Chuckanut Drive + ADD NEW ROUTE
31 in Washington Washington19 Miles
on February 1, 2008
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The route starts on the north end of Burlington, WA, You take I-5 exit 231 for Chuckanut Drive (also known as WA Route 11). From there just continue straight on Chuckanut Drive for the rest of the way to the end point in Fairhaven, WA, which is a neighborhood in the city of Bellingham!
First part of the drive goes through some flat farm lands. The roads are wide open, you can often see hang-gliders descending from Blancard Mountain. Then when you reach the base of the mountain, you'll see some tideflats, and then you start to go through some beautiful forest, with cascading waterfalls. After a couple miles, you will reach the truly breathtaking views of the Puget Sound, with the islands and boats. Uninhabited island in Puget Sound
Quality of the road is good, but watch for rock slides and cars that cut the corners. This trip has a lot of diversity and something for everyone. It starts out with lots of flat, straight road, however when you get onto the mountain, it has lots of twists, just like any good canyon road. Note: It is tempting to open the throttle when in the flat lands of this road, but beware, a state patrol station is right at the intersection of this road, and I-5. And while I have never seen troopers run a speed trap on this road, just be aware that they are in the area. .
Stop at the Japanese garden at the base of the mountain (just before the twisties begin), or stop at any one of the restaurants along the way for some fantastic seafood. Larrabee State Park is nice, with camping, picnic benches, and a beach. The park can fill up fast, so plan ahead. At the end of the road, you'll be in Fairhaven, which is a neighborhood in Bellingham. Lots of good shopping and eating there.
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