The long wait for blooms in Skagit County’s tulip fields ended over the weekend, as the flowers came out just in time for Easter.
Here’s a 360-degree video from the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, where more than 350,000 hand-planted tulip bulbs have turned fields into a sea of color.
The month-long event also can turn Interstate 5 into a traffic jam, so festival organizers suggest taking exit 230 near Burlington, heading west on Highway 20 and turning south at Pulver Road. For a more leisurely drive, head south on Chuckanut Drive and follow it to Burlington, turning south on Avon Allen Road.
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Heading south to see tulips is not the only option for Whatcom County residents. The Abbotsford, B.C. Tulip Festival, which also runs through April, had only a few blooms in its first two weeks but is expecting millions more in the coming days.
The tulips fields are about 6 miles northeast of Sumas, just off the Trans-Canada Highway. Be sure to pack your passport and be forewarned: Last year’s event drew so many visitors, the festival is requiring advanced purchases for weekend tickets on its website. Weekday tickets will be available at the tulip fields.