Frolicsome Floral Fields of the Tulip Festival!
Skagit Valley, Washington lies between Seattle to the south, Bellingham to the north, the San Juan Islands to the west, and the North Cascade National Park to the east. The towns of Mount Vernon and Burlington provide services conveniently off I-5. Sedro Woolley is the gateway to the North Cascades. The charming coastal towns of La Connor and Anacortes appeal to the artistic sensibilities.
Spring is the season when the Skagit Valley is alive with color. Starting in March, daffodils sprout though the dark rich soil. Throughout the month of March the coming of spring is celebrated in the La Conner Daffodil Festival. Blooming tulips in April bring on the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The colorful fields of tulips, irises and daffodils can be viewed by foot, bicycle, car, tour bus or seaplane. The festival’s website shows the events & happenings from street festivals to art shows. Mother Nature decides the exact dates in April that tulips bloom. Check the Tulip Festival map and Bloom Map for fields that are blooming.
Touring the tulip fields is free, but you may have to pay a few dollars to park your car. Visitors can cover more ground quickly while enjoying the fields on bike rather than walking. There are two display gardens, Roozengaarde and Tulip Town that charge $5.00 per person. Bulbs are also available for purchase. Weekends in April can by very busy, we highly recommend you visit on a weekday if possible.
While in the Skagit Valley you may be fortunate enough to see Snow Geese. Every year, from October to April, the Skagit Valley is a bird paradise, with snow geese and trumpeter and tundra swans wintering in huge numbers. About 55,000 snow geese migrate to the Skagit Valley from Siberia. We have seen huge flocks of these beautiful birds in fields adjacent to the tulip fields.
Other wildlife viewing areas are mostly south in the Fir Island area. If you are interested in more information about the birds take a look at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
At the end of a day of looking at birds and flowers, La Conner is a charming little town on the Swinomish channel to have a bite to eat. A number of restaurants are available for your culinary delight.