Spring is here and that means that the Skagit Valley is popping off. So if you’re looking for an excuse to drive up North, this is it. Because let us tell you, there are actually quite a few things to do in and around the valley that you don’t want to miss out on. Here’s everything to check out in the Skagit Valley right now.

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

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Duh, did you think we’d start with anything else? This festival only runs until the end of the month so we highly recommend that you check it out. And you can choose from visiting either Tulip Town or RoozenGaarde. Or if you’re really feeling it you can visit both! But make sure to buy your tickets online before you go.

When: Until April 30th
Where: Skagit Valley, WA
Cost: $10+

La Conner Daffodil Festival

If you’re ready for a switch up from tulips then you should consider checking out the La Conner Daffodil Festival. Because daffodils are kinda the main flower of spring and they happen to be equally beautiful. But what’s even better is that you can see the daffodils while seeing the tulips because they happen to be at RoozenGaarde. Sneaky right?

When: Until April 30th
Where: 15867 Beaver Marsh Rd, Mt Vernon, WA
Cost: $15

Visit a local farmers market

In case you didn’t know, a good chunk of Washington’s food comes out of the Skagit Valley. Whether it’s produce, dairy, or meat, this region is an important and diverse agricultural hot spot. So if you happen to be in the area we recommend checking out a farmers market. Because it doesn’t get much fresher than buying right from the farmers themselves.

Where: Click above to learn more

Experience shucking your own oysters

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So this is technically a little out of the way of the main valley but it deserves a mention. Just a bit further north, along Chuckanut Drive you’ll find Taylor Shellfish Farms. They happen to harvest some of the state’s best oysters and also have probably one of the most unique restaurants in the state. It’s basically a series of picnic tables where you can sit and shuck your own oysters. If you’re in the area and like seafood, you absolutely have to check it out.

Hours: Daily 10 am-Sunset
Where: 2182 Chuckanut Drive, Bow, WA

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Cruise Chuckanut Drive

While we’re on the topic of Chuckanut Drive, we highly recommend driving either the full portion or part of the road. It’s kind of Washington’s version of the scenic Sea to Sky Highway in BC, Canada. Plus there are tons of vistas where you can get out along the way and take pics or simply enjoy the views.

Where: Chuckanut Drive

Check out Deception Pass

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One of Washington’s most iconic and scenic state parks also happens to be in the area of the Skagit Valley. So if you want to hop out of your car for a little stroll along the beach or simply drive over the bridge, Deception Pass is worth the visit.

Visit Bow-Edison

One of our favorite towns in the state just so happens to be right in the valley. Bow-Edison is a unique area full of restaurants, retail, artist’s studios, and galleries. It’s truly a slice of heaven and is extra special in the spring. So if you’re heading to the valley it’s absolutely worth the little detour to visit it.

Where: Bow-Edison, WA

Museum of Northwest Art

If you’re tired of the Seattle museum scene then you might as well check out the MoNA in La Conner. Right now you can see a recently rediscovered mural by Northwest Master William Cumming. And you can also see works by contemporary NW painter Max Benjamin. Oh, and it’s totally free to visit!

Hours: 12 pm-4 pm Sunday & Monday, Thursday & Friday, 10 am-5 pm Saturday
Where: 121 South First Street, La Conner WA
Cost: Free

If you’re going to head out of the city you might as well make the most of it. And Skagit Valley is a lot more than just farm fields. So we hope that you take the opportunity to fully enjoy the unique region.

It should go without saying but please be mindful that you are entering a smaller community. And that means you need to be hyper-vigilant about COVID-19 safety. So with that, have fun, be respectful and enjoy our beautiful state!