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Address: Route 11, WA
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Activities: Driving, Dining
Description: Chuckanut Drive is located between Bow and Fairhaven (Bellingham), WA...
Chuckanut Drive is located between Bow and Fairhaven (Bellingham), WA. Built in 1909, as an original scenic roadway, above Chuckanut Bay.
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Explore the Chuckanut!

I was alerted to the existence of this picturesque, scenic drive by locals who insisted I must experience it. I listened and was rewarded by the amazing vistas, towering forests... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Kamloops BC

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Kamloops BC
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I was alerted to the existence of this picturesque, scenic drive by locals who insisted I must experience it. I listened and was rewarded by the amazing vistas, towering forests and cliff faces that comprise State Route 11. It is touted as a "slow-paced alternative to Interstate-5". Any route allowing you to escape the break-neck speeds that characterize the I-5,... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

An evening drive along Chuckanut Drive is a feast for the eyes as the sun sets behind the San Juan Islands. Especially good when the tide is high, but anytime is worth a trip. Stop at Larrabee State Park to get closer to the water.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I have done this drive twice now and it is gloriously beautiful. To be fair, both times I have done it, I have been blessed with lovely weather. The drive is twisty and narrow, but between the trees and the ocean views, it is definitely a must do!

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Seattle
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60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I never tire of this drive with breathtaking views out of the water to the San Juan Islands. This was once considered part the Pacific Highway drive from SanDiego or so it said on the information board. Opposing directions offer different viewpoints of course and well worth the extra time instead of taking route 5 to Bellingham from Burlington. Be... More 

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Prince George, Canada
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Took this drive at the advice of a friend and was not disappointed. Stopped to take in some trails at Lost Lake and had a great time. A little extra time on the road but well worth the diversion.

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Port Coquitlam
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I've driven the chuckanut many times on my Goldwing. It's scenic windy road is a treat for any motorcyclist. Several stops at viewpoints offer outstanding views of the ocean and San Juan Islands. Top it off with a short run to Edson and then back home. If you've got the time drive over to Annacortes. Great little town with a... More 

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Portsmouth, VA
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35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

On our way back to Seattle from Vancouver, my family and I decided to take Chuckanut Drive down the coast so that we could experience some of the coast. We are so glad that we did! It has beautiful views and there are many pull-off areas where you can stop to take pictures.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Everyone should take a trip down Chuckanut Drive at least once - some beautiful views and pullouts to take pictures or just ponder.

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Henderson, Nevada
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187 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

What a beautiful drive just off Interstate 5, we started just outside Bellingham and drove south towards Seattle. We were fortunate to be there during low tide for some of the drive and could see the oyster beds that were being grown. We only observed from the road, as we didn't want to disturb anything. Wonderful place to take some... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Chuckanut Drive is a few miles off the I-5 just south of Bellingham, Washington. The scenery is spectacular. It is well worth the extra time to enjoy the ocean views. If you have time there are several hiking trails, some as short as 1 mile, to get out and enjoy the forest. Pick up a picnic lunch before heading out... More 

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