Exploring the Nation’s Newest Scenic Byway

With the weather warming up, thoughts are turning to summer vacations and what to do with the COVID-19 Pandemic still holding on. A summer road trip is a great way to travel with plenty of outdoor activities and easier social distancing. 

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One of the highlights of this area is the Deception Pass bridge. It is a very scenic drive and one of the most iconic in Washington. Once you cross the bridge, take time to stop at Deception Pass State Park.

With the soft bounce, only Delta Air Lines has continued to block middle seats through April. It would not comment on an extension. (Alaska Airlines is keeping middle seats open in its Premium Class through May 31).

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Next head to the darling town of Coupeville, and make it your base for a day or two. Stay at the Fort Casey Inn in the historic quarters, which were built for Army officers before World War I. 

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During the pandemic, most airlines eliminated their cancellation and change fees (though Southwest never charged them), but the rules are changing for some of the cheapest fares.

Make sure to have brunch at the First and Union Kitchen, which also has a great bakery onsite. The food is Pacific Northwest style, and you will usually find wild edible mushrooms foraged from local forests. Grab some bakery treats for snacks on your road trip. 

Passengers will still be masking between bites

Move over, Biscoff cookies. Chicken wraps and Coca-Cola are poised to make a comeback. During the pandemic, many airlines reduced or eliminated food service, but this summer, Frontier Airlines plans to resume food sales. United said it will adjust its policies in the coming weeks. Southwest plans to add soft drinks in addition to cups of water with its snacks. Delta implemented a new touchless paying system on March 16 for onboard sales, currently limited to earbuds, but expected to expand to food and drink.

Hello! I am Victoria Rawson. I am city skyline and landscape photographer. I fell in love with photography when I bought my first digital camera Canon 5d Mark II back in 2011.


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