Chuckanut Drive

Chuckanut Drive


Driving north from Seattle on the main highway, I-5, you don’t get to see much of the beautiful coastlines and tree-lined scenery that has made the Northwest famous. Chuckanut Drive is the antidote to the boring, concrete and farmland of the drive northward. By getting off I-5 at exit 231 and following Route 11 north to where it meets back up with the highway at exit 250, you can see beautiful scenery, drive through adorable coastal towns and see some of the best sunsets around. The 21 miles of the drive offer unforgettable seaside views, but also have a variety of art and antique shops along the way. Farms and their stands can also be found throughout the region, or stop at one of the stores to pick up some of the great dairy or oysters from the area.

The Chuckanut Drive area started as a logging and agricultural center and many of the remains of old industry are visible along the side of the road, including old pilings, dikes and barns. The history is also apparent in the architecture, which adds to the beauty of the drive.

Depending on your interests or mood, you can pick and choose a few places to stop. Oyster lovers won’t want to miss the town of Edison, near Samish Bay, where some of the best shellfish in the country grow up. When the hunger pains start, travelers can stop at the restaurants in any of the towns, or hit a store and pick up supplies for a picnic at any of the scenic lookouts along the way. To work off the lunch, make a stop in the mountains at and go on a lake hike or at the beaches and go on a hike to Teddy Bear Cove.




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