/ The Seattle Traveler
Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on March 22, 2010 at 12:04 pm
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April Brings Skagit Valley Tulip Festivalf

In one of the best welcomes to Spring that I’ve ever seen, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is now in it’s 27th year.  While the festival runs for the entire month of April, the actual bloom date of the flowers is in the hands of Mother Nature.

Tulip fields Although there are a wide variety of events scheduled throughout the month, the real highlight of the festival are the fields of tulips.  Field after field, row after row, vibrant rainbow colors of tulips.   The colors are gorgeous, the fields profuse, and you’ll likely see some varieties that you’ve never seen before.

There are a variety of ways to enjoy the festival.  The easiest, in my opinion, is to jump in your car and drive to the Skagit Valley, located about 60 miles north of Seattle and about 60 miles south of British Columbia.  Choose and Exit between 221 and 236, and pick up a Tulip Brochure at any convenient business.  You can also download a brochure or request one by mail.

The festival covers approximately 15 miles, with events at many locations around the county.  You can check the list of events to plan a good time to go, or use the itinerary planner to see what will be going on during the time that you’ll be there.

A variety of tour companies offer choices on how to see the festival.  These include convenient ways to see the tulips, as well as some ideas that are a little unusual, whether you are traveling alone or with a group.  You can find a full listing on the Tulip Festival website, but some of those tour options include:  motor coach tours, limo tours, bike rides, Victoria Clipper tours, helicopter tours, float planes, and master gardener guides.  There are also lots of options for extending your stay in the Skagit Valley with side trips in the area.

Location: Skagit Valley, exits 221 – 236

Dates: April 1st – 30th

Admission: Some events are free, others have admission charges.

Photo credit:  SXC

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