Everett, Mukilteo, Snohomish, Monroe
The Cascade Loop begins at sea level in the bustling port city of Everett. Everett is just 28 miles north of Seattle via Interstate 5.
Everett is home to the Boeing Airplane Assembly plant, several microbreweries, waterfront restaurants, museums, galleries and cultural amenities expected of a large metropolitan area but without the high prices. Visit the waterfront and shop, dine or take a wildlife or whale watching cruise while enjoying the magnificent views of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
Be sure to schedule some time in Washington State's "antique capital", Snohomish. It is listed on both the state and national registers of historic places. Over 400 antique dealers, restaurants and shops are concentrated in a four-block section of the old town. You can view several of the grand old Victorian homes from the city's lumber and steamboat era with a free self-guiding map.
Monroe has long been a marketing center for Snohomish County dairying and farming. Large dairy farms line the highway throughout the entire region as you begin to ascend the west slope of the Cascades.
*Courtesy the Cascade Loop Association