Tulip Road Trip: An Adventure Blossoms in Skagit Valley
The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is truly one in a million! Photo by JayCee Too.
March 28, 2017
Ahh, tulips! Harbingers of spring—cheerful reminders of brighter days ahead!
It’s almost April, when the fields around Mount Vernon burst into a bloom rainbow and the month-long Skagit ValleyTulip Festivalgets underway.
Are you going Dutch? The daffodils are already in bloom, and this year the tulips are expected to burst early in the month. This year’s festival officially kicks-off Thursday night with a Gala Celebration and then begins in earnest on April 1. So if you want to witness the best of the bulbs, it’s time to get cracking!
Though the blooms are worth traveling to see, it's also a great time to explore your Northwest Washington state parks. Why not plan a road trip to some of these super locations while you are out getting shots of those fetching flower fields?
Stop one: Kukutali Preserve
Explore the shore! Kukutali Preserve is a swell spot to start your Skagit adventure!
No need to tiptoe! The Skagit Valley is really jumping this time of year! Photo by razvan.orendovici
Naturally, the reason for the trip is to drink in the eye candy of tulips for miles! Mount Vernonis the center of it all with acre upon eye-popping acre of gorgeous blooms growing on the surrounding bulb farms. A pretty and classic northwest town, Mount Vernon also makes a good stop for breakfast or an early lunch.
Make sure to have back-up camera batteries charged and refer to this handy bloom mapto plot out your tulip tour! Once you’ve had your fill of tulips, pick up some snacks or a picnic lunch, it’s time to head for a quick 10-mile drive to …
Stop three: Bay View State Park
Here's looking at you! Bird watching is a popular activity at Bay View State Park. Photo by Richard Probst.
How far can you see at Larrabee? For miles and miles! Bring your camera and get in a hike and some stellar shots at Larrabee.
The oldest state park in Washington and still one of the best! Larrabee has lots of fun daytime options. Have little kids that need to blow off steam? Why not take them to the cool play structure to monkey around to their heart’s content? Or hit up some of the super hikes along woodsy trails down toward the water. These are perfect for all nearly all ability levels to try.
Hike down to the curvy coves of surf-carved rocks and do a little exploring. Or take the beach trail cruise the shore. For a more strenuous hike, cross Chuckanut Drive to the trails on the other (east) side of the park. Desire just one more destination? Head north again on Chuckanut Drive to Interstate 5 for …
Stop five: Birch Bay State Park
You'll hardly want to look up for all the cool stuff at your feet when you do some beach exploration at Birch Bay State Park!
Roll up those jeans! Much of the fun at Birch Bay revolves around discovering the mysteries and marvels lying at the water’s door. This is a popular shellfishingpark for crab, clams and oysters, but if you plan on those activities, don’t forget your license! Or just walk along the shore and spot crabs and other marine life. With 120 unsheltered and six sheltered picnic tables available, this is a great way to end the day with an outdoor dinner while you watch the sunset over the bay!
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