Deception Pass State Park may be the most visited state park in Washington, but most visitors only stay a minute as they drive through on Highway 20. This park is much more than just an viewpoint, and it deserves a closer look.
The park covers more than 4,000 acres on both Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island, split in two by the treacherous and narrow Deception Pass channel. It also marks the border between the Puget Sound and the Straight of Juan de Fuca. It's got places to camp, picnic and lots of trails to hike. The park has more than 14 miles of rugged Salish Sea coastline, terrific for exploring.
Most visitors just see the bridge. If you are just passing through and only have a minute there is plenty of parking available. Walking the Deception Pass bridge can be vertigo inducing, as it's almost 200 feet over the narrow channel. It's a great spot to stop look out over the San Juans, and to take a picture too.
Naval Air Station Whidbey is right around the corner near Oak Harbor, so you might get treated to an impromptu air show like I was when I was there. Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it's impressive to see those guys up close.
Whidbey Island is a wonderful spot to explore. Just make sure you stop and check out this great park.
Have a great weekend!
Here is more info on the park. You will need to buy a day pass if you are going to park or camp.