Recreation is king in Washington’s northwest region
You’ll find the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and laid-back relaxation in Washington’s Northwest Corridor. Spanning from Seattle to British Columbia, this underrated slice of northwestern Washington promises sensational journeys through rugged mountains, shimmering lakes, scenic state parks and charming towns. The region encompasses the Skagit and Whatcom counties, Fidalgo Island, Cascade Mountains and northern Puget Sound, giving you a variety of landscapes. It’s also the perfect gateway to the San Juan Islands to the west.
Tulips and Eagles in Skagit Valley
If you’re departing from Seattle, drive 70 miles north to reach Skagit Valley. This county produces the most tulip, iris and daffodil bulbs in the country, and travelers flock here from far and wide every spring for the renowned Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. From April 1 to 30, the area is covered in millions of vibrant blossoms. Designed as a driving tour, this festival is not restricted to one location and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your car.
Thanks to streams teeming with salmon, western Washington is home to one of the largest bald eagle concentrations in the country. The best place to see these majestic birds of prey is in Skagit Valley. If you’re visiting from mid-December to late January, cruise along Highway 20 or take a trip out to Skagit River to see up to 100 eagles at a time. Birding enthusiasts will want to head to Howard Miller Steelhead Park in Rockport for guided walks and free talks offered by the Skagit River Bald Eagle Awareness Team.
Go Wild in Washington’s State Parks
No trip along the Northwest Corridor is complete without a visit to Deception Pass, Washington’s most-visited state park. Located on Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island, this marine park entices visitors with 4,134 acres of hidden coves, idyllic beaches and jagged cliffs. Also on Fidalgo Island is Anacortes, a charming town of seafood and fun.
Bellingham and Beyond
About 35 miles to the north of Fidalgo Island, Bellingham, is a delightful coastal town with a port and ferry service to British Columbia’s Vancouver Island. In July, the city hosts the Bellingham Festival of Music, one of the nation’s best virtuoso orchestra festivals.
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