Getting Around

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is designed to showcase the Skagit Valley tulips, events, attractions, and growers.

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.

On Foot

Skagit Valley by foot can be a great way to travel if you like to walk long distances. Because the festival celebrates ALL of Skagit Valley, 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 as motorists get very excited about the tulips! Watch for changing road conditions -- shoulders and speed in the tulip area vary widely.


By Bicycle

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 as motorists get very excited about the tulips! Watch for changing road conditions -- shoulders and speed in the tulip area vary widely.

Tulip Country Bike Tours (www.countrycycling.com) 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.


By Guided Tour

We have several options available for people looking to have a guided tour of the festival.

Shutter Tours
(425) 516-8838
www.shuttertours.com
Relax in our comfortable tour bus with a top rated tour company. See tulips and receive tips to improve your photography. Photo stops include tulip fields and lunch in La Conner. Seattle hotel pickups available.


Roads2Tulips Adventures
(425) 493-4555
March 18-April 29
www.Roads2Tulips.com
Cars to La Conner - Free Reserved parking - Amtrak Train - Mount Vernon pickup - Boaters - La Conner Marina pickup - RoozenGaarde or Tulip Town Tour, hosted lunch at Seeds Bistro - Skagit Valley Museum tour - La Conner shops - Discount coupons - Swinomish Casino stop before return train.


Skagit Guided Adventures
(360) 474-7479
www.skagitguidedadventures.com
Visit the exquisitely arranged gardens and colorful fields; photograph to your heart’s content; and learn about the tulip history, industry and festival by our expert friendly local guide. Tours daily 9:30 am and 2:30 pm from Mount Vernon’s Amtrak station. Free area hotel pickup.


Starline Tours
(206) 763-5817
Local Shuttle on Saturdays and Sundays During April
discoverstarline.com/tulip-festival-transportation/
There will be local shuttle service running on Saturdays and Sundays. Park at either the Marina in La Conner or the Outlet Shoppes in Brulington (by Uniforms Unlimited) and catch the shuttle service. Purchase tickets from any driver for $10; the ticket gives all day access to as many stops as desired. Stops include Outlet Shoppes in Burlington, La Conner Marina, Roozen Gaarde, and Salmon BBQ. Shuttles will arrive every 30-45 minutes. Service available 9 am to 6 pm.

By Bus

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.


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 or call Uber to visit the fields as public transportation to and from the fields can be difficult.


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 (or ask the driver to 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.