This is the largest Tulip Festival in the United States

This is the largest Tulip Festival in the United States

If the name Skagit Valley sounds familiar, that's because it probably is. Washington's Green Valley produces everything from cheese and beer to garlic and berries. The seafood is plucked from the sea and served fresh, and you can pick whatever you can from the berry farms dotting the landscape. Its edible bounty is noteworthy, but the valley is best known for the tens of millions of tulips that blanket the valley each spring.

These flowers can be viewed and celebrated during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, the largest tulip festival in the United States. This year, the festival's 41st edition, will feature a parade, art performances, a downtown street fair and more — all set against a colorful, floral backdrop.

While the festival typically begins on April 1 and ends on April 30, the exact dates depend on the bloom, which is monitored in great detail here.

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“The Skagit Valley is ideally located for growing vibrant, colorful tulips,” Nicole Rosen, executive director of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, said in a press release shared with the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Travel + entertainment. “Every year, visitors flock to the Skagit Valley to see row upon row of cheerful, color-coordinated tulips. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a celebration of flowers and the endless beauty of the Pacific Northwest.

The Skagit Valley is located between Seattle and the US-Canadian border in the northwest corner of Washington. The Valley is located just over an hour's drive from Seattle and an hour and a half from Vancouver. To the west of the valley, there are 60 miles of coastline, including the San Juan Islands.

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The endless sea of ​​color that dominates the Skagit Valley in April can be seen up close in the valley's many tulip farms or gardens. According to the festival, the RoozenGaarde flower market has more than 200 varieties of tulips and daffodils on display across 50 acres of land.

The smaller Tulip Town has over 55 varieties of tulips as well as a beer and wine garden. You can also choose your own bouquet of tulips and take a free farm tour at Tulip Valley Farms, which also hosts a laser- and light-laden “NightBloom” on Friday and Saturday nights during the festival.

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In addition to visiting the various tulip fields around the Skagit Valley, there will be a tulip parade in La Conner, Washington on April 6, and a street fair in downtown Mount Vernon, Washington with over 140 vendors from April 19 through April 21. It will also be an opportunity to see the ins and outs of the development of semi trucks (the main mode of transportation in agriculture) and a pickleball tournament from April 25 through April 28.

Every Friday and Saturday during the festival, tulip lovers can enjoy “Tea and Tulips” at Willowbrook Manor, an English-style tea house and farm stay.

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