Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Central Coast, CA
Bikes: Surly LHT, Specialized Rockhopper, Nashbar Touring (old), Specialized Stumpjumper (older), Nishiki Tourer (model unknown)
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Weather-wise, I'd say July-August. If you want to miss traffic I guess wait until after Labor Day. Weather in the northwest isn't as bad as people think, except when it is. You're likely to get a nice Indian summer in September/October, but it could also rain steadily for two weeks.
If it were me, I go for the best weather and not worry so much about traffic. There will always be traffic.
I'd go down Chuckanut Drive from Bellingham, then over towards Anacortes. Turn left to go down Whidbey Island via Deception Pass. Deception Pass State Park has really nice sites for bikers, although they charge full price. The next day you'll want to choose: do you want to visit Seattle or not? Seattle is a great city to visit for a few days. Or do you want to avoid the city?
If you want to go to Seattle, continue down Whidbey Island. I usually stay at South Whidbey S. P. Again, nice hiker/biker sites; again, full price. Cross over via ferry to Mukilteo. From there it's not too hard to get into downtown. Download the Seattle bicycle map and take the Interurban. After visiting Seattle, take the ferry to Bremerton, head down Hood Canal (I like to stay at Twanoh S. P.) and pick up the bike route out to the coast.
If you choose to avoid Seattle, then take the right turn on Whidbey Island to Fort Casey and the Port Townsend Ferry. When you get to the other side, pick up the bike route south.
When you get to southwest Washington I can't help you. I was continuing down the Oregon coast when I did it, so I crossed the Columbia into Astoria (on that terrible bridge!) If you did it that way you'd still have a long, 2-day ride on Highway 30 to get to Portland. Check out the Seattle-To-Portland (STP) route.
Have fun! I love bike touring up there.
Last edited by BigBlueToe; 06-12-11 at 09:04 AM.