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Deception Pass State Park

5175 N State Hwy 20, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277
360-675-2417
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Ranked #1 of 14 attractions in Oak Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Parks, Bodies of Water
Activities: Hiking
Description: This isn't a lie: with over 30 miles of hiking trails, this park is one of the premier hiking destinations in the country.
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Redmond, Washington
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

We actually did not go inside the State Park, but parked beside the bridge. There is a paid parking lot (I think Discover Pass is needed) on one side of the bridge, but we were fortunate to find a free one on the other side right where the bridge starts (or ends depending on your perspective :) ). You can... More

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Vancouver
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed ourselves both on the beach and up on both sides of the bridge. Lots of views to be enjoyed on all sides - get the camera ready! Trail from beach to the bridge is uphill but flat and safe for kids and easy enough for anyone in reasonable physical shape. I should add that its a very... More

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Mount Vernon, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Connecting Bridge between Skagit County and Island County is a "Marvel" to behold, with Deception Pass State Park on both the North and South sides of the Bridge. The history is a big story in its self. Take a day or a week to enjoy this beautiful place. Try to image the effort it took to go from one county... More

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Oregon
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Don't miss Deception Pass! The views from the bridge are spectacular, and even more spectacular are the beaches, which are an easy hike from the road. For parking, consider going past the official lot and parking on the side of the road (which is free and usually has more availability). Don't forget your camera! :)

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Payson, Utah
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We parked on the east side of the bridge and walked over the bridge and down to the beach. Walking over the bridge was scary and the short walk down to the beach involves a moderately steep hike. It was totally worth it, however.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I've been to Whidbey Island several times over the past four years and have driven across the bridge countless times during my visits. I've stopped a few time to view the scenery by the side of the road. This is the first time that I've stopped and really enjoyed the beauty that Deception Pass has to offer. This is a... More

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Sonora, California, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Wonderful views from everwhere. We had a picnic on the west beach and could see the bridge and watched the boats go in and out. Weather was beautiful as well. It would be a nice place to hold a family reunion.

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Savannah, Georgia
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47 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We drove across bridge and parked, walked across bridge and hiked down to the beach area. The scenery from the bridge was great and the scenery from the beach was scenic as well. Wish we had more time to explore. It was a sunny, clear day and you could see for miles.

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New Westminster, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Stunning scenery that photographers will love. Many short trails that are great for the whole family. Possible to find a small beach all to yourself if you explore a bit farther into the park beyond the bridge.

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Kansas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Made a stop here during my stay on Whidbey Island, I had read all the excellent and must see reviews before hand, didn't think this was going to be that great of a stop and felt like it was just a bridge, BUT you really must go there to see just how beautiful it is! I wish I would have... More

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