March 30, 2021 / Natalie Compagno / Red Tricycle

Brake for These Roadside Wonders on Your Next Road Trip

Welcome to Washington, a weird and wacky place! With so much natural beauty here, don’t forget to check out all the roadside oddities while on your next road trip. After all, this is the place where Bigfoot is considered a protected species and a metal goat will eat your garbage. So take a drive on the wild side to find some of the best, don’t-miss, fantastical sights.

Peace Arch State Park

Peace Arch Park - Blaine

The border with Canada is still closed. But you can still drive to Blaine for an odd but rewarding day trip. An international anomaly, the Peace Arch Park and Monument were created in 1921 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the treaties of The War of 1812 and to honor the long-standing peace between Canada and the United States. The Peace Arch monument is situated right on the international border, covering parts of British Columbia as well as Washington. No passport is required to go to the park. Friends, families and acquaintances from both countries use the park as a beautiful, safe meeting place; a "free-zone" of international cooperation. The entire locale has such a positive, welcoming spirit.

The American Kitchen facility is available for rental and the annual Art in the Park is well-attended. Kids love to blow off steam at the playground and large grassy area. Bring up some Seattle Dogs and Fremont Brewery beer to swap for some B.C. wine and Bannock bread. Make new friends!

Nearby Nibbles: Stock up for your picnic at Peace Arch City Café in downtown Blaine, then pop across the street for adult bevvies to-go at Tiny Taproom. It may not be the smallest bar in the West, but it is certainly the most charming.

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