Whidbey Island is located in Washington State’s Puget Sound and is only about an hour and a half drive from Seattle. You can take the Mukilteo Ferry to Clinton or drive across the Deception Pass bridge to get there. Depending on where you are coming from you can do a day trip or spend the whole weekend there! If you have the time, spend a night or two, so you can check out everything that Whidbey has to offer!
What to Do:
Whidbey is one of Washington’s largest islands so there is plenty to see and do!
Langley & Coupeville
One of my favorite things is to explore the cute little coastal towns of Langley and Coupeville. Both have lots of unique little shops and boutiques. I picked up some nice local gifts at the Star Store in Langley. You can also check out the Langley Whale Center and ask about any recent Orca sightings! Then take a walk along the beach (maybe you’ll spot a whale yourself!) In Coupeville, you can stroll down the pier and check out the shops and restaurant at the end of the wharf!
Address: 765 Wonn Rd, Greenbank, WA 98253
Drive 15 minutes south of Coupeville and make sure you stop by Greenbank Farm. It has been around since 1904 and there’s something for everyone here! Picture worthy gardens, little shops, places to eat and wine tastings! This is also a great spot to pick up local goodies that make perfect gifts—for you or someone else!
Fort Ebey & Fort Casey
These State Parks are some of the most beautiful places on Whidbey Island (if not all of WA state), and are a definite must-see if you’re on the island. Fort Ebey and Fort Casey boast beautiful landscapes, water views and have interesting history. I love that you can explore the old gun batteries and forts. Bring a flashlight! Also, the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is nearby so there’s a good chance you will see a US Navy Jet fly over. Walking along the bluffs at Fort Ebey is seriously breathtaking! These are Washington State Parks so don’t forget to bring your Discover Pass otherwise you will pay a day use fee. There are lots of open fields at both parks for picnics, frisbee and flying kites!
Deception Pass State Park is definitely a popular spot if you are visiting Whidbey Island. This is on the very northern tip and is one way you can access Whidbey Island from the mainland. There is a lot to see and do here! There are oceanfront beaches, big rocks with tide pools, hiking trails in the woods, lakes for canoeing/kayaking and of course the jaw-dropping Deception Pass bridge! If you are not too afraid of heights I would walk across the bridge (there is a pedestrian path) because it really is a stunning vantage point. However, there are spots on either side for you to park and enjoy the view without walking across. Fun fact: My husband proposed to me at Deception State Park! (Near where the first picture is by the beach).
Where to Eat + Drink
There are so many fun and delicious eateries on Whidbey Island so I’ll just name a few. The Cove is a great little casual seafood place out at the end of the pier in Coupeville. You can eat inside or take it out on the outdoor patio to enjoy views of Penn Cove! We also went to Sunshine Drip Coffee Lounge for morning pastries and coffee in Coupeville.
This last visit to Whidbey Island my husband and I stayed at Captain Whidbey and they had fantastic seafood as well, I’d recommend stopping by for a bite & a drink even if you don’t plan to say there!
There are also several fantastic local distilleries and wineries. I particularly enjoy Whidbey Island Distillery in Langley and found their tour to be interesting & informative. Their Blackberry Liqueur is amazing!
Another option is to have a picnic at a park! Stop by a local market for something fresh and take it to a state park and enjoy the magnificent views.
Where to Stay
If you are coming from the Greater Seattle area you can totally just make Whidbey a day trip. However, spending the night can help you maximize your time and make it into a mini vacation! There are plenty of options whether you prefer a hotel, Airbnb or want to go camping at one of the State Parks! My favorite places to stay on Whidbey Island are the Captain Whidbey Inn and Luna Shores (VRBO).
I hope this guide helps you navigate all that Whidbey Island has to offer! Have you ever been to Whidbey Island or are you planning a trip? Comment down below!
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