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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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Skagit Valley Tulips - Mount Vernon, Washington

Photos by Eric Noel
Eric Noel Photography

   Washington's Skagit Wild and Scenic River sweeps down from the Cascades Mountains, Skagit Valley Tulip Farm - Mount Vernon, Washington tracing the North Cascades Scenic Byway. As it approaches the Puget Sound in the west, the river valley widens into farm country. Here along the lower Skagit the fertile bottomlands are lined with picturesque farms and one of the largest agricultural communities west of the Cascades.
   Named best small city in America, Mount Vernon is close enough to Seattle to enjoy the benefits of a big city, but experiences just enough separation to retain its small town atmosphere. The Skagit River Valley is most famous for its spectacular tulip festival. Here in Mount Vernon's backyard, valley farms put on a massive show of color when early spring brings fields bursting with daffodils, irises and tulips. Washington Bulb Company, largest bulb grower in the United States, covers more than a thousand acres. Their three acre garden display wows it visitors and photography buffs with 88 tulip Skagit Valley Tulip Farm - Mount Vernon, Washington varieties, and more than a 100 types of crocus, iris, hyacinths, and daffodils.
   Along with its rich agriculture heritage, Skagit Valley invites its guests to stop in a variety of quaint shops, farmer's markets, antique displays and art galleries. Here in Mount Vernon and Skagit Valley, visitors enjoy the county's Children's Museum, waterfront communities, and without any doubt, the breathtaking tulip festival.

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