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Whidbey Island and Deception Pass State Park

Seattle Tourism--Attractions Outside of Seattle


Deception Pass Bridge

Deception Pass Bridge


Deception Pass

  View from Deception Pass Bridge


Whidbey is a large island located an hour’s drive north of Seattle.  It has one of the editor’s favorite natural places to visit--  Deception Pass State Park. This is the most popular park in the State of Washington park system. It is located on the northern end of Whidbey Island.  It is a delightful place to explore.  At low tide, you can walk on the beach.  The beach is loaded with beautiful glacial rocks that have been worn smooth by the tidal action for millions of years.  The rocks come in a wide variety of colors and when they are wet, they put on quite a natural art show.  On the beach are numerous giant stalks of seaweed and lovely driftwood. 


Whidbey Island State Park Beach

Whidbey Island beach



Whidbey Island Beach

Beautiful rock layers on the Whidbey Island beach


Deception Pass State Park is named for the strait between the mainland and the island.  The water flowing in the narrow strait carries a powerful current and it is quite scenic viewed from the bridge spanning Deception Pass. For photographers, shots from the bridge can be spectacular.

Whidbey Island Beach Colorful Rocks

Colorful rocks on the Whidbey Island beach


In the winter and early spring, you may spot a bald eagle peering at the world from his perch at the top of a tree.

Whidby Island Bald Eagle


Please click here to see the State of Washington Parks Department web information for Deception Pass State Park. 

In the spring, plan on teaming up a trip to Deception Pass State Park with a visit to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.



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