3 Islands in Washington You Have to Visit

Vacations are always in short supply. After working long hours every week, having the kids out of school, and just wanting to enjoy the summer weather, you deserve the break. But as much as you’d like to, you may not have the time or money for a lengthy foreign vacation. Fortunately for all of us, Washington is rife with beautiful places that are perfect for a weekend escape. So pack your bags, grab some family and friends, and head to one of these three islands in Washington.

Whidbey Island

Located just north of Seattle across Puget Sound, Whidbey Island is a great getaway destination. Here you’ll find miles of cozy, sandy beaches that you can lie down on and relax. Want to stay active during your trip? There are plenty of hiking and biking trails across the island. If a hike sounds appealing, you need to check out Ebey’s Landing, a 3.6-mile hike that will give you a breathtaking view of the entire island.

If you come at the right time, you and your group can also take the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of nature’s largest creatures: whales. If you’re lucky, you can watch from the shore and catch sight of these majestic creatures or get on one of the many boats that take people out to whale watch.

Camano Island

Another great weekend getaway spot, Camano Island sits between Whidbey Island and the mainland. To get there, just take State Route 532 over Camano Gateway Bridge. While you’re here, consider staying in one of the available beachfront cabins so you can make the most of your experience. Want to go out on the water? Rent a boat and make a day out of it.

Like Whidbey Island, Camano also features hiking, biking, and even horseback riding, but it also has a unique activity for those feeling adventurous: zip lining. Just head over to Kristoferson farm and try one of the six speedy ziplines. Feel like getting a taste of some culture while you’re here? The Matzke Fine Art Gallery will take you through 10 acres of forest, moving along paths that open to groves dotted with sculptures.

Guemes Island

If you want a quiet getaway for just you and your significant other, you can’t miss a chance to spend time on Guemes Island, a small, tranquil island just a short ferry ride north of Anacortes. There are only two quaint general stores on the whole island, so you’ll feel like you have the whole place to yourself. Relax in your own way by exploring miles of beach, hiking the 2.2-mile Guemes Mountain Trail, or just lying out on the sand.

Feel like putting your exploring and navigating skills to the test? Guemes Island is a great place to go geocaching. Just don’t forget your GPS device!

Summer will be over before you know it, so don’t spend the rest of the year wishing you’d taken the time to take a break. You won’t regret spending time on these peaceful islands.


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