Island

Island fun with Forts and Seafood

Spotlight: Whidbey Island – Deception Pass. Another favorite for locals and guests, this island tour has variety and isn’t too far to get to.

Deception Pass is a water-passage at the opening of Puget Sound where the tides come in and out, bringing an abundance of life to the Puget Sound Region. During the day, you’ll visit an historic military fort in Fort Casey State Park, and see the Admiralty Lighthouse. Because you’re on an island, you can see across Puget Sound to other islands too.

You’ll see a mussel farm and enjoy a seafood lunch, unless you don’t like seafood, in which case we’ll have something else!  Later you’ll undoubtedly see colorful sea stars lavishing under the end of the pier in historic Coupeville, and if the tide is out, you can easily see mussels, barnacles, sea stars, seaweed, and more, right on the beach. Great Blue Heron enjoy this area too and I love seeing these blue/gray birds.

You’ll walk across the 180 foot high Deception Pass bridge if you like, as well as walk a trail to the beach in Deception Pass State Park. At the other end of the island, you’ll take a short ferry ride, then return to your hotel. This is a very popular tour!

To book this tour, go to http://cherylsnorthwesttours.com/near-seattle-tours.php

Seafood dish

Seafood dish

Saltwater Driftwood

Saltwater Driftwood

Deception Pass Bridge

Deception Pass Bridge

Fort Casey State Park

Fort Casey State Park

About the Pass Bridge

About the Pass Bridge

Viewpoint

Viewpoint

Admiralty Lighthouse

Admiralty Lighthouse

Historic Coupeville

Historic Coupeville

Deception Pass a Tour to Remember

Actually a water “Passage” not a Pass, our Deception Pass Tour is another of our unique Northwest tours, and takes 6-7 hours.

From Seattle, you will travel North to Mount Vernon, and cross the famous Skagit Valley with its highly nutrient soil. This valley provides a plethora of vegetables, berries, and flowers.

Once through the valley, Deception Pass is the next destination, with it’s beautiful Bridge.  The Deception Pass Bridge is a very popular destination in the Northwest. The views are breathtaking, of North Puget Sound and the Straight of Juan de Fuca. The bridge itself has a fun story of its own, which we’ll share, then invite you to walk across the bridge, or ride with us in our comfortable SUV.  The walk is pretty exciting -and beautiful- and so is the drive.

Once across, we suggest taking a .9 mile trail to the beach, where driftwood, sand, and waves greet you at the shore, along with seagulls and other shore birds.  The Naval Air Station nearby sometimes has fly-byes of various military planes, and sometimes it feels like an airshow.  Other times it is very quiet with no airplanes, which is a wonderful and peaceful experience, listening to the waves lap on shore.

Your next stop is in Coupeville, an historic town you will love. We’ve included lunch with this tour to further your local experience along Puget sound.  The view is tranquil, overlooking the pier and Puget Sound.  You’ll find you are fully immersed with the region, just what the doctor ordered! (Actually, no doctors orders needed).

Next, you’ll visit Admiralty Head lighthouse and Fort Casey, the last stops on the island. These are remnants of a military fort built in 1901 and are very interesting with beautiful scenery.  Finally, you’re off to the Clinton Ferry Dock.  The ferry portion of this tour is as fun as all the other experiences, with 30 minutes of water travel before reaching the mainland. From there it’s a short ride back to Seattle.

Come join us on this unique Northwest Tour.  Book today at www.cherylsnwtours.com.

trail sign

trail sign

Madrona shedding

Madrona tree- shedding

Fort stairs

Fort stairs

Fort from parking lot

Fort from parking

on the Cannon

on the Cannon

Bridge view West

Bridge view West

beach and bridge

beach driftwood and bridge

Admiralty Head Lighthous

Admiralty Head Lighthouse