Whidbey Scenic Isle Way
Located entirely on a single island and a mere hour from downtown Seattle, this byway is as accessible as it is leisurely; twenty minutes of the journey includes a relaxing Washington State ferry ride. The transformation from mainland to island is not just physical—it is also psychological. The pace of life slows, traffic jams are non-existent; tension vanishes.
Welcome to “island time.” You’ll find art studios and galleries tucked in among small boutiques, coffee shops, wineries and microbreweries. Take a walk on a sandy beach or watch whales from the shore. The salt air, friendly people and local fare allow you to renew yourself for whatever life tosses your way next.
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Clinton is referred to “the Gateway to Whidbey Island”, and has shopping, farms, restaurants and is conveniently located right next to the ferry. Other local activities include roads perfect for cycling, beaches for walks or boating, scenic drives, and lodging entails adorable bed and breakfasts, and seaside cottages.Read More
Perched on a bluff on Whidbey Island, overlooking the waters of Saratoga Passage and the Cascade Mountains, Langley’s quiet streets are lined with historic buildings, book stores, antique shops, clothing boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Walk the streets of Langley, Whidbey Island’s “Village by the Sea,” and you will know what it’s like to escape from ordinary life.Read More
3. Meerkerk Gardens
Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, a nonprofit garden open to the public, encompasses 10 acres of display and educational gardens enveloped by forty-three acres of woodland preserve with 4+ miles of nature trails. The cultivated areas contain a renowned collection of hybrid and species rhododendrons in a woodland garden setting. Trails are maintained throughout the gardens. The gazebo area is suitable for small gatherings and picnics. Dogs are always welcome on leash. Admission is $5 per person.
To enrich and inspire visitors of all ages through the experience of a peaceful woodland garden showcasing rhododendrons.
4. Fort Casey State Park
Fort Casey State Park is a 467-acre marine camping park with a lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A coast artillery post features two 10-inch and two 3-inch historic guns on display. The park features 10,810 feet of saltwater shoreline on Puget Sound (Admiralty Inlet), and includes Keystone Spit, a two-mile-plus stretch of land separating Admiralty Inlet and Crocket Lake.Read More
6. Oak Harbor
Nestled at the water’s edge, Oak Harbor is a vibrant community packed with activity for families of all ages. The unparalleled beauty of Deception Pass boasts expansive views and unforgettable sunsets and serves as a fitting backdrop to the myriad of outdoor adventures that await.Read More