Vacation at Whidbey and Camano Islands

North America - Editor - 20 February 2008

Vacation at Whidbey and Camano Islands

Whidbey and Camano Islands are located in Puget Sound, south of the San Juan Islands and north of Seattle, Washington, USA. These lovely islands are popular vacation destinations for thousands of Americans as well as international tourists. With so much to see and do, visitors come back time and again to explore all the wonders of Whidbey and Camano Islands.

Due to Whidbey Island’s temperate climate many birds and waterfowl, including a large number of bald eagles, choose to winter there. Deception Pass State Park is the perfect place for a rewarding bird-watching experience and has an abundance of flora and fauna. Fully serviced camping and picnic areas allow visitors to take their time in enjoying the natural beauty of this 4,134 acre marine and camping park, which has a salt water and freshwater shoreline.

The Fort Ebey State Park situated on the western side of Whidbey Island was originally established to protect Puget Sound from enemy invasion. Nowadays it is a popular hiking and mountain biking destination, with numerous trails, picnic areas, plenty of plant, bird and animal life and spectacular views of Port Townsend and the Olympic Peninsula.

Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve is an area dedicated to the restoration and preservation of land and buildings with historic value. The rich prairie soils, which fall under the jurisdiction of the National Park system, are still being farmed and historical buildings still serve as homes and places of business. A trust board ensures that the historic and natural resources of the reserve area are protected for the benefit of future generations.

Ten acres of the Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens have been cultivated as display and educational gardens. This is surrounded by 43 acres of woodland reserve with miles of trails that provide a colorful, serene retreat for nature and garden lovers all year round. Guided horticultural tours can be arranged and visitors are encouraged to enjoy the entire reserve. Most trails are wheelchair accessible.

Camano Island has over 50 miles of spectacular shoreline with the most popular vacation destination being the 134 acre Camano Island State Park. The park offers a number of picnic areas, both sheltered and unsheltered, and hiking and mountain biking trails. Activities include boating, fishing, water skiing, sail-boarding, scuba diving, bird watching and wildlife viewing. Other beaches and nature reserves on Camano Island include Triangle Cove, Utsalady Bay and the tide flats of Stillaguamish Delta and Livingston Bay.

There is no doubt that a vacation on Whidbey and Camano Islands will be an unforgettable experience, and it is easy to see why visitors from far and wide return to these treasure troves of nature time and again.


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