Every time I go a bit out of my way and travel Chuckanut Drive I am reminded of the Robert Frost poem "The Road Not Taken"; the last lines being "I took the one less travelled", "and that has made all the difference". Chuckanut Drive was the first scenic highway in Washington State, carved out of the forest and Chuckanut sandstone cliffs in 1893 to connect Bellingham to Skagit Valley for the purpose of logging. It was a one lane dirt roadway until it was paved in 1921. In 1931 it was designated as a scenic highway. Every bend in the road at 200 feet above sea level provides another spectacular view of the bays, San Juan Islands and the mountains to the West on Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula.
The North entrance to Chuckanut Drive (Highway 11), is I-5 exit 250 in Bellingham. The South entrance is exit 231 in Burlington. Traveling along this scenic 22 mile route you will find many things to do. Sakuma Farms just off Chuckanut Drive on Cook Road has incredible berries, produce, flowers and great ice cream sundaes topped with their fresh berries. Some days you will be treated to a flock of Trumpeter Swans taking flight or Hang Gliders high in the sky over Blanchard Mountain. There are small shops along the way such as the Rhody Two art gallery; Samish Bay Cheese Farm; Anderson Blueberry Farm; Chuckanut Bay Gallery and Bonners Trading Post. The area has morphed into a popular hiking area with trails out of Larrabee State Park to Fragrance Lake, the Bat Caves, and many other special spots. Don't miss Taylor Shellfish Farm on the bay below The Oyster Bar. Keep an eye out for windsurfers on Samish Bay and my favorite, the salmon fishing boats which are an incredible sight, especially at sunset.