Enjoy a Springtime Tradition in Western Washington!
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Seattle in the month of April, or are one of our local readers, get yourself north! Truly breathtaking and colorful tulip fields, with reds, yellows, oranges, pinks and purples as far as the eye can see, is about 60 miles from Seattle, and is one of the largest tulip displays outside of Holland.
Skagit County is about an hour north of Seattle, straight up I-5. Many fields are visible from the freeway, so there is no way to miss it. Weekends will have cars lined up, which certainly does give one enough time to enjoy the sights as you creep along, but for a less crowded experience, try a week day.
Once off the freeway, head west, through the tulip and daffodil fields. Signs will direct you to larger displays, and to the town of LaConner, a quaint little fishing village along north Puget Sound. This makes a great place to stop for lunch and stretch your legs, if you are doing a driving tour.
While driving through the many fields is a sight for the eyes, you definitely want to pull into at least one of the fields and get pictures up close and personal. It is a photo-op that makes even the biggest klutz behind the camera an award winner. It is almost impossible to take a bad picture here!
Seattle Insider Tip: The fields are nearly always muddy. Plan your footwear accordingly.
A personal favorite of mine is to time my visit with the Mt Vernon Street Fair. First Street in Mt. Vernon is closed in honor of the Tulip Festival, and features art, food, music and more. Maps of the tulip fields and surrounding areas are available online.
Seattle Insider Tip: This is weather dependent, but I strongly recommend getting out in the fields on a bike. The area is nearly flat, and Tulip County Bike Tours have rentals or tours available during tulip season. Pack a lunch, or plan to stop at a cafe, bring plenty of fluids, and enjoy this unique Northwest experience.
Photo credit Sally Corrigan 2014
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