Downtown Arlington has a charming main street dotted with shops and restaurants. If you like walking, hiking or biking, hop on the Centennial Trail. This 23 mile paved trail connects Snohomish, Lake Stevens and the city of Arlington. This trail not only takes you through the area’s natural beauty, but it is dotted with local artwork too.
The city council of Arlington has an ordinance to set aside moneys from building projects to purchase public art. Consequently,Arlington now features over 30 pieces of public art. These include murals, sculptures, art banners, benches and an interactive musical instrument exhibit.
Arlington is a great jumping off point for the Mountain Loop Scenic Byway. This highway is part pavement and part gravel and is only open late spring through early fall. A favorite of the locals, this little known byway is more of a curve than a loop. It starts in Darrington, travels east and then loops back westward, ending in Granite Falls. Along the 55 miles route are a number of hiking trails, picnic areas and camping opportunities with stunning mountain and river views. You can hike and visit the only honest ghost town on the western slope of the Cascades, Monte Cristo an old gold mining town. There are a number of forest service trails that offer easy – difficult hiking. The Old Sauk trail is great for families and is also wheelchair accessible.
Every July Arlington features the Arlington Fly In, one of the friendliest fly in events in the US. With over 1000 aircraft, this event draws over 55,000 people each year.
Just south of Arlington on I-5 are the Seattle Premium Outlets. This up scale outlet mall includes over 130 designer names and has something for everyone. It is a destination for those traveling from Seattle to Canada to the north.
Weather in Arlington Washington and Getting There
You can reach Arlington by car from Seattle in less than 1 hour traveling north on I-5.
The weather in Arlington Washington is mild. Highs in summer can reach the mid to upper 70’s. Winter the average low temps are in the mid 30’s. Set in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Arlington can get a few dustings of snow each year.