The latest in the Day Tripping series takes us south of the border and to no real destination as the journey is the trip.
When most folks head across the border from Metro Vancouver they take the I-5 although I highly suggest that next time, if you have some time of your hands, you veer off the interstate and take the more scenic Chuckanut Drive.
Just south of Bellingham look for the signs for Chuckanut Drive, Route 11. Along the way there is the historical town of Fairhaven and 21 miles down the road you’ll eventually join up with the I-5 again in Burlington.
There is plenty to stop check out including picnic areas, various Oyster Bars, restaurants, and Larabee State Park with hiking, waking and biking trails.
Meandering along cliffs above the ocean while hugging the rocky tree-lined curves the views from the Chuckanut are breathtaking. To me, the entire course resembles a lush Pacific Northwest version of the Pacific Coast Highway.
Winding down into the valley, there is a winery (Chuckanut Ridge Wine Co), cafes, antique shops, blueberry farm, apple farms, and agricultural land.
There is also amazing camping (should you decide to stay longer than a day) over at Deception Pass which is a jog off the Chuckanut at Burlington but is worth the extra miles. Deception Pass connects the mainland to Whidbey Island, Duane’s over there right now so I’m sure he’ll have a recap or some photos up after this weekend.
If you’re simply looking for an afternoon drive with amazing views and fresh sea air, Chuckanut is a great way to go – and you can still go to Target and Bellis Fair on your way back home.