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Deception Pass State Park

5175 N State Hwy 20, Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, WA 98277
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Ranked #1 of 13 attractions in Oak Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Washington, United States
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Beauty at every turn in the path. There is something for everyone here. Hiking trails, swimming, fishing, wildlife in abundance. The eagles soaring overhead as you watch the waves on the beach or hike through the forest.

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Bellingham, WA
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Camped at this park during summer. Great beach combing and seeing life in the tide pools. Jet noise that night was not good for sleeping but exploring park was great

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Granite Falls, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Driven through the area too many times to count. Always love the drive, no matter what time of year. Winter tends to be cold and wet, so bring a warm rain jacket. Walking down to the beach is a bit steep in spots but the trail isn't long. The beach is small pebble and typical for Washington. If you are... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

The views are outstanding in this scenic Pacific Northwest gem. If you're afraid of hights don't try the bridge though. It's not the most peaceful with the nearby airbase, but is a great way to spend the day hiking, fishing, snapping photographs or just having a picnic.

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Sequim, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

It is a beautiful park, but we made the mistake of staying during the week. The jets and planes where relentless from morning til late night. We had to go to other parts of the island to get away from the noise. Such a shame because it is a very nice park for camping.

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7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I've been on Whidbey Island for 14 months now. From California. Washington Bridges worry me tremendously. One has already fallen, near Burlington. And all this time I have yet seen any maintenance or repairs made to the Deception Pass Bridge. Hey! Bridges don't survive onove alone people!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

I only had about an hour and a half so I never quite made it inside the park. I ended up hanging out with the bridges just outside the park. There is one parking lot you can pay $10 for, but it you are there in the off season you can park in one of the pullover areas for free.... More

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New York City, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We were lucky that we went there during off-season but the weather was still gorgeous. We had the park pretty much to ourselves. It was so lovely and the views were great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

One of my favorite places in North America. Love to hike the beach. Great camping sites. Walk out on the bridge if you are feeling really adventurous. Hike down under the bridge and you can sit on the rocks and watch the boats go through the pass. The view out over the Strait of San Juan De Fuca is spectacular.... More

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Deception Pass is a strait separating Whidbey Island from Fidalgo Island, in the northwest part of the U.S. state of Washington. It connects Skagit Bay, part of Puget Sound, with the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Deception Pass is a dramatic seascape where the tidal flow and whirlpools beneath the twin bridges connecting Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island move quickly.

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