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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – Washington state

If you live in Washington or plan to visit, you should probably check out this beautiful flower festival in the northwest part of the state.  I subscribe to Seattle Magazine (http://www.seattlemag.com/) and just discovered that this festival occurs April 1st – 30th.

Skagit tulips
Skagit Valley Tulips. Pinterest.

The Skagit Valley is located 60  miles north of Seattle along I-5.  You can also find it 70 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Skagit Valley map

Mount Vernon, Burlington, and Conway all have Tulip Festival brochures at their information stations.  The tulips are generally grown in a 15-mile triangle bordered by Highway 20, the Skagit River, and the Swinomish  River Channel.

Skagit Valley tulip festival

The festival is designed as a driving tour because the tulips are grown miles apart.  The festival website, http://www.tulipfestival.org/, also mentions that an enjoyable way to travel to the festival is via Amtrak, which runs to Mt. Vernon.  You would then need to rent a car or pay for a taxi to get to the tulip fields.

amtrak parlour car
Amtrak “Parlour Car”.  A great way to see the scenery.  Pinterest.

This is an example of the type of lodging you might be able to find in the area:

Wild Iris Inn
Romantic Wild Iris Inn.  La Conner, Washington  98257.   Pinterest.


And here is an example of a “one-of-a-kind” breathtaking view you can experience while dining at Chuckanut Manor:

Chuckanut Manor
Outdoor patio overlooking the Samish Bay and San Juan Islands at Chuckanut Manor,  Bow, Washington  98232.  Pinterest.


I’m so glad I found this in the magazine!  The romantic lodging and dining are enough inspiration alone to draw me to Washington to see the colorful tulips.  I will be looking at the festival website for more ideas for places to stay and dine while traveling through this beautiful part of the state.



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