Daffodils are often the first sign of spring in Seattle. The bright yellow flowers bring color to a grey Northwest winter. But somehow, daffodils are overshadowed around here. Every March, Skagit Valley daffodils blossom to create a beautiful golden landscape, but most are waiting to see the colorful tulips not far behind.
Yes, the tulips are awesome (and I say that in the truest sense of the word), but I’m here to tell you the Skagit Valley daffodils also create a fantastic Seattle photo op. Plus, it’s absolutely free (unlike the Skagit Valley tulips) and the crowds are much thinner than tulip time.
To say Seattle photo op is a little misleading, especially if you’re not from the area. The Skagit Valley daffodils are actually located a little more than an hour north of Seattle. The best place to start your daffodil tour is RoozenGaarde (map). It’s the center of all things Skagit Valley flowers. There are then several fields near RoozenGaarde that you can also check out.
The best time to see Skagit Valley daffodils is March, but it all depends on Mother Nature. It’s easy to tell if the flowers are in full bloom, though. All you have to do is check this handy bloom map. If the flowers are “lit up” on the map, then that field is rocking and rolling with flowers. RoozenGaarde also does a great job of updating the daffodil bloom on its Facebook page.
The Skagit Valley daffodil season also typically arrives when migrating snow geese and trumpeter swans are in the area. That makes for an even more spectacular Seattle photo op. Do you want an example? Check out the video Roozengaarde posted on Facebook.
Have you ever visited the Skagit Valley daffodils? How was your experience? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo. You can also visit Moarly Creative for ideas on more awesome Seattle photo ops.