Many wonderful views await you throughout the Skagit valley during the tulip festival. Use the field map below to figure out what's in bloom where. Take your time touring -- by bicycle is the naturally the best -- and be sure to view the fields from all angles. Mountains, clouds and quaint farm buildings will create a variety of lovely backdrops.
If you are heading to La Conner's Tulips farm and you are on a budget, going to the restaurant for lunch is sometimes pricy. Just go to La Conner's Fresh Fruits and Produce if you forgot to pack your lunch. Pick up your fruits snacks or drinks. It's much cheaper than going to a restaurant.
Or if you are a family and you didn't forget to bring your own lunch but you just wanted to be early going to the tulips farm to avoid the traffic, you can just grab a loaf of bread, mayonnaise, mustard, tomatoes, lettuce and cold sliced ham and drinks at the Fresh Produce in La Conner and voila,you can have your sandwich!
There are so many things to do in this small town. Amazingly also, they have a museum! Who wouldn't want to come here? They basically have every store for art in the universe! And, they also have a museum to showcase most of the local artists' artworks!
So, if you are out and about in the tulips farm, make sure to drive to La Conner town. It's only about 10-15 minutes drive from the fields depending on traffic. There are also lots of street parking.
On your way to La Conner, stop by one of the designated "Wild Habitat" place (situated on the left side of the road going to La Conner) to watch hundreds of thousands of white Canadian geese eating. Sometimes, the birds move from one field to another. The flight of the birds are just spectacular to watch!
Before continuing flying north, thousands of shorebirds, neotropical migrants, and other birds of the Pacific stop by La Conner to rest and eat. These birds depend on Washington's richness and weatlh in natural habitat. Some stop here to nest.
La Conner and other towns of the northwest Washington is very famous in winter time because of its large populations of birds. This includes seabirds, Bald Eagles, Snow Geese, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans.
It is such a delight to just watch these snow birds fly and paint the sky white since there are hundreds of thousands of them clouding the sky!
When Geese Fly South
by Josephine R. Iwatani
The wind blows
the leaves fall
her tears fall.
Six times she watched
the green grasses turn brown
and the geese on V-flight south.
Six times, she saw the snow cover
the platform where she stands
to inhale the cold air
and have a glimpse
of the evading sun.
She extends her hands
to reach the sky.
Again, her tears fall.
She yearns to watch
the green grasses
that never turn brown
in the rice paddies.
where birds fly south
Evading the scarecrow.
What else can you do except to capture the beautiful view! Go to the patches and get a close up picture of the tulips, or zoom your lense and take the whole fields planted with flowers! Nothing goes wrong. It's all beauty around you -except of course, there are mud that you might step on. Just be careful though. The flowers are gorgeous. There are hues of red, pink, yellow, purple, white, orange, red-orange, and light pink. There are also tulips in deep purple color that looks like black in color!
Miles and miles of tulips fields are just waiting for you to see! Either you can walk or bike to the blankets of multi-colored tulips. However, if you are in a particular farmer's tulips' fields, you can only walk to designated paths and take pictures.
Biking is the best thing to do in La Conner since the view is absolutely breathtaking! During the festival, hundreds of cars/motorists are enroute to La Conner to catch the tulips in bloom (tulip flowers only last a few weeks). So, to avoid traffic, it is much better to bike! Just cruise along and pass the long line of cars!
Tulip Town is one of the two 'destinations' during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. The other is Roozengaarde. Don't be fooled by the American sounding 'Tulip Town'. The owners are Anthony and Jeanette deGoede who immigrated from Holland in 1956. (Is any other nation so closely linked to a particular flower?)
Tulip Town is one of those places that could make it on the turist trap list on sunny weekend days. But it does have a gorgeous display that is (almost) worth putting up with the crowds for. For a mid-week visit I would highly recommend it.
Every year the Skagit Valley is holding the Tulip Festival in La Conner and surrounding for a spectacle of colors and scents. There are buses that take you to the fields and take you back to town where you left the car... It can be pretty busy so taking the bike is a wonderful idea...
The blossom happens usually mid April but might vary. Have a look at the website if you want to be there for the best of the blossom.
Liamas is such an unit animal which inhabits mostly in South America's countries. They can be a perfect transportation to use at rual area and mountains. Their hair and skin is a highly commercial products.
I was a bit disappointed by La Conner.
But if you are interested by expensive so-called antiques shops : it is for you !
Not much to see ...
Since La Conner is a tourist town, which focuses on tourism and the arts, go for a walk and enjoy the sights and sounds of the downtown area.
Try the food, and the beer....it is worth it...
There are really nice little shops to visit, nice view over the river that runs in town and also some restaurants for the hungry stomach...