Wrapped in epic landscapes, Deception Pass State Park is a must-see. Whidbey Island, Anacortes, and the San Juan Islands surround this Northwestern gem! If you’ve been to the Seattle area before, this is your opportunity to dig a little deeper and experience yet another incredible destination in Western Washington.
In the summer, millions of visitors explore this stunning collection of jagged cliffs, ripping currents, and secret coastlines–making Deception Pass Washington’s most-visited State Park. With huge views of the the San Juan Islands, the Salish Sea, the Olympic Mountains, and Vancouver Island, it’s no wonder why this hidden highlight is so well-loved! While it’s a hot spot in the summer, we also love it in the winter when migrating birds return and tourists head home. Few places are more perfectly Northwestern!
We’ll bring coffee and tea to ward off those crisp Salish Sea mornings and a beautiful local lunch to maximize our time in the park and around Whidbey Island.
9a: Depart Seattle for the Mukilteo Ferry
We’ll pick you up wherever you’re staying in the Seattle area and make our way north on I-5 to the Mukilteo Ferry. It’s just a short ride to Whidbey Island where our adventures begin!
10:30a: Explore Whidbey Island
Beginning on the southern end of the largest island in the Puget Sound, your journey may include short walks to stand underneath ancient trees, a stop in charming Coupeville to check out a local museum, or a visit at historic Fort Casey State Park.
12:30p: Lunch with a view
We may make it all the way to Deception Pass State Park before pulling out our lunch spread for a picnic, or we’ll stop somewhere along the way.
2:00p Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park reveals a hidden pocket of rugged wilderness and unbelievable history replete with smuggling and shipwrecks. We’ll take our time clambering over rocky beaches, exploring the woods with a constant view of the water, and keeping our eyes peeled for sea otters.
4:00p Head for Seattle
We’ll take our time on our way back to Seattle, driving up to the top of Mt. Erie for an incredible view of the Skagit Valley or puttering through La Conner in search of a farm stand featuring the Valley’s exceptional produce.