Tulips signify the return of Spring and every year I can’t wait until the first flowers emerge from the cold ground. A few years ago I learned Western Washington was a major grower of tulips. I had to see the fields.


They don’t disappoint. Acre upon acre of vibrantly colored flowers has a tendency to turn visitors giddy. I couldn’t help notice everyone in the fields was overly cheerful.

The Skagit Valley is an easy drive from either Seattle or Vancouver. Print off a map of the tulip fields, pack a picnic lunch, and in an hour and a half, you’ll be surrounded by Springy tulips. 


Stop at a roadside stand to take some with you. They don’t come any fresher than this, and at $4.50 a dozen, they’re a steal. 

My flower-loving daughter talked me into five bouquets!

Do you also like daffodils? They’re here too! 

But come soon, tulip season won’t last much longer.

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22 Responses to Fields of tulips in Western Washington

  1. Rosella D. Rossetter says:

    BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you Nicole.

  2. Krista says:

    Absolutely stunning, Nicole!! I really do need to take a trek down there and see them. :-)

  3. It’s such a shame that tulips are short-lived. They really brighten a place up when they’re in full bloom. Tulip season has been and gone here. Those fields look absolutely amazing. I’m not surprised everyone was cheerful! :)

    • Nicole says:

      Hi Julia! I didn’t know tulips grow in Turkey too! Maybe it’s the short lived season that makes us appreciate them so much. But I don’t know, I think I’d go more than once a year. :)

  4. Tuula says:

    Oh wow, these are gorgeous!! I had no idea…more than worth the trip & these beauties look like they would rival the finest in Holland – simply lovely!

    • Nicole says:

      Tuula, I thought all tulips came from Holland before we moved to Washington! It’s nice we can see them in more than one place in the world! :)

  5. Andrea says:

    Just gorgeous!! I love tulips but have never seen fields of them like this – all the same colour in one block as well.
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    • Nicole says:

      I love how where the fields change color in the distance, it appears as just a stripe. A vivid stripe, but still a stripe. :)

  6. Stunning colour and photos! How awesome to see them up close!
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  7. So beautiful! I’d love to see these tulip fields in person, but will settle for these gorgeous photos for now.
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  8. Don Faust says:

    Nicole – we were about a week early in Skagit for the tulips. It’s hard to time if you are booking a hotel, but next year I think we will just make a long day trip of it. We only saw one small field that was in bloom, but we saw lots of daffodils!

    BTW – do you network with some of the Seattle travel bloggers? See “Seattle Travel Happy Hours” on Facebook.
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    • Nicole says:

      Hi Don, Bummer! At least you got to see the daffodils! It seems the end of April is better than the beginning of the month, I think. Thanks for the tip about the Seattle travel bloggers, I’ll check it out! :)

      • Don Faust says:

        Yeah, it was kind of a bummer. I was all psyched with my camera gear to capture all kinds of shots – got lots of yellow daffodils though! We were told around mid April was the best, but I understand things were a bit late this year. We were sponsored on that trip, so we were locked into that date.

        I see you found your way to the Seattle Travel Happy Hours group. Welcome! They normally have Wednesday happy hours – the group probably shows up on your home page now, so you can keep an eye out for dates, – normally from Shannon or Kelly. It’s a mixture of bloggers, foodies, writers, etc.
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  9. Gorgeous! I love fields of tulips.
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  10. Theodora says:

    I’d never thought of Washington as home to tulips. What an eye-opener. Lovely pictures, too.
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