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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1. Clinton

Discovering Clinton takes you on an adventure through rural back roads with surprises and beauty around every corner. This vibrant historical community has been around since the early 1800’s and has always been a travel destination.

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2. Langley

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.

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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.

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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.

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5. Coupeville

The state’s second-oldest community, Coupeville, sits on the edge of Penn Cove, and the mussels harvested here are world famous! Stroll down the dock to the wharf or boat in to the public marina. Downtown shops feature the work of local artists, and the restaurants offer the freshest seafood you can get! Nearby Meerkerk Rhododendron Garden is open all year, but spring and summer you will see the most variety of color. Fort Casey State Park and Admiralty Head Lighthouse are visitor favorites. Take the Langley Loop to nearby Langley By The Sea for more great dining options and view of Camano Island.

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6. Oak Harbor

Home to the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor residents are as patriotic as they come! Exhibits at the Naval Air Museum explore the local role in WWII military action and promote understanding of the history of the PBY aircraft and all other aircraft flown from NAS Whidbey Island. Windjammer Park overlooking the town’s namesake waterway features a Shipwreck Shores Splash Park, a walking trail, playground, picnic areas, open space, beach access, and swimming lagoon. Be aware, jets frequently fly maneuvers around the area, and they can be startlingly loud – and fascinating to watch!

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7. Deception Pass Bridge & State Park

Deception Pass Bridge spans the gap between Whidbey Island and Fildalgo Island. The iconic views attract thousands of visitors each year. Several parking areas allow foot traffic on the bridge, but the sidewalk is very narrow, so plan accordingly. Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island is 4,134 acres, and offers docks for boat moorage, freshwater and saltwater fishing, crabbing, and swimming. Miles of hiking trails offer views of inland lakes and Puget Sound islands. Anacortes Kayak Tours offer sea-kayak trips through Deception Pass and beyond. The Maiden of Deception Pass story pole is located in the Rosario Beach area of the park, on Fidalgo Island.

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