Visiting the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival north of Seattle is an experience unlike any other in Washington. Fields of endless varieties of tulips and daffodils create a stunning rainbow across the valley floor. It makes for a remarkable contrast to the blue and green earth tones of the Cascade Mountain backdrop — and the perfect setting for sightseeing visitors and amateur photographers alike. No trip to Holland necessary!

Agriculture is big business in this valley, with local farmers producing dozens of crops and animal products here. The area’s maritime climate — cool but not freezing winters that gradually evolve into warm summers — is remarkably similar to that of the Netherlands and is ideal for bulb growth. The slow, cool transition to summer weather provides the plants with months to form large blooms and develop their signature vibrant colors. It’s no surprise that Skagit County is the number one producer of iris, daffodil, and tulip bulbs in the United States.