Whidbey Island

Clinton, Washington

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This 60-mile drive stretches across one of Puget Sound’s flat islands. It is reached by ferry in the south and connected to the mainland by bridges in the north. Whidbey Island’s width varies from 1 to 8 miles. It is a delightful string of tiny towns that just charm the dollars off visitors. The island’s population is about sixty thousand people. It is also the longest island in the country, now that New York’s Long Island is considered a peninsula. People surf its western shores under the flight path of jets from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Whidbey Island’s shorelines are mostly steep bluffs, with beaches of stone and sand littered by the tidal wash of logs. The island lies dead ahead of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the 17-mile channel that separates the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island and brings the tides of the Pacific Ocean into Puget Sound. Special attractions: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, hiking, bicycling, picnicking, bird and wildlife watching, scuba diving, fishing, kite flying, boating, photography, beach activities. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Washington

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Scenic Driving Washington

by Steve Giordano (Falcon Guides)

This 60-mile drive stretches across one of Puget Sound’s flat islands. It is reached by ferry in the south and connected to the mainland by bridges in the north. Whidbey Island’s width varies from 1 to 8 miles. It is a delightful string of tiny towns that just charm the dollars off visitors. The island’s population is about sixty thousand people. It is also the longest island in the country, now that New York’s Long Island is considered a peninsula. People surf its western shores under the flight path of jets from the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Whidbey Island’s shorelines are mostly steep bluffs, with beaches of stone and sand littered by the tidal wash of logs. The island lies dead ahead of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the 17-mile channel that separates the Olympic Peninsula and Vancouver Island and brings the tides of the Pacific Ocean into Puget Sound. Special attractions: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, hiking, bicycling, picnicking, bird and wildlife watching, scuba diving, fishing, kite flying, boating, photography, beach activities. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Steve Giordano/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Clinton
Distance: 60
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Washington State Parks
Driving Directions: Directions to Whidbey Island

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