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Washington Cascade Mountains and Valleys Sights

Chuckanut Drive

Updated 04/07/2013

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Highway 11, also known as Chuckanut Drive, was once the only highway heading south from Bellingham. The drive begins in Fairhaven, reaches the flat farmlands of the Samish Valley near the village of Bow, and joins up with I–5 at Burlington, in Skagit County; the full loop can be made in a couple of hours. For a dozen miles this 23-mile road winds along the cliffs above beautiful Chuckanut and Samish bays. It twists its way past the sheer sandstone face of Chuckanut Mountain

and crosses creeks with waterfalls. Turnouts are framed by gnarled madrona trees and pines and offer great views of the San Juan Islands. Bald eagles cruise along the cliffs or hang out on top of tall firs. Drive carefully: the cliffs are so steep in places that rock slides are common; closures occasionally happen in winter.

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Hwy. 11, starting in Fairhaven at 12th St. and Old Fairhaven Pkwy., Bellingham, Washington, USA

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Updated 04/07/2013

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