The largest of the Puget Sound islands, Whidbey Island offers a multitude of recreational activities and tourist attractions. Numerous beaches, parks, campgrounds, and quaint shops call Whidbey Island home, as well as a variety of fairs and festivals throughout the year.
On the north side of Whidbey Island, you'll find Deception Pass State Park, and from the Deception Pass Bridge you'll discover some of the most beautiful views of the Puget Sound. Park your car in the small lot at the south end of the bridge and walk out along the pedestrian walkway on either side of the bridge for some stunning photo opportunities. The park is also home to several beaches - our favorite is North Beach, where you can relax with a picnic lunch, a view of the bridge, and the sound of water gently lapping up on the shore.
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The historic town of Langley is a great little spot for spending an afternoon shopping. You'll find a variety of unique shops, art galleries, and eateries along its pedestrian-friendly streets, all within easy walking distance of each other. Browse the rare books at Lowry-James, indulge in some fine chocolates from Sweet Mona's, head down the First Street Park hill toward the totem poles for great views of the Sound.
Oak Harbor offers up its own shopping experience with its Harborside Shops, where you'll find a variety of specialty stores, art galleries, and eateries along the waterfront. If history is your thing, Coupeville boasts more than 50 structures on the National Register of Historic Places - enjoy a self-guided history tour with a free map from the Island County Historical Society Museum. Coupeville is also home to Fort Ebey State Park, a 645-acre camping park that was originally built as a coastal defense fort in World War II, and Fort Casey State Park, a 467-acre marine camping park with a lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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