Looking for a great adventure that isn’t far from the city? Try Deception Pass State Park, the 3,854-acre park is just an hour and a half from Seattle and Washington’s most visited state park for a good reason.

“Mysterious coves, rugged cliffs, jaw-dropping sunsets, and a stomach-dropping high bridge make this park a go-to for locals and international travelers alike,” says Washington State Parks in its description of the park.

The park boasts 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. What you may or may not know is that the park is actually located on two islands. There’s Fidalgo to the north and Whidbey to the south. They’re connected by the park’s two bridges, The Canoe Pass Bridge and the iconic Deception Pass Bridge.

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The Deception Pass Bridge is perhaps one of the most photographed parts of the park and at 180 feet tall is not for the faint of heart if you decide to walk across it. But don’t worry, there are plenty of other places to walk. The park has 1.2 miles of ADA hiking trails, 3 miles of bike trails, 6 miles of horse trails, and 38 miles of hiking trails.

If you have access to a boat you can also check out the Kukutali Preserve on Kiket Island. It’s the newest part of the state park property and is co-owned and co-managed by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and Washington State Parks.  The area has an old-growth forest and stunning views. Keep in mind Flagstaff Point beyond a neck of land is off-limits as it is a protected, rare environment called a “rocky bald” and is full of fragile native plants.

Before you go, a Discover Pass is needed to enjoy the park. That being said, the park is equipped with automated pay stations for visitors to purchase a one-day ($10) or annual Discover Pass ($30) and boat launch permit.

With that, enjoy the park and make sure to stay for one of those unforgettable sunsets.

Deception Pass State Park

Where: 41229 State Route 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Information on Deception Pass State Park is from Washington State Parks and is accurate as of publication date