Day Trip to Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island Day Trip Deception Pass

Whidbey Island is an island north of Seattle that is accessible by both bridge and ferry. This scenic, serene island has so much to offer… beaches, hikes, cute little towns to explore, wineries, and yummy restaurants.

Whidbey Island is easier than you’d think to get to. If you are coming from the Penninsula, you can take the Port Townsend- Coupeville ferry. If you are coming from Seattle, you can either take the Mukilteo ferry or take the bridge on the north end of the island.

Better Living Through Coffee

If you get to Port Townsend early, make a quick stop at Better Living Through Coffee. It’s a cute little coffee shop on the beach that offers organic coffee, tea, and goodies.

Port Townsend- Coupeville Ferry

Make a reservation ahead of time here. The ferry fills up in both directions so make sure to make a reservation in advance!

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass is absolutely beautiful and definitely worth a visit. Even the drive over the bridge is beautiful. There is so much beauty and so much to explore! Beaches, coves, trails, and lakes to swim and fish in!

Make a stop at Deception Pass State Park and take a short walk down to North Beach to explore!

I also suggest driving just a little past the park to the Deception Pass Bridge to soak in all the beautiful views from above.

You will need a discover pass for parking.

Coupeville, Whidbey Island


Head to the quaint little town of Coupeville. Walk around, check out the shops, walk down the pier, and grab some lunch. If you are there on a Saturday- check out the farmers market as well!

Lunch Recommendations

Sunshine Drip

Sunshine Drip is a cute restaurant with outdoor seating on the way into Coupeville. It’s laid back and casual and has some great healthier, gluten-free options. They also have a cute gift shop with health-minded goodies. Think coffee, smoothies, avocado toast, and sandwiches.

Front Street Grill

While the Front Street Grill isn’t exactly a healthier option, it is said to be the place to go!

Penn Cove, Ebey’s Landing

Ebey’s Landing

Ebey’s Landing is perched on a bluff overlooking the Puget Sound. There is a beautiful hike along the water that leads you to the rocky shores of Penn Cove.

There are two trails. A longer, 5.6 miles roundtrip, trail that begins at the Prairie Overlook trailhead by the Sunnyside Cemetery. Or a slightly shorter trail that begins at the seaside parking lot at the end of Ebey’s Landing Road that is closer to 4 miles.

When heading to Ebey’s landing, you will head to Ebey’s Landing & Nature Preserve, not Fort Ebey State Park.

You will need a Discover Pass for parking.

Start the Journey Home

At this point, you could choose to start the trip home. Which is what I would do since I have little kids. I would opt to head to the ferry and grab dinner at Finnriver on the way home.

Or Stay for Dinner

You could grab a glass of wine at Spoiled Dog Winery, Comforts of Whidbey, or one of the other wineries on the island and then grab dinner at one of the top-notch seafood restaurants!

Dinner Recommendations


Saltwater Fish House & Oyster Bar– this restaurant is in Langley so that would give you the chance to check out another cute town on the island!

Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill

Things to remember

Remember to make both ferry reservations ahead of time as the Port Townsend- Coupeville ferry fills up fast! And remember your Discover Pass! Both Deception Pass State Park & Ebey’s Landing requires the pass to park.

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