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Road Trip | Seattle to Vancouver, BC

RV Road Trip From Seattle to Vancouver, BC

One of the best ways to enjoy the sites and excitement in the northern part of the Pacific Northwest is to take a road trip, one great option is to travel from Seattle to Vancouver, BC. Both Seattle and Vancouver, as large cities have a wealth of attractions to offer visitors, and along the way there are many more fascinating towns and places to visit.

Seattle is a great city to spend a few days before starting a road trip. The city is filled with museums, family friendly activities, and beautiful outdoor spaces. Visitors can see the city on an amphibious vehicle, ride to the top of the Space Needle and have dinner in the revolving restaurant, ride a ferry to nearby Bainbridge Island for a day trip, explore the Experience Music Project, walk through Pike Place Market, and much more.

Interstate 5 is the most direct route from Seattle to Vancouver. Often the most direct route isn’t the best route to enjoy a road trip. However, I-5 is a gateway to many excellent destinations in Western Washington. Along the way visitors can visit and explore parks, museums, shopping destinations, dining and more.

Stop at the Tulalip Casino just outside of Marysville, north of Everett. This casino is a great place to enjoy an evening of fun. Visitors will find a beautiful resort, with a delicious buffet for dinner. Next door to the casino are some outlet malls, great for a day of shopping.

In the spring visitors along this route can take a detour to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Based in Mount Vernon, visitors can see acres of land covered in beautiful tulips. Each year, this is one of the most popular events in Western Washington. Visitors to the festival can see many beautiful flowers and grab a copy of the original poster for the year.

As you travel north you can take the scenic detour along Chuckanut Drive. Although this drive takes a bit longer it is well worth the time to see some of the beautiful shoreline of Western Washington. One park along the way that all travelers should be sure to stop and enjoy a rest from driving or have a picnic, is Larrabee State Park. Visitors to this park can enjoy all sorts of recreating, or just enjoy a few hours of relaxation.

After taking the scenic detour along Chuckanut Drive, road trippers will enter the fun city of Bellingham. Visitors to Bellingham can plan to stay for a few hours or a few days. No matter how long the stay, Bellingham is filled with fun attractions. Historic downtown Fairhaven is a fun place to spend some time exploring the boutiques. Boulevard Park is a beautiful spot to take a bike ride or walk. The boardwalk along the shore is a peaceful walk. On sunny days the park is full of college students and Bellingham residents playing frisbee and having fun in the sun. After spending a day exploring the boutiques in Fairhaven and enjoying the coast at Boulevard Park, visitors can go to the Colophon Cafe for dinner and a delicious slice of Peanut Butter Pie.

Bellingham is home to Western Washington University, and visitors will find a unique collection of sculptures on the WWU campus. Downtown Bellingham also has many fun little shops, as well as plenty of dining options. Places to stop and enjoy a delicious meal include Casa Que Pasa, which has an amazing potato burrito, The Bagelry is filled with delicious fresh made bagels, Little Cheerful makes amazing breakfast fare, and Mallards’ homemade ice cream is not to be missed.

Just north of Bellingham, travelers on this road trip can stop in the delightful town of Lynden. The Lynden Pioneer Museum has an amazing collection of Pacific Northwest history and artifacts, including the Pioneer Buggy Collection. Lyden also has an annual Tractor Pull and the Northwest Washington Fair, which is a great way to participate in the region’s agriculture.

After passing through Bellingham and Lynden, visitors will be close to the US and Canada border. The border crossing between Blaine, Washington and Surrey, BC is located within the Peace Arch State Park on the US side and the Peace Arch Provincial Park on the British Columbia Side. Although this border crossing is one of the busiest between Canada and the United States, it is still a great place to celebrate the relationship between the two countries. The Peace Arch monument and the park are a great attraction to explore while on the trip.

Sushi lovers will have a great time enjoying the late night sushi found in Richmond and Vancouver. There are all sorts of great sushi places in British Columbia, which are a great place to stop after a long day on the road. Also a great stop in Richmond is the Richmond Museum, which is a great place to learn about the community.

Nearby Victoria is also filled with fun places to visit and things to do. Then upon reaching the final destination, Vancouver, visitors will find attractions and destinations to fill at least a week. Among these are the Fort Langley National Historic Site, the Vancouver Aquarium, taking the Skyride on Grouse Mountain, and seeing  Vancouver by double decker bus.

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