Visit The Tulips: A Photo Essay
The most famous Tulip Festival on a global level is in Holland, Amsterdam. Traveling to Holland would be AMAZING, but it is just not possible from my little corner of North America. Maybe someday. In the meantime, I have found an amazing local location to see fields of Tulips and Daffodils!
The best local Tulip Festivals can be found in the Pacific Northwest. Every year, both British Columbia (Abbotsford and Agassiz) and Washington (Skagit Valley) are home to fields of tulips, which for a small admission fee you can go take selfies until your heart is content. The best part is that with the Rocky Mountain backdrops, you can get amazing landscape shots! This year British Columbia did not have one of the major regular fields open, but I was not deterred by this setback.
Just so you know, the Tulip and Daffodil bloom schedule is mother-nature-dependent. This year, like last year, had an early bloom schedule. The easiest way to track the blooms in Mount Vernon, WA is through the Bloom Map. The map is connected to Google Maps so you can see exactly which fields are currently lit up and in bloom. I had been watching the Bloom Map since early February in anticipation of my upcoming visit. I’m kind of impatient like that. I planned my visit perfectly so I could see both fields of the Tulips and Daffodils.
For those of you more interested in the Tulips, I’d wait until they are in full bloom in April to get those amazing open-bloom shots. We planned a road trip for our visit. The driving distance from Vancouver to Mount Vernon is about 1.5 hours each way – 3 hours round trip. We got there and back on one tank of gas!
Tip-Toe Through The Tulips
Every year thousands of visitors flock to Mount Vernon to enjoy the Tulip Festival. The admission price was a mere $5 per person, and this includes the parking fee as well. My recommendation is to head over to the Roozengaarde location, as you can experience the main garden along with both Tulip and Daffodil fields which are within walking distance. Make sure you keep to the main path so you don’t trample or ruin any of the flowers, as both Tulips and Daffodils can be quite fragile and are easily bruised.
The Pacific Northwest is famous for its rain storms. Even if the weather is clear with sunny skies for your visit, seasonally it is Spring and it might have rained the day or morning before your visit. The fields are quite mossy and retain lots of water, as these are the optimum growing conditions for flowers. To ensure you are prepared, just pop that umbrella and set of rain boots in your bag before you head out. The field is open rain or shine. Chris had the umbrella open for me when I was taking some of my very best shots.
Dress To Impress…Well Not Quite
Want to ruin a pair of shoes? Wear your very best pair. In case my sarcasm isn’t apparent…I saw so many ruined shoes along my route and I was only there for a couple of hours. If you are playing outside in nature, you should dress the part. White shoes or high heels are never a good choice. If you want to be smart, bring your raincoat, wear your most comfortable clothes and slide on those rubber boots! If you remember our visit to the Corn Maze, you’d better believe I had my rubber boots ready. Chris on the other hand didn’t learn his lesson or get to play in the fields, as he only brought his running shoes. Can someone get this man a pair of rubber boots already?!
Extend Those Memories
Be sure to pick up a bouquet of tulips or daffodils at the store for your kitchen table before you head on home. When the flowers fade, those awesome pictures you took will last a lifetime.
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