Washington State Ferry Service
Cities and Towns of Northwest Washington
Historic waterfront communities, berry farms, wildlife and tulip fields exploding with color showcase the lower Skagit Valley. Far up the valley, peaks of the Cascade Mountains soar to the sky while a spectacular stretch of highway leads into the North Cascades National Park.
In between these extremes, quaint communities and nature's bounty combine to provide inviting adventures. Just an hour from Seattle, charming La Conner appears to be posing for a postcard at every angle with its bustling waterfront shops and galleries, mesmerizing mix of masts on working and pleasure craft, and sleek bridge over the waterway; all guarded by glacier-clad Mt. Baker.
Nearby Anacortes is the crown of Fidalgo Island, the only San Juan Island accessible by bridge. Anacortes is a natural destination for those seeking sailing and power yacht charters, whale-watching excursions, kayak and scuba outfitters as well as charming restaurants, shops and galleries. Washington State Ferries offer daily sailings from Anacortes to the rest of the San Juan Islands as well as to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Recently named the Best Small City in America, attractive Mount Vernon drapes the banks of the Skagit River. Mount Vernon is the hub for the county's booming bulb growing industry and host city for the annual Tulip Festival. The historic downtown area is full of diverse shopping and eighteen great restaurants. The new Eagle Rock Challenge course boasts activities for any outdoor adventures.
Two renowned roads are prominent in Burlington. Here, cliff-hugging Chuckanut Drive begins its way to Bellingham with powerful views of the San Juan Islands en route. Meanwhile, the North Cascades Highway leaves the population corridor here for rural stretches of river valley and rugged mountains. The 76-mile run of this highway through Skagit County is a popular stretch of the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway.
Concrete's name comes from its cement-making heritage but its setting is anything but over paved. With magnificent Mt. Baler and Shannon Lakes as neighbors, Concrete draws hikers, campers, birdwatchers and boaters.
Rockport offers one of Washington's most attractive state parks. Between Rockport and Marblemount, a year-round scenic wildlife scenic corridor and back roads cycling solitude can be found. Salmon fishing and eagle watching are popular throughout the Skagit River Valley but nowhere as much as here.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Benchmark Washington Road & Recreation Atlas, 6th Edition by Benchmark Map. Field-checked Landscape Maps(tm) show complete road detail. The revised recreation guide is organized by categories such as attractions and activities. The metro map section covers the greater Seattle-Tacoma area. Order now...
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Hidden Washington: Including Seattle, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula, Cascades and Columbia River Gorge (Hidden Travel) by Eric Lucas. This author gets to know each community by going from neighborhood to neighborhood. This book will take you to all the great spots while describing both the famous attractions and hidden favorites. Order now...
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