fields

Old VW bus cruising through the fields

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.

Explore Mount Vernon Washington

Trail along the river in Mount Vernon

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.

Visit Padilla Bay

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.

Visit Wineries, Orchards, and Treat Yourself to Wine Tasting

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.

Go Hiking Near Mount Vernon After the Tulip Festival

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.

Best Time of Year to Visit the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Washington

White tulip fields

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.

Where Exactly is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival?

Purple tulip fields

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.

What Should I Bring to the Tulip Festival in Washington?

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!

Women’s Rain Jacket

Men’s Rain Jacket

Have a Great Trip to the Tulip Festival in Washington

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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Ashlee Fechino

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!


  1. Cristina Sala | 22nd Jan 21

    Ashlee querida quede impactada con EL FESTIVAL DE TULIPANES en Washington
    Realmente un paraiso. Lo que es admirable los campos de tulipanes, el colorido de los mismos, parece estar en Holanda. Te felicito por el excelente relato y fotos.

    • Ashlee Fechino | 27th Jan 21

      ¡Hola Cristina! Gracias por leer y comentar. Sí, parece Holanda. Mucha gente nos pregunta eso cuando ven fotos de viajes.

      Hi Cristina! Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, it does look like Holland. So many people ask us that when they see travel photos.

  2. Burt Randall | 25th Jan 21

    Thanks for sharing your “good time in Washington !!” I would like to visit sometime.

    • Ashlee Fechino | 27th Jan 21

      Hi Uncle Burt – thanks for reading and commenting! Yes, you would love the tulip fields!

  3. Sarah Arnstein | 27th Jan 21

    This looks amazing! I will actually be living in Washington this summer, but I may have to take a short trip in Spring to see these tulips!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 27th Jan 21

      Hi Sarah – Living in Washington this summer will be so fun. You will love the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

  4. Amy Aed | 27th Jan 21

    Oh my goodness this looks like such a wonderful experience! I have never been anywhere like this before but it looks absolutely beautiful – one day, after Covid!!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 27th Jan 21

      Hi Amy – yes, it will be a great trip post COVID! Thanks for reading.

  5. Kate | 27th Jan 21

    Wow, so cool! I thought I would have to travel back to the netherlands to amazing tulips like these! But Washington is so much closer! Definitely adding this to my list 🙂

    • Ashlee Fechino | 28th Jan 21

      Hi Kate – Washington is a beautiful place to see fields of tulips!

  6. molly | 27th Jan 21

    There was a tulip festival near my home town in Michigan. It was amazing! Now that I am in Oregon, maybe I will drive up and check it out. I also would like to fit in a hike while I’m there!

    • Ashlee Fechino | 28th Jan 21

      Hi Molly – Oregon is so close! Hopefully you can make it to the Skagit Valley in Washington to see the tulip fields.

  7. Ildiko | 28th Jan 21

    That looks spectacular. I was recently in Washington State in Sept 2020. But a return visit in April would be amazing to see these Tulips. How gorgeous. Love the fields of colors and combining the trip with hiking around Mt Vernon would be a real delight. Thanks for the great info.

    • Ashlee Fechino | 1st Feb 21

      Hi Ildiko! Thanks for commenting. Visiting the Skagit Valley tulip fields in April is incredible. Hope you can make it back someday.

  8. Juli | 28th Jan 21

    Looks like Holland with all of the colorful tulips! What a fun adventure. And WA state does have fun wineries and great hiking. Perfect place for a holiday.

    • Ashlee Fechino | 1st Feb 21

      Hi Juli! So nice to see a comment from you! 🙂 Yes, the tulip fields and wineries are spectacular. Thanks for dropping by! XO

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