The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is attracts visitors from all 50
States as well as Washington State and British Columbia. The Tulip
fields typically bloom between April 1st and May 1st while the also
impressive daffodil fields bloom a few weeks earlier.
One of the most popular stops along the Tulip Festival route is
the Roozengaard Tulip Farm owned by the Roozen family. Their tulip
garden is not to be missed you will also want to bring plenty of
extra film/memory sticks/batteries for your cameras. You can even
try out your photography skills by entering the Tulip Photo Contest.
(Tulip photos courtesy of RoozenGaarde (Tulips.com)
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La Conner Washington
No visit to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is
complete without a visit to the quaint waterfront town of La Conner
with it's iconic red rainbow bridge. La Conner is located to the
northwest of the growing fields making it a great place to explore
and have lunch after visiting the tulips. Take a walk along the new
waterfront boardwalk or stroll the downtown shops and art galleries.
Rainbow Bridge spans the Swinomish Channel and connects La Conner
with Fidalgo Island. The 580 ft span was built in 1957 and has
become the symbol of La Conner and the subject of countless
La Conner is also a major Yachting Center with a
marina operated by the Port Of Skagit. This unique ferry system was
founded in 1948 and then was purchased by the state government in
Accommodations Near The Tulip Fields
If you're looking for accommodations while
visiting the Skagit Tulip Festival, La Conner Wa has a number of Bed
And Breakfasts and Inns to choose from and there are RV parks nearby
including the Swinomish Casino offering 35 full service sites on the
shores of Padilla Bay.
SWINOMISH CASINO LODGE & RV PARK 12885 Casino DriveAnacortes, WA 98221 (885) 794-6563
DIRECTIONS- La Conner is located 67 miles north of
Seattle and 57 miles south of the US/Canadian Peace Arch Border
Tulip Festival Events
The Skagit Valley Tulip festival has a collection of
events centered around the annual Tulip field
blooms. Activities scattered around Skagit Valley
include of course a visit to the tulip fields and
blooming gardens as well as the Tulip Pedal (bike)
Tulip Run (Hoofing on foot) along with street fairs,
parade, and art exhibits.
visiting the festival you may also want to visit
nearby Anacortes Washington and attend activities
and events going on while the Tulip fields are
blooming. Mid April (10-12 2015) is Boat Show time
at the Anacortes Cap Sante Boat Haven Marina with
new and brokered boats on display.
Anacortes Wine Festival on April 11, 2015 features
over 30 wineries at the Old Port of Anacortes
Warehouse located at 100 Commercial Ave. in downtown
Anacortes. Not only can you taste wines produced
around Washington State you can also try food from
WHEN TO VISIT
The Tulip Festival events are scheduled throughout April but the
tulip bulbs bloom on their own schedule. For Tulips to bloom
properly they need to go through a chilling process so depending on
the severity of the winter weather the tulip fields may bloom
earlier or later than usual.
TULIP BLOOM SCHEDULE - The Tulip Fields Typically Bloom From April1st
- 30th However They Can Sometimes Bloom In March.
Be sure to check out online Interactive Bloom Maps Before Driving
Out To The Tulip Fields.
Mount Vernon & Burlington Washington
The small twin cities of Mount Vernon and
Burlington Wa are the gateway cities of the Tulip Fields and the
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. With a population of 33,000 Mount
Vernon is large enough to have all the usual national chain stores
and warehouse stores of a larger city while still enjoying a country
agricultural feel. Burlington Wa with a population of 8,500, located
just across the Skagit River from Mount Vernon is ideally located
with a large variety of accommodations for those who prefer large
name hotels and inns during their stay.
Burlington is also located at the crossroads of
the Highway 5 corridor and Highway 20 making it a regional shopping
destination for Northwest Washington and San Juan Island residents.
Visit the Cascades Mall for a traditional indoor shopping experience
or shop for bargains at the Burlington Outlet Mall.
Bellingham has a lot to offer visitors
and is located only 30 miles north of the Tulip Fields.
Bellingham has a large selection of Hotels, Inns, and other
accommodations to choose from and is a regional shopping
destination for Northwest Washington and British Columbia.
Bellingham is perhaps best known as the
southern terminus of the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry System
linking Alaska with the Mainland United States. Visit
Bellingham's Historic red brick Fairhaven district or
explore one of Bellingham's many museums like the SPARK
museum of Electrical Invention featuring a Tesla Coil that
shoots out lightening bolts.
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