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Explore Skagit Valley in Spring

People visit Skagit Valley in spring from over 85 countries.  If you live in Seattle or Vancouver BC, we have the perfect Spring Road Trip planned for you with a simple drive!

  1. Watch our Skagit Road Trip video by clicking the PLAY button!
  2. Check out the Skagit Loop itinerary from either Seattle or Vancouver BC.
  3. Listen to the LOOP music mix and let’s go!

Skagit Roadtrip Loop via Seattle – Hop off I-5 at exit 221 and venture west through Conway and Fir Island, passing a thousand acres of daffodils and tulips.  Stop off in La Conner to enjoy museums and the new boardwalk along the channel.  Before you go check out the La Conner Daffodil Festival and Skagit Valley Tulip Festival bloom map and events!
TIP: Look for the biggest ice cream cone in the valley along the way to La Conner.
TIP: Rent or bring your bike and ride from La Conner to Mount Vernon visiting breweries and wineries along the way.
TIP: Rent a Kayak at the docks in La Conner

After La Conner, meander north past historic barns and farm stands and catch Hwy 20 west to Fidalgo Island and Anacortes, where you can ditch your car for a “lowland” hike in the Anacortes Forest Lands – the early spring flowers at Whistle Lake are beautiful.  Don’t forget to take a drive over Deception Pass Bridge and explore the beautiful beaches on the Salish Sea!
TIP:  Don’t miss the Anacortes Spring Wine festival.
TIP:  Buy an Anacortes Community Forest Lands trail map if you want to explore more.  You can ride your bike on many of the trails too.  Free Deception Pass maps right over the bridge.
TIP: Book a tour:  Deception Pass Boat Tours, Whale Watching Tours, Fishing Tours, Scuba Tours

Next, head back east on Hwy 20 and then north to the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center and  onto the quirky little town of Edison.  From Edison head up Chuckanut Drive for an amazing hike to Samish Outlook or Oyster Dome.
TIP:  See how many eagles you can count along the way to Edison and tell everyone you hiked on the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT).
TIP:  Visit a shellfish farm and eat some oysters.
TIP: Pick up a baguette of bread in Edison.

Let’s head to the uplands! Grab provisions in Burlington and head east on Hwy 20 to the old logging town of Sedro Woolley.  Stop in for a stroll through the historic downtown, or walk or bike part of the 22.5-mile Cascade Trail.  Next, continue east and look out for the Elk viewing field and then drive a bit further up-valley to Concrete and Marblemount and hike around Rasar State Park and Rockport State Park.
TIP: Rasar State Park has a great beach on the Skagit River to enjoy lunch.
TIP: Baker Lake is stunning with many spring hike offerings.
TIP: Outlet mall in Burlington (Lululemon and Nike!)

Follow Hwy 20 back down the valley and take I-5 or Burlington Blvd to Mount Vernon to enjoy the new Skagit Riverwalk park in historic downtown.
TIP: Check out local foods at the Co-op and the Farmers Market (April)
TIP: See what’s happening at the historic Lincoln Theatre
TIP: Drive or hike to the top of Little Mountain to view the fields of flowers, the San Juan Islands and the Olympics from 934 feet up.

The Skagit Valley Road Trip loop is designed for a weekend.  Check out our Places to Stay from Hotels, to cozy B&B’s to Farm Stays!

Skagit Roadtrip Loop via Vancouver, BC – Catch Hwy 20 at Exit 230 and head east to the  old logging town of Sedro Woolley. Stop in for a stroll through the historic downtown, or walk or bike part of the 22.5-mile Cascade Trail.  Next, continue east and look out for the Elk viewing field and then drive a bit further up-valley to Concrete and Marblemount and hike around Rasar State Park and Rockport State Park.
TIP: Rasar State Park has a great beach on the Skagit River to enjoy lunch.
TIP: Baker Lake is stunning with many spring hike offerings.
TIP: Outlet mall in Burlington (Lululemon and Nike!)

Follow Hwy 20 back down the valley to Burlington and grab provisions in Burlington. Afterwards, take I-5 or Burlington Blvd to Mount Vernon to enjoy the new Skagit Riverwalk park in historic downtown.
TIP: Check out local foods at the Mount Vernon Co-op and the Farmers Market (April)
TIP: See what’s happening at the historic Lincoln Theatre
TIP: Drive or hike to the top of Little Mountain to view the fields of flowers, the San Juan Islands and the Olympics from 934 feet up.

Catch I-5 south for a few miles and then take exit 221 to Conway and venture west through Conway and Fir Island, passing a thousand acres of daffodils and tulips.  Stop off in La Conner to enjoy museums and the new boardwalk along the channel.  Before you go check out the La Conner Daffodil Festival and Skagit Valley Tulip Festival bloom map and events!
TIP: Look for the biggest ice cream cone in the valley along the way to La Conner.
TIP: Rent or bring your bike and ride from La Conner to Mount Vernon visiting breweries and wineries along the way.
TIP: Rent a Kayak at the docks in La Conner

After La Conner, meander north past historic barns and farm stands and catch Hwy 20 west to Fidalgo Island and Anacortes, where you can ditch your car for a “lowland” hike in the Anacortes Forest Lands – the early spring flowers at Whistle Lake are beautiful.  Don’t forget to take a drive over Deception Pass Bridge and explore the beautiful beaches on the Salish Sea!
TIP:  Don’t miss the Anacortes Spring Wine festival.
TIP:  Buy an Anacortes Community Forest Lands trail map if you want to explore more.  You can ride your bike on many of the trails too.
TIP: Book a tour:  Deception Pass Boat Tours, Whale Watching Tours, Fishing Tours, Scuba Tours

Next, head back east on Hwy 20 and then north to the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center and then onto the quirky little town of Edison.  From Edison head up Chuckanut Drive for an amazing hike to Samish Outlook or Oyster Dome. Then take Chuckanut Drive back to I-5 to head for home.
TIP:  See how many eagles you can count along the way to Edison and tell everyone you hiked on the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT).
TIP:  Eat some oysters.
TIP: Pick up a baguette of bread in Edison.

The Skagit Valley Road Trip loop is designed for a weekend.  Check out our Places to Stay from Hotels, to cozy B&B’s to Farm Stays!

Skagit Valley in Spring Tours, Events and Things to Do

skagit valley in spring

 

March: Elk Field Viewing
March: Snow Geese and Swan Viewing
March: La Conner Daffodil Festival
April: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
April: Anacortes Spring Wine Festival
March-April: Bike Tours
March-May: Sea Kayaking Tours
March-May: Salish Sea Boat & Fishing/Crabbing Charters
March-May: Stand Up Paddle Boat Tours
March-May: Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Tours
March-May: Breweries, Distilleries, Wineries
April – May: Whale Watching and Porpoise Tours
April – May: Deception Pass Boat Tours
April – May: Farmers Markets
April – May: Take a Ferry Ride
May: Skagit River Poetry Festival