Tiptoe Through These Tulips: The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley, north of Seattle, WA, celebrates spring every April by showcasing hundreds of acres of blooming tulips.
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©2013, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Photo by Wade Clark.

©2013, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Photo by Wade Clark.

©2013, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Photo by Wade Clark.

©2013, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Photo by Wade Clark.

©2013, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Photo by Wade Clark.

©2013, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Photo by Wade Clark.

©2013, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Photo by Wade Clark.

©2013, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Photo by Wade Clark.

©2013, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Photo by Wade Clark.

©2013, Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Photo by Wade Clark.

Vibrant Yellow Tulips

Mother Nature does its best with these near-perfect yellow tulips grown in the Skagit Valley.

Rows of Yellow Tulips

Tulips in the Skagit Valley are planted with lots of room so that the rain runs off the bulbs.

White Tulips

Tulips have been grown in the Skagit Valley for nearly a century.

Red Tulips

Immigrants from Holland who settled in the Pacific Northwest brought their flower know-how and began planting tulips, recognizing a similar marine climate and rich river bottom soil.

A Festive Combination of Vibrant Red and White Tulips

The marine climate in the Pacific Northwest creates near ideal conditions for tulips.

Purple Tulips

Magnificent fields of tulips burst onto the scene at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Rainbow of Tulips

The town, built around a field of tulips planted in rainbow stripes, exists only 30 days a year -- in April during the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Field of Tulips

Tulips in the fields create vivid images that showcase the beauty of the Skagit Valley.

Fuchsia Tulips

Rows of delightful tulips reaching for the sky abound during the April Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Tractor Tulip Tour

Visitors come from all over the world to see the magnificent fields of tulips.