Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Whidbey Island, WA

Yesterday my travel buddy and I drove south to Whidbey Island, which is a very long (62 miles) but narrow island just south of Fidalgo Island. The Deception Pass Bridge connects these two islands. Whidbey is relatively flat but has spectacular shorelines, picturesque farming and fishing communities, an abundance of aquatic life, and colorful flora and fauna. There are several small waterfront towns, which cater to artists and tourists alike. No matter where you are on the island, you'll be awestruck by the sweeping views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Peninsula, beaches, forests, prairies, and colorful homesteads. Whidbey Island is one of my favorite places to explore when I'm in Washington. Come take a look...

The stunning Deception Pass Bridge, completed in 1935, connects the two islands...


Here is a typical beach at Ebey's Landing National Historic Preserve...

There are lots of hiking trails on the island...

...which lead you high above the water...

...and give you gorgeous views of farmland and Mt. Baker...

The old pier in Coupeville, a small artist colony...

Views across the calm waters...

Here are some more colorful sights from one of my favorite towns - Coupeville...











You can drive the entire length of the island and then catch a ferry over to the mainland or to the Olympic Peninsula. But no matter what time of year you go, Whidbey Island is a lovely destination.

4 comments:

Chako-chan said...

Hi Linnea! Just as I was wondering where you might me exploring now, I learned that you are in Anacortes. I see spring is everywhere and it has appeal completely different from your last winter trip there. I wish you a wonderful time.

E. Floyd said...

I love these recent travel photos! Spring is in the air and you are capturing it so well.

chrome3d said...

The bridge was a real stunner and so was many other things too. Great collection of stickers on the window.

keewee said...

Beautiful pictures of our Whidbey Island. I feel so blessed to live here.