3/29/2013 03:12:00 PM

Pack a Bag for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Spring has arrived and, in Skagit Valley, Washington, so have millions of tulips. The annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (April 1-30) celebrates the splendor of the colorful flowers, planted across hundreds of acres 60-miles north of Seattle, near Mt. Vernon. One of the things we like best about the festival is that there aren't a lot of hokey events. Instead, visitors are invited to stop by the town's "Tulip Office" for info (or download the festival map) and explore the vibrant fields at their own pace.

Our favorite way to see the tulips is via bike, along the country roads. Rent yours from Tulip Country Bike Tours ($30 for a half day; $40 per day) and, for picnic provisions, swing by the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, which carries a variety of local cheeses and wine.

ZAGAT TIP: After all that pedaling, reward yourself with a cider donut or slice of apple pie from Rosabella's Garden Bakery.


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