Once in a while, we like to give our feet and legs some needed rest, so we made a road trip and saw eight recommended highlights advertised by the “Scenic Washington, byways and road trips” brochure.
We arrived early in downtown Anacortes. The local stores and restaurants were opening up. We strolled around for a bit, admiring the murals about the city’s past with local businessmen, immigrants, and smugglers! The century-old vintage clock is still working.
Deception Pass State Park is Washington’s most visited state park, with over two million annual visitors and over 35 miles of trails. We could see the park for free with our Washington Discover Pass, so we stretched our legs by strolling about two miles along the saltwater shoreline through old forests. I am glad we did because we got magnificent views of the Deception Pass Bridge, which opened in 1935, connecting the Fidalgo and Whidbey islands.
In Oak Park, the largest town on Whidbey Island, we went to Smith Park to understand what it must have been like when these Garry oak trees were still abundant. Some of the approximate 150 oaks in the park are over 400 years old!