When I first moved to Seattle, I had two weeks to settle in before I started working. Settling in didn’t take much time and I was more excited about exploring the city. After looking up I found out about Skagit Valley tulip festival and its one of the most famous and a must see festival. Tulips start blooming here from April. It was perfect timing for me and I decided to check it out. It’s about an hour drive from Seattle downtown to Skagit in Mt Vernon. Skagit is a pretty small town away from the city. People from all over the World come here to see the tulips.
When you arrive at Skagit downtown, they give you a map of the valley where you can actually see the tulips. The two points of attraction are Roosengard and Tulip town which is about 10-15 mins drive from Skagit downtown. My first stop was Roosengard which is bigger and a wide stretch of land covered with beautiful colors of the tulips. You can park in the lot right in front of the area. The entrance fee is around $15 at Roosengard.
My next stop was Tulip town. It’s comparatively smaller than Roosengard. However, along with tulips they also have an art exhibition, barbeques, wine gardens etc and the entrance fee is $15. They also have street fair and details can be found on http://www.tulipfestival.org.
And after you are done checking out the Tulip festival, I would highly recommend driving to La Conner waterfront which is around 13 mins away from the Skagit Valley. LaConner water-front is a Victorian era village where you will find good restaurants, coffee shops, stores to shop from, museums. You can enjoy an evening dinner at La Conner water-front cafe with a dessert in the Calico Cupboard Old town cafe where they have a variety of fresh-baked cookies and pastries. It’s easy to find street parking here, so you can just park and walk on the streets to enjoy this small village.