An RV trip around Seattle is good for the soul, and now is the ideal time to visit before the tourist crowds hit the road to this nice city. You will find one of the favorite adventures in the Seattle area is to drive from the bottom to the top of Whidbey Island for cultural outdoor recreation and sights to see. As you ride the ferry over, you’ll feel the anticipation of your landing build.
Once you land on the island, you may want to drive right over to Deer Lake and try your hand at fishing. If the sun is out, you’ll want to catch some rays and soak it up while it lasts. Then stop at the Earth Sanctuary, a little further up the road. The wildlife and birds here will restore your faith in the goodness of nature.
When you move on and come to the South Whidbey State Park, you will love to get out and hike through old-growth forest. You will also find a beach where you can walk by the water and enjoy this scenic shoreline. This is a place to come for inspiration and solitude. Take it all in before moving on.
One detour you’ll enjoy is taking Highway 20 over to Fort Casey State Park. Stop to visit the lighthouse which was fully restored and is a great example of a ship warning system. Explore the fort and see early-day battlements and glean some history from this area. Keystone State Park is also nearby where you can get in some more fishing if you’d like.
Next on your itinerary is Fort Ebey State Park. This is a great place to get into the out-of-doors and enjoy this northwest region, Puget Sound and some history as well. The best hiking trail to take is the Kettles Trail. If you love to watch birds, you will be thrilled to see some soaring bald eagles here. Of course there are other species of birds too, so be sure to bring along your binoculars.
At Oak Harbor, turn to the west where you can get to Joseph Whidbey State Park. It is always fun to walk along the beach, look out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca and view the San Juan Islands. In winter, the birds are migrating making this RV trip the perfect chance to watch plenty of birds flying overhead.
Your last stop on this Whidbey Island trip is Deception Pass State Park. This park also provides a great opportunity to gaze at all kinds of birds who like to spend the winter here. Cranberry Lake is a fishing hole for visitors and locals alike. Pull on those hiking boots and get out there and hike some of the trails in Deception Pass State Park. The RV park here is open all year.
Yes, an RV trip on Whidbey Island can be quite the experience. You ought to prepare yourself for a time filled with a lot of nature, many outdoor activities, and lovely scenery. It is a trip you will remember for years to come!
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