The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is designed to showcase the Skagit Valley tulips, events, attractions, and growers. These are spread from Puget Sound east to the Cascade Mountains. The best way to visit the Tulip Festival is by a motorized vehicle. This will allow you to discover your favorite Skagit Valley spot. Weekdays are the least crowded days to come to see the flowers; weekends are very busy. If you are part of a group visiting and are planning on traveling together with multiple cars, we suggest you meet at one of our many Park N Ride locations and carpool.
Skagit Valley by foot can be a great way to travel if you like to walk long distances. Many of the tulip fields, events, attractions and display gardens are miles apart. If you decide to tour the tulips by foot, be prepared for rainy, windy weather -- we suggest you dress in layers. Many of the roads in the valley floor are flat and easy to walk. Walk defensively -- motorists get very excited about the tulips -- and watch for changing road conditions -- shoulders and speed in the tulip area vary widely.
Many cyclists enjoy traveling the tulip route. Most tulip fields, events, attractions and display gardens can be accessed easily by cycle. If you decide to tour the tulips by bike, be prepared for rainy, windy weather -- we suggest you dress in layers. Many of the roads in the valley floor are flat and easy to navigate. Bike defensively -- motorists get very excited about the tulips -- and watch for changing road conditions -- shoulders and speed in the tulip area vary widely.
Tulip Country Bike Tours (see their complete listing under travel and tours) offers bike rentals on a limited basis. Their rentals come complete with a map, self guided tour route and staff recommendations for lunch and other stops. In addition visitors with their own cycles can join the guided tours at a discounted rate.
Motorcoach tours are a great way to see the tulips. Both display gardens are motorcoach friendly and have reservation systems and parking all ready for group tours. If you are interested in putting together a group tour, contact the tulip office at (360) 428-5959 and we can help you with sample itineraries and suggested lodging. Sample itineraries are also on our website under the media section. Bellair Charters offers a great way to travel if you have a large group wishing to charter a bus.
By Taxi, Rental Car, Private Vehicle
The Tulip Festival is designed as a driving tour. We invite you to come and poke around the valley, discovering your favorite eatery, activity and tulip variety. The festival map on this site shows the various ways to enter the tulip growing area. In addition, visitors arriving by plane, train or bus to our valley may wish to rent a taxi or car to visit the fields as public transportation to and from the fields can be difficult. Enterprise Car Rentals operates out of Burlington if you need to rent a car during your visit.
By Skagit Transit
People arriving in Mount Vernon who wish to get out to the tulip fields, but don't have transportation can ride Skagit Transit Route 615, departing from Skagit Station. The route operates Monday through Saturday and takes you on Mc Lean Rd.; be sure to get off at the stop at Beaver Marsh and Mc Lean Rd. From there you can walk to RoozenGaarde (about 1/4 mile south on Beaver Marsh Rd.) or walk to Tulip Town (about one mile away -- Mc Lean Rd. west to Bradshaw, and then north on Bradshaw Rd.). For more information on Route 615, click here.
For more information on Skagit Transit Services using other routes around the valley, visit www.skagittransit.org.