Sunday suggestion: Day trip along Chuckanut Drive

Since the Seahawks aren’t playing Sunday, it might be a good day to take a drive north along winding Chuckanut Drive, photographer David Carlos suggests.

“It takes about 1.5 hours from the Lynnwood area to get to the start of Chuckanut Drive,” he says. “From that point, it’s a 20-mile drive along twisty, boulder-lined roads, with a view of Samish and Bellingham bays to the west. Stop at Taylor Shellfish Farms to shuck oysters, or hike the many trails.

“If you continue the drive, the scenic trip will take you to the historic Fairhaven district of Bellingham, where you can enjoy shopping or dining at the many restaurants.

6 Replies to “Sunday suggestion: Day trip along Chuckanut Drive”

  1. The south end of Chuckanut Drive was completely closed the last time we drove in the area — about a month ago. Is it open now?


  2. Thank you for the informative pictures of Fairhaven or as I knew it in my youth “The South Side”. I lived in that area of Bellingham from birth in 1930 until 1953. Oh, how it has changed, mostly for the better. The pictures really become nostalgic as I remember roaming those streets back then.


  3. Chuckanut Drive, and Fairhaven are two lovely places in the NW. Fairhaven is a great stop and we
    have done so a number of times. Along the way, one is on Chuckanut looking at all the forests, water
    and open land that can be seen. My folks use to drive along Chuckanut when traveling between
    Portland and Vancouver B.C. (before I-5). When we finally landed in Edmonds, it took a while to learn about Chuckanut Drive, talk with the folks about what they did during the early days of the
    Drive, and make our own plans. It was well worth it.


  4. Beautiful photos – and a beautiful drive! Yes it is open all the way. The Historic Fairhaven District in Bellingham is a gorgeous spot for a Sunday drive – and for a mid-week getaway. The state park is Larrabee (not Larramie as the mural caption reads).


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