Northwest Washington boasts intense natural beauty, from volcanic mountains to pristine national parks. Between the dense foliage and the breathtaking sights lies an abundance of activities to participate in, including arts and culture, outstanding cuisine, and plenty of delectable wines. Perhaps most travelers seek to visit Northwest Washington for scenic pleasures. Whether you’re interested in nature, nautical history, or culture, you’ll be sure to find it amongst the bays. Due to the vibrant spirit of the area, it’s no surprise that motorcycle riders from near and far come to congregate and experience this beautiful area together. So, if you’re intrigued by the eclectic flair that radiates out of this fine area, open up your Thirsty Biker apps, and let’s get down to business. In episode 34 of the Thirsty Biker Chronicles, we’re exploring the bays of Northwest Washington State.

Must-See Stops

Rock Fish Grill sign

We begin our explorations of Northwest Washington in Bellingham at the State Street Bar, known as one of the best dive bars in the area. Its casual atmosphere makes it easy to settle in and relax after a long day of riding. You have everything you need, from golden fried bar food to ice-cold beverages. Home-cooked cuisine, smiling faces, and a no-nonsense attitude…how could you not fall in love with this place? Once you’re ready to move on, we recommend stopping at The Old Edison in Bow, famous for its oysters, live entertainment, and fun-loving atmosphere. This town favorite prides itself on serving locally sourced food, from homegrown ranch meats and oysters to handmade bread and creamery delights. Whatever you’re craving, The Old Edison has it, and it’s all made right in the area.

When it’s time to explore more of Northwest Washington, you won’t want to miss Rockfish Grill & Anacortes Brewery in Anacortes. Rockfish prides itself on serving locally sourced ingredients. They’re famous for their signature sandwiches, creative entrees, and craft brews from the conveniently located next-door brewery. As the longest-running music venue in the county, Rockfish proudly features regional and national blues and jazz musicians weekly. If you’re looking to be taken back in time to the area’s maritime days, The Brown Lantern Alehouse in Anacortes will get you there. Since 1933, The Brown Lantern has served Northwest Washington staples to its loyal fans, having been awarded “Best Tavern” and “Best Hamburger” for 18 years.

The Ride

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It’s no secret that riders love taking trips through Washington State. The unbelievable sights surrounding you make for a very relaxing experience. You’ll be awe-struck by the backdrop of ice-capped mountains while eclectic towns greet you along the way, each offering something unique to your ride. As always, not every road you’re riding on will be an easy outing. Watch out for twists and turns, narrow roadways, and gawking tourists, but if you’re looking for a ride to experience this summer, this one is it. So, Thirsty Bikers, let’s get ready for a ride like no other as we discover what lies beyond the bays of Washington State. Fire up your apps, jump in the saddle, and ride.

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