Basics: Deception Pass State Park is famous for its sweeping views of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Deception Pass Bridge. The 4,134-acrea marine and camping park has 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. The park also has old-growth forest.
Where: Nine miles north of Oak Harbor on Whidbey and Fidalgo islands.
When: Open from 6:30 a.m. to dusk.
History: People lived in this area as long as 6,000 years ago. Capt. George Vancouver was the first European to identify the area as a passage and gave it its name. It was designated as a recreation area in 1925.
Activities: Hiking, horseback riding, boating, fishing, paddle sports, diving, clamming and crabbing.
Getting there: From Interstate 5, take Exit 230 and drive west 18 miles on Highway 20. The park entrance is on the right, one mile south of the Deception Pass Bridge.
Cost: There is no longer a fee to park at state parks.
Of note: The park has four picnic shelters. There is a playground in the park. Mountain biking is allowed only in marked areas. There are five saltwater and three freshwater boat ramps.