5 Best Things to Do at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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Are you looking for a fun and inspiring way to enjoy springtime? Here in the gorgeous Skagit Valley, the Tulip Festival allows locals and visitors to experience some of Mother Nature’s most stunning blooms. From breathtaking fields of multi-colored flowers to exciting events throughout Mount Vernon, there are plenty of things to do at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival! Whether you want incredible photo opportunities or unique experiences in town, follow this guide to get inspiration for amazing activities during your trip.

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5 Best Things to Do in Skagit Valley

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Pink tulip fields

There are so many cool things to see and do in Skagit Valley. 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 annual tulip festival, make for a fun weekend getaway in the Pacific Northwest. Keep reading for 5 things not to miss!

1. Tour the Tulip Fields

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Tulip fields

Nothing signals spring quite like the vibrant, colorful blooms of tulips. At the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, located near Seattle in Washington State, you can find fields of these gorgeous flowers from April 1st through April 30th each year.

Visiting the Skagit Valley during tulip season makes for a fun outdoor getaway for all, including couples and families. The flower fields are magical and make for the perfect adventure.

2. Explore Mount Vernon Washington

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Tulip fields

After visiting the flower fields, head into Mount Vernon and explore this quaint little town. Mount Vernon is a friendly community nestled in the beautiful Skagit Valley. Here, you can enjoy dining at local restaurants, checking out the local shops, and walking the river trail. The area is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Northern Cascades.

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3. 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. You can walk around and soak in the views of the bay and the San Juan Islands.

4. Visit the Wineries, Orchards, and Treat Yourself to Wine Tasting

Washington has a huge 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.

5. 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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Touring the 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.

Where is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival?

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Colorful 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 You Bring?

We recommend bringing shoes you don’t mind getting dirty for your visit. You will be walking through farm fields and along dirt roads. Most likely, it has recently rained (it always rains in Washington), and the fields could be muddy. Bring a rain jacket or umbrella if it rains while you’re visiting. Finally, and most importantly, don’t forget a camera.

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Final Thoughts

We hope you have a lovely trip visiting these famous flower fields in Washington. Tour the farms, explore Mount Vernon, visit Padilla Bay, treat yourselves to wine tasting, local goodies, and hike or wander the local trails. Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is incredible and makes for the best outdoor weekend getaway. All of your friends will think you went to Holland for the weekend!

Ashlee & Pablo


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Ashlee Fechino

Ashlee Fechino is an outdoor recreation and travel writer and founder of The Happiness Function. 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 is passionate about 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

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