Chart Your Motel Road Trip North of Seattle
Author: Richard Porter | Illustrator: Sierra Rozario
What’s not to love about a road trip? Traveling by car gives you the autonomy and spontaneity you need to see the world at your own pace and travel where you want to go.
Want to see the true PNW on four wheels? Here’s where to stop as you cruise along the coast of the Salish Sea and meander through the backroads of the Cascades.
Arlington Motor Inn
Headed out on the Mountain Loop Highway or the Arlington Fly-in? End your trip by resting your head at the Arlington Motor Inn and basking in the view of the Cascades from your window.
2214 WA-530, Arlington, WA 98223
Dutch Cup Motel
This is one of the last stops to pull off the road before you head over Stevens Pass in the Cascade Mountains. Cozy little place around the corner from the Sultan Bakery.
819 Main St, Sultan, WA 98294
Inn at Port Gardner
Stay in a classy inn by the sea and eat next door at Lombardi’s Italian Restaurant or Anthony’s HomePort Marina. You can even sail into the Inn if you end up travelling sans-car. You might see a sea lion or a harbor seal on the docks.
1700 W Marine View Dr, Everett, WA 98201
If you’re in town for the Evergreen State Fair or headed to Steven’s Pass for a day of snow sports, stay in this humble motel next to Woods Creek.
20310 Old Owen Rd, Monroe, WA 98272
Stevens Pass Motel
Located right off Highway 2 in the blink-and-you-miss-it town of Gold Bar, this historic building can be used as basecamp for a day of mountain adventures.
809 Croft Ave, Gold Bar, WA 98251
The Stanwood Hotel & Saloon
This historic building was built in the 1890s when the young city was on the far edge of the western frontier. Supposedly haunted, this place has been repeatedly investigated by paranormal researchers. The consensus seems to be: yes, there are ghosts.
26926 102nd Ave NW, Stanwood, WA 98292