As hundreds of thousands of tulip fans descend onto Skagit Valley for the Tulip Festival, traffic will overpower the small back county roads. On a beautiful weekend expect traffic to be thick and moving at a snail’s pace. Also expect – distracted drivers. Visitors on country roads and awed by the miles of color splattering the farm lands will suddenly stop to take a photo. The shoulders are narrow and not meant for vehicles to pull over on, so look for cars blocking the roads.
It is easy to be distracted by the fields of tulips, but as the driver remain on high alert as you navigate your vehicle through the miles of farmlands.
- Watch for sudden-stopping vehicles.
- It is easy to be distracted but stay focused on driving. Actively scan the road and use your mirrors and look around you.
- Watch for pedestrians paying more attention to taking a photo than paying attention to traffic.
- Obey the NO Parking signs, they are there for a reason.
- Do NOT stop in the middle of the road, pull over in a safe and designated place.
- Be respectful and do not block driveways.
- Let your passengers take care of the drive-by photos.
- Most importantly BE PATIENT and ALERT.
And, don’t forget to enjoy the beauty of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.