Seattle and Portland are what come to mind for a lot of people when they think of the Pacific Northwest. However, the northwestern corner of America, made up of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, offers so much more than those big cities. There is an abundance of wonderful, wild, and whimsical small towns waiting to be discovered throughout the region.
Any Pacific Northwest vacation has to include stops in the spaces between in order to appreciate all of the amazing natural and cultural wonders the area has to offer. Here are eight small towns to consider stopping in for your next trip through Cascadia.
About 45 minutes north of Seattle, you’ll find Whidbey Island sitting in the middle of Puget Sound. A car trip from tip to tip, starting at Deception Pass and ending with a ferry ride back to the mainland, is an ideal PNW day. Specifically, however, the seaside town of Langley should be your destination here. This quaint village offers up an idyllic setting with a collection of homey restaurants, local shops, and eye-catching art galleries. There’s also a burgeoning craft beer scene around town worth sampling. If you happen to see a pod of Orcas swim past in Saratoga Passage, make sure to ring the Whale Bell so everyone knows.