Every April since 1984, our neighbors to the north put on one of the most colorful festivals. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival attracts at least one million visitors each year and features acres and acres of brilliant tulips that bloom in every color of the rainbow.
Because there are so many farms, galleries and local gems in this area, the festival is not a one-stop destination. It’s designed as a driving tour (but you can do it on foot, by bus and bike, too) so be sure to visit as many places throughout the Skagit Valley as you can. Here are some of our favorite stops along the way!
This tulip mecca is a part of the largest bulb grower in the nation, Washington Bulb Co., Inc. And it’s understandable why — the Roozen family grew tulips in Holland since the 1700s before their patriarch immigrated to Skagit Valley. In addition to the 1,000s of acres of field blooms visitors can enjoy, RoozenGaarde also has a must-see authentic Dutch windmill! tulips.com
North Cove Coffee
This quaint family-owned café in Burlington serves up high quality cups of joe. It also has a great atmosphere — the owners intentionally made the space warm and inviting like their favorite cove on the Puget Sound. northcovecoffee.com
Tulip Town is another local family farm owned by Holland immigrants. Pick up some bulbs from Skagit Valley Bulb Farm, Inc. or tour their fields in a blue trolley. Tulip town also hosts an indoor flower and garden show, face painting and local artists’ work for sale. tuliptown.com
Deception Pass State Park
No matter what time of year you make it to Skagit County, Deception Pass is a must-see. The breathtaking views along the coast as you drive over the 177-foot bridge on State Route 20 are unbeatable. visitskagitvalley.com
Tulip Valley Vineyard & Orchard
Look no further than the Tulip Valley Vineyard & Orchard in Mount Vernon for the perfect glass of semi-dry cider with a crisp bite made from Skagit Valley apples to complete your colorful trip around the countryside. We also suggest the Red Barn Red. tulipvalley.net
Plan your trip, grab a map and more information at tulipfestival.org and on Facebook.