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Old 04-05-2012, 11:14 PM
 
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Default Must stops (or better destination?) on way from Vancouver (Canada) to Seattle

Any really cool stops on the drive down to Seattle? Or are there any more interesting towns in that direction to spend the day?

I plan on going to Trader Joes, so South in my direction.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:41 AM
 
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When I went to Seattle I crossed over to the islands and approached Seattle via ferry. I don't remember the exact route, it was a long tiome ago but if I remember correctly we stopped in Bellingham first (pretty little town) and then took Highway 20 throught the islands. We camped at a place called Scenic Beach State Park which was nice.

Seattle is well worth seeing - if you like history, make sure you do the underground tour.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:55 AM
 
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Should I instead spend time in the skagit valley for the tulips?
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:09 AM
 
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Should I instead spend time in the skagit valley for the tulips?
Yes!

I'd take I-5 south to Bellingham. There are a few things to see in Bellingham, but I haven't explored there in 10 years, so not sure if Fairhaven, etc. is worth checking out.

Drive through town to Chuckanut Drive and take that south. From there you can visit the tulips or head west to Anacortes. If you like scenic drives and nice parks, do the Washington Park loop drive. It is a good way to get a taste of the San Juan Islands without visiting there. Washington Park is in the far NW corner of town just past the ferry terminal.

South of Anacortes is Deception Pass, which is Washington's most popular state park and great place to take a short hike. Probably a better summer destination, but then it is also more crowded.

La Conner is a neat little former fishing village turned tourist town. It is right next to the tulip fields, so easy to see both.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:15 AM
 
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If you're in no hurry, take Chuckanut Drive. See the flowers in the Skagit Delta. Drive to the top of Mount Erie and check out the view. Head south on 20 and check out Deception Pass. Stop at Fort Casey and explore a little and enjoy the view of Admiralty Inlet and the Olympics and Port Townsend. Continue south on 20 and take the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry. Follow 99 south to Trader Joes in Lynnwood.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:34 AM
 
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If you're in no hurry, take Chuckanut Drive. See the flowers in the Skagit Delta. Drive to the top of Mount Erie and check out the view. Head south on 20 and check out Deception Pass. Stop at Fort Casey and explore a little and enjoy the view of Admiralty Inlet and the Olympics and Port Townsend. Continue south on 20 and take the Clinton-Mukilteo ferry. Follow 99 south to Trader Joes in Lynnwood.
This is an excellent suggestion. When you get to Deception Pass, be sure to walk across the bridge. Ha ha...well worth the spine tingling feeling.

As to the tulip festival, (Check out LaConner if you have time) you can call and get updates as to the blooms...

Skagit Tulip Festival
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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Bellingham has a Trader Joe's, as well.
2410 James Street Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 734-5166
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:00 PM
 
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If you like video games you could try out AFK Tavern in Everett.
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Old 05-14-2012, 08:18 AM
 
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Default Cool stops?

Cool stops? Well it has been a number of years, but my wife and I enjoyed Bellingham, Deception Pass, Laconner (especially having lunch at Laconner pub and feeding the seagulls) . We did see Wayne Lavallee(sp?) perform along the channel at the edge of town. A truly gifted native American singer/songwriter. His wife had been working the streets getting people to come watch his show. Well worth it. We even bought one of his cds. LaConner always seems to have something new each time we have visited. Unfortunately my wife's parents moved to Oregon to a retirement facility. We would have loved to purchase their home in Shelter Bay. What a magical place. Sorry for the rambling. Long and short, LaConner and Deception Pass get my vote. You mentioned the tulip festival. I will warn you ahead of time. The traffic in LaConner and surrounding areas at that time is outrageous. Thick as fleas on a hound dog!

On another note, does anyone have any info on LaConner,Mount Vernon,Anacortes,Bellingham,Sequim,Port Angeles ? We have been to all of these places and plan to visit them again(soon hopefully). Just looking for an update on how those communities are doing. Like I said, it has been a number of years since we have been there(2007 or 2008). We live in Indiana and visit my mom in McMinnville Oregon. We are really itching to get out to WA . We enjoyed it so much and are still planning on moving to that area. Darn economy and housing market!!!

Peace,
WC@H

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