Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys: Places to Explore

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La Conner

Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, Guy Anderson, Mark Tobey, and other painters set up shop in La Conner in the 1940s, and the village on the Swinomish Channel (Slough) has been a haven for artists ever since. In recent years the community has become increasingly popular as a weekend escape for Seattle residents, because it can be reached after a short drive but seems far away.

La Conner has several historic buildings near the waterfront or a short walk up the hill—use the stairs leading up the bluff, or go around and walk up one of the sloping streets—as well as several good shops and restaurants. In summer the village becomes congested with people and cars, and parking can be hard to find. The flat land around La Conner makes for easy bicycling along levees and through the tulip fields. You'll see plenty of fields and farms, and a major attraction in fall and summer are farm stands selling local produce.

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