Yesterday we drove to Mt. Vernon to visit the lovely tulips which bloom from April 1st to the 30th. I think everyone else in the Seattle area had the same idea because the traffic was at a stand still the whole drive there. Mt. Vernon is about seventy miles north of Seattle. What was supposed to be an hour and a half drive took almost three hours. Having never been to the Tulip Festival, we didn't know what to expect and we felt silly for spending so much time in the car to just see some flowers. But oh, we were blown away when we first spotted the colorful and blooming tulips. As far as the eye could see, the tulips bloomed in the distance. I loved all the colors, from red to purple and pink, these tulips were worth seeing and worth the drive from Seattle.
For more information about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival go to http://www.tulipfestival.org. Remember, every April this place is packed with people checking out over 300 acres of tulips. So take your time and leave early in the morning for less crowds.