Plan a Romantic Trip to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Have you heard of the Tulip Festival in Washington state? The Skagit Valley in northwest Washington is home to incredibly bright and beautiful 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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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, Washington State

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How to Plan a Romantic Trip to Skagit Valley

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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

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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 adventure. 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

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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.

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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 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

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

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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 is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival?

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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

Final Thoughts

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.

Enjoy!

Ashlee & Pablo


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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation writer and founder of The Happiness Function based in Oklahoma. Her goal is to help inspire people to build a life they love by sharing how simple and fun it is to travel locally, connect with nature, and explore off-the-beaten-path. You don't have to spend a lot of money or use a ton of vacation time to explore close to home. Ashlee holds a BS degree in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability and has a passion for the outdoors. She is married to an expat Argentine, Pablo! They camp in their Aliner often and love road trips and hiking.

16 Comments

  1. Cristina Sala on January 22, 2021 at 7:09 am

    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 on January 27, 2021 at 10:36 am

      ¡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 on January 25, 2021 at 1:52 pm

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



    • Ashlee Fechino on January 27, 2021 at 10:34 am

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



  3. Sarah Arnstein on January 27, 2021 at 11:32 am

    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 on January 27, 2021 at 12:40 pm

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



  4. Amy Aed on January 27, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    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 on January 27, 2021 at 1:45 pm

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



  5. Kate on January 27, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    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 on January 28, 2021 at 5:54 am

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



  6. molly on January 27, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    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 on January 28, 2021 at 5:55 am

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



  7. Ildiko on January 28, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    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 on February 1, 2021 at 8:02 am

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



  8. Juli on January 28, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    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 on February 1, 2021 at 8:03 am

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