We are just a few weeks away from the bloom of one of America’s favorite spring flowers, the Tulip. Tulips bloom at different times throughout the spring growing season- some as early as April, while others bloom in May and June.

Something else that blooms this time of year- annual Tulip festivals! These festivals are held in great destinations around the country, predominately in cities with Dutch heritage.  If your Coach is headed in the direction of one of these cities, be sure to take a little time to smell the tulips and check out a festival!

Held every April since 1983, Skagit Valley, Washington celebrates the spring season of flowers including daffodils in late March, tulips in April and irises and lilies in May. More than a million visitors come to see over 300 acres of brightly colored tulips and enjoy festivities in places like La Conner and Mount Vernon. Attractions include the Tulip Festival Street Fair, Tulip Parade, Kiwanas Club Salmon BBQ, art shows and Quilt Walk. This year, due to mild temperatures and rain, blooms are moving along a little ahead of schedule. If current conditions continue, there should be tulips in bloom by the last week in March. http://tulipfestival.org/  Comfortable Coach accommodations: https://koa.com/campgrounds/concrete/

As the weather turns warmer, tulips at the Ashton Gardens in Thanksgiving Point Utah, begin to bloom! Held April 13 – May 8, this is their 14th annual Tulip Festival. Enjoy 280,000 tulips in hundreds of varieties, all imported directly from Holland. The 15 themed gardens highlight different displays sure to bring out plenty of oohs and aahs! This is one festival you’ll want to have a camera handy for sure. https://thanksgivingpoint.org/events/tulip-festival/ Comfortable Coach accommodations: https://www.go-utah.com/Camping/#

The Tulip Time Festival of Holland Michigan is ranked as one of the top 10 Tulip Festivals in the US. An internationally known event, the festival is one of the largest flower festivals in the United States.  This unique festival features a display of millions of tulips and celebrates Dutch heritage and culture through dance (with 1,500 wooden-shoed dancers), art, theatre, and different events. The festivities include three exciting parades, Klompen Dancing, big name entertainment, free concerts, music and variety shows, a Dutch market, trolley tours, children’s events and fireworks. https://tuliptime.com/ Comfortable Coach accommodations: https://www.dutchtreatcamping.com/

Pella, Iowa is beautiful and unique all year long, but in tulip season, it comes alive with tulips, Dutch attire, parades, food, fun and more. Thousands of residents wear Dutch attire and celebrate Dutch heritage. Three days each spring, Pella becomes the Netherlands to Pella residents and visitors alike. Travel back in time to a European village full of, tulips and excitement and celebrate the 83rd anniversary of this colorful festival May 3, 4, and 5, 2018. https://www.pellahistorical.org/ Comfortable Coach accommodations: https://www.reserveamerica.com/

Each year in tulip season it is Orange City Iowa’s good fortune and great pleasure to welcome thousands of visitors from near and far. Stop in for a day as you recall the gentle charms of the old world and catch a new glimpse of old Dutch customs. The annual celebration occurs on the third weekend in May (May 18-20, 2018). The internationally recognized festival features music and dancing by children and adults in authentic Dutch costumes, two daily parades, nightly musical theater, a carnival midway, Dutch delicacies, delicious food, plus thousands of tulips and a dozen replica windmills throughout this charming village. Join tens of thousands of visitors and discover the Dutch at a festival that is ever-charming and colorful! http://www.octulipfestival.com/ Comfortable Coach accommodations: https://www.mycountyparks.com/Default.aspx

The Tulip Festival is Albany New York’s signature spring event. This highly anticipated spring festival celebrates 70 years of Albany tradition in 2018. The Tulip Festival features acclaimed live music, kids' activities, great food, a nationally renowned craft show and over 140,000 tulip bulbs blossoming into a sea of colors just in time for Mother's Day. The 70th Annual Albany Tulip Festival happens this year on May 12 & 13 at Washington Park. http://www.albanyevents.org/ Comfortable Coach accommodations: https://arrowheadmrvp.com/

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