The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is a perfect destination for either a day trip or a longer vacation. We are adjacent to I-5, 60 miles north of Seattle and 70 miles south of Vancouver, BC, Canada. You will need a map of the tulip field area to help you navigate as the fields don't have addresses and their location changes every year due to crop rotation. In addition, the fiestival map on our website shows locations of all our events and attractions.
You can also pick up a complete Tulip Festival official brochure at these Information Stations:
Tulip Festival Office
311 W Kincaid St., Mount Vernon, WA 98273
201 Cascade Mall Dr., Burlington, WA 98233
Conway: Conway Foods or Skagit River Produce
18707 Main St., Conway, WA 98273 / 19193 SR 534, Mount Vernon, WA 98274.
I-5 Exit 230 (Highway 20): Skagit's Own Fish Market or Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
18042 SR 20, Burlington, WA 98233 / 900 Andis Rd., Burlington, WA 98233.
All official information stations in the valley are also stocked with the festival brochures.
It is easy to reach the Skagit Valley -- we are located 60 miles north of Seattle along I-5 and 70 miles south of Vancouver, BC, Canada. The tulips are generally grown in a 15-mile triangle bordered by Highway 20, the Skagit River, and the Swinomish River Channel. The festival is designed as a driving tour as many events and attractions are miles apart, scattered throughout the lower Skagit Valley. Come and see the flowers any time you would like -- as long as it is daylight! Weekdays are the least crowded times; weekends can be very busy, so we suggest coming early, use State Route 20 to enter the tulip area, and carpool if possible.
Parking is available at designated lots in the Tulip Field area. There is plenty of parking at Tulip Town and RoozenGaarde and it is FREE. Look for the RoozenGaarde logo for other Official Parking areas. These lots are operated by Washington Bulb Company/RoozenGaarde. Parking in official lots is $5 per car; the ticket you receive from the parking attendant will also admit one person to RoozenGaarde on the same day. Private individuals sometimes operate their own lots -- fees paid to private parties will not work for admission to RoozenGaarde.
The two display gardens, RoozenGaarde and Tulip Town, both have free parking adjacent to their facilities.
Roadside parking is limited due to shoulder conditions and traffic safety regulations. Law enforcement officers will issue tickets, so please avoid parking in no parking zones. Our parking plans can sometimes be impacted because of the spring rains when we have to close lots to keep you, our guests, from getting vehicles stuck in the mud.
Amtrak service runs to Mount Vernon and this can be a very enjoyable way to journey to the festival. Be prepared on arrival to rent a car or engage a taxi to get to the tulip fields as there are no scheduled tours. Monday through Saturday Skagit Transit Route 615 does operate along Mc Lean Rd. If you take this bus, make sure to get on and off at Beaver Marsh Rd. as this is the closest stop to the tulip fields and gardens. You will still be walking a distance to reach your destination.
By Plane from SeaTac or Bellingham
Visitors coming to the festival by plane generally arrive at Seatac, Vancouver, BC or Bellingham airports. Once you arrive, we suggest you either take a shuttle or rent a car to get here. Airporter Shuttle provides 11 convenient trips a day, to and from Sea-Tac Airport and also operates out of Bellingham. Their shuttles are comfortable and affordable, serving Skagit County, San Juan Islands and more. They also offer Custom Charters and Tours, accommodating groups of any size. Check out their website at www.airporter.com for a full schedule and more information..