To Whidbey Island via Deception Pass Bridge

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 drive. The City of Oak Harbor should be your next stop for more great outdoor adventure.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From the North

Drive north from Seattle on Interstate 5 and take exit 226. Turn left onto state highway-536W until you reach state highway 20, a left turn. Turn left and travel about 4 miles until you cross over the Deception Pass Bridge onto Whidbey Island.

From the South

Drive south from Bellingham, Vancouver, and points north on Interstate 5 and take exit 226. Turn right onto state highway-536W until you reach state highway 20, a left turn. Turn left and travel about 4 miles until you cross over the Deception Pass Bridge onto Whidbey Island.

NOTES & HINTS

When driving from Vancouver, Bellingham and points north, this is the most direct and convenient route onto the island. When driving from Everett, Seattle and points south, this route is longer than taking the ferry, but many prefer the rural drive, the spectacular bridge, and avoiding the ferry lines.

The drive takes you through Deception Pass State Park, Washington’s most popular state park and a scenic wonder. Therefore, the area can have lots of traffic, especially on weekends and in summer. If you’re the driver, pay attention to the road, and if you want to see the view, park.

Driving through the park is free, but if you park, there is a $10 per day parking fee. A great idea is to buy a Washington Discover Pass for $35, good for all state parks for a year. Learn more here…