Seattle Day Trip Guide: Bellingham, Washington
About an hour drive north of Seattle and just 20 miles south of the Canadian border, Bellingham, Washington, is a breathtaking gateway to outdoor adventure. Getting there on the scenic route—pro tips: take Chuckanut Drive, stop for pastries and seafood—is half the fun.
Here’s a taste of what Bellingham has to offer.
Take the scenic route
Drive ten miles of gorgeous cliffside byway.
Makeworth Coffee Roasters
Serene coffee scene
Bright, open, and airy, the two-story location in downtown Bellingham features small-batch roasts and easy breakfast (tacos!).
Taylor Shellfish Farms
Sample oysters, clams, and the infamous geoduck (their words, not ours).
Mallard Ice Cream
Stop for a scoop
Get a cone, sundae, shake or a hand-packed pint in one of 25 delicious—and often rotating—flavors.
Baked goods with curbside pick-up
Grab freshly made sweets and explore Bow, Washington’s local shops.
Rock & Rye Oyster House
Another seafood option (among many!)
If you don’t stop at Taylor’s along the way, swing by Rock & Rye Oyster House for happy hour on the deck.
Local history at its finest
The Whatcom offers three options—try the Lightcatcher Building (above), which focuses on Northwest Coast Salish tribes history and culture.