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Washington's Secret: Whidbey Island

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A June 2000 trip to Whidbey Island by travel2000

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Quote: I visited Whidbey Island on my way from Vancouver to Seattle. This trip was recommended by a close friend in New York, who had grown up on Whidbey island and goes back to his cabin there every summer. Some beautiful scenery here, with cute intimate towns along the way.

Washington's Secret: Whidbey Island

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Overview

deception pass Photo, Whidbey Island, Washington
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Deception Pass, going over the bridge high above a gorge, with the misty islands on one side and the trees, the atmosphere. Then walking underneath the bridge, down the trails which lead to the bottom to the water's edge. Such beauty nature offers. All the cute towns like Coupeville and Langley. The coffee here, which was one of the best in the US. This is coming from someone who thinks Italian coffee is still the best. I was surprised to find the boasting of Washington coffee rings true.Quick Tips: I would recommend spending two days on the island. The towns of Coupeville and Langley offer fantastic views and cute historic streets and buildings. There are many bed and breakfasts offered, and...Read More

Deception Pass State Park

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Attraction | "Deception Pass"

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We reached Whidbey Island by driving over the Deception Pass Bridge at the northern tip of the island. After driving through tree covered windy roads, we caught a glimpse of the bridge and the gorge it spans over. The view from the bridge is absolutely amazing. It is a spectacle of sea, evergreen trees, rocky bluffs, a place for contemplation, reflection and surrender to mother nature. Keep your eye out for the famous bald eagles, where they are found in abundance in this region. You can park your car at the turn-off point at the end of the bridge, There is asmall parking lot with bathroom facilities. From there, you can take the trails down the cliffs, with views under the bridge and a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2000

Deception Pass State Park
Whidbey Isalnd, Washington
Whidbey Island, Washington
(360) 902-8844

Coupeville Sights & Attractions

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Attraction | "Coupeville"

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A waterfront historic picturesque town. Here, you can stroll down memory lane in the middle of town, stop by for lunch or coffee and ice cream, then kick off your shoes and continue out to beach to enjoy the birds and soak in the view. Coupeville is the second oldest town in Washington and definitely has character. The shops and galleries are fun to look in. I bought some cool t-shirts for nieces and nephews with sea otters, seals and whale sketches on them. The old Victorian style houses are beautifully restored and maintained. The people we met were very friendly and talkative. Check out the Visitors Center, at 302 N. Main St., for information on inns and bed and breakfasts. Though we didn't spend t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2000

Coupeville Sights & Attractions
302 North Main Street
Whidbey Island, Washington
(360) 678-5434

Langley

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Langley is close to the Mukilteo ferry, which takes you back to the mainland of Washington. This is a small town with relaxed atmosphere and pretty streets filled with art galleries, antique stores, local shops, restaurants, pastry shops, pubs and of course, coffee houses. There are well-kept courtyards, alleys, all filled with colorful flowers. A very pleasant walk around town, with views both on-shore and off-shore.From Langley, you can see the Saratoga Passage, Camano Island, and the beautiful Cascades mountains. Also look out for blue herons and sometimes even sea lions. The locals told me that there are also whales in the area, but we were not lucky enough to spot ...Read More

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Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve

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Ebey's Landing actually includes both historic sights, waterfront town of Coupeville, and two state parks. The landscape is preserved in its original state so that the view you see of the historic farms, forests, prairies, and century-old buildings are as they were when New England sea captains first came upon the island a century ago. Of particular note are Admiralty Inlet, Penn Cove and the views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. The 25 square mile reserve includes both private and public property, something unusual for National Parks. To better enjoy this land, pick up a brochure with history and maps of the trails available at the kiosk near the Coupeville wharf. There are many...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2000

Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
P.O. Box 774
Whidbey Island, Washington 98239
(360) 678-6084

Fort Casey

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A fort from the turn of the century and the Admiralty Head Lighthouse. The setting for both historic sights are picture-perfect. We made a short stop and took a stroll the fort. There are some ladders and tunnels within the bunkers, which seemed opened to be explored. You can watch passing ships from afar-it's a busy shipping line in the waters afar. Nearby the fort is a beautiful lake called Crockett Lake. This is a nice pit stop if you have time.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 27, 2000

Fort Casey
7150 Cleanwater Lane
Whidbey Island, Washington 98504-2650
(360) 902-8844

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