Can’t afford a flight to Europe this spring? Waltz through acres of red, pink, yellow, purple and orange tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in upstate Washington. The valley, about an hour north of downtown Seattle, has the largest tulip fields in North America and the festival is massive with more than 350 acres of tulips.
There’s no one set place to see the tulips and no one pin to drop into your phone GPS. The festival takes over the entire valley with big growers like Washington Bulb Co., the company behind famous Roozen Garden and Tulips.com, and small growers like Tulip Town. The field locations change each year. “We can’t control our star attraction,” says Cindy Verge, the festival’s Executive Director. “Make sure if you’re coming to get a current map because the fields rotate with crop rotations. So if you go back to fields from 2016, you’ll see lovely brown dirt.”