Hub of the surrounding farming area. Conway was once a shingle manufacturing center but is now a community of small farms on the Skagit Delta. It was named for an early shingle mill operator.
The road parallels the Sound, which is, however, hidden from view by the embankment of the Great Northern Railway. Like a sluggish stream, a wide drainage ditch winds along the west side of the road. Then the route swings up a grade and affords a splendid view of the valley floor overlooking a checker-board of tilled fields, farm homes, and scattered groves of fruit trees. Across the strips of Skagit Bay and Port Susan rise the tall headlands of Whidbey and Camano Islands.