Just Follow the Chuckanut Road!

Just Follow the Chuckanut Road!

Cruise Down State Route 11 for Amazing Scenery and Stops

It's time for a scenic road trip! From Bow to Bellingham, take your time exploring Chuckanut Drive. This 20-mile stretch of wonder includes rocky cliffs, dense forests, sparkling bays, mountain ranges, restaurants, local farms and more.

Whether you have a little extra time on your way home or are looking for a weekend excursion, Chuckanut Drive is chock full of dazzling distractions, good eats, charming towns and farms!

Cruise down State Route 11 and look for these seven camera worth spots and foodie stops.

Bow Hill Blueberry Farm (Bow Hill Road on the way to Chuckanut)

Whether you want to play farmer and pick your own sweet, organic blueberries (mid-July to mid-September) or select a few of their blueberry-based goodies like jams, marinades and even pickled blueberries, be sure to visit the site of the oldest family-run blueberry farm in Skagit County.

The Rhododendron Cafe (Mile 7)

Locals call it the "Rhody" and it's a great place to start your mini road trip. For breakfast, try the melt-in-your-mouth Biscuits & Gravy or Montana Huckleberry Waffles. For lunch, a freshly baked Baguette Sandwich has your name on it! Want to get going? Run into their bakery next door for a quick cinnamon roll and coffee to go.

Chuckanut Manor & Seafood Grill (Mile 9)

This iconic restaurant has been offering beautiful views and Northwest fare for over 50 years. Their signature Whiskey Crab Soup may cause you to pinch yourself, but you aren't dreaming! From fresh oysters to burgers to pasta, there is something for everyone on the Chuckanut menu.

Samish Bay Overlook (Mile 10)

Depending on what time of day you're on the Chuckanut, you may catch a glorious sunrise or sunset over Samish Bay. Set your camera to panoramic and walk the trail to the Overlook (Want to see the real Bat Cave? Put on your hiking shoes and keep going to Oyster Dome). With epic views and birdwatching, you'll see why over 40,000 visitors flock here every year!

Taylor Shellfish Farms (Mile 11)

Aw, shucks these oysters are good! Get hands-on with the freshest, sustainably farmed shellfish in the PNW. Get a quick shucking lesson or they'll do it for ya. Grill your oysters and have a delicious picnic right on the waterfront. You can also have these beauties shipped right to your door and enjoy an edible souvenir!

Heritage Marker Pullout (Mile 12)

A very pleasant spot to have a snack at a picnic table with views you normally have to pay for! If you (carefully!) walk across the road, kids of all ages will be amazed at the plant fossils and rare bird, animal and mammal tracks preserved in the ancient rock.

Larrabee State Park/Clayton Beach (Mile 15)

Washington's first state park features Clayton Beach and stunning views of the Puget Sound, Anacortes and San Juan Islands. Take some time to contemplate the tide pools and dramatic sandstone formations along the 8,100 feet of shoreline.

Whether you have a little extra time on your way home or are looking for a weekend excursion, Chuckanut Drive is chock full of dazzling distractions, good eats, charming towns and farms!

Photo via Blanca Braun

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