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

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.

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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 was founded by Ann and Max Meerkerk in the early 1960's. Enchanted by Whidbey Island, they began the Gardens with 13 acres. Together, they visualized creating a Pacific Northwest style woodland garden enveloped by a forest preserve. The Rothschild's Exbury Gardens in England, Max's life in Asia, and Washington's native Rhododendron macrophyllum influenced the Meerkerks.

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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

Quiet waterfront farming community located in the heart of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, filled with scenic views, cute shops, and amazing restaurants.

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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.

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7. Deception Pass Bridge & State Park

Crossing onto Whidbey Island over Deception Pass is one of the region's spectacular driving moments. It's a thrill whether it's your first drive or your thousandth time across. Stop and take lots of pictures using #scenicwa

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