About the Area
Getting to Whidbey Island
Whidbey Island is located in the Puget Sound, just off the coast of mainland Washington State. There are several picturesque and peaceful routes you can follow to arrive at the Island.
While you can arrive on the island from a couple of different directions, you will want to stay in Oak Harbor, the largest city on Whidbey Island. As the support city for the Naval Air Base, Oak Harbor has every kind of shopping, from the major discount retailers to specialty boutique stores.
They also have comfortable lodgings with all the amenities you most appreciate, like those at the Coachman Inn, Oak Harbor. The pool, attentive staff, and comfortable rooms make it the idea place to call home base for your visit to Whidbey Island.
One of the popular ways to arrive on the island is by car. Many people like to take the Clinton-Mukilteo Ferry from Mukilteo on the mainland of Washington State. Drivers can bring their cars to the Island on the 20 minute ferry ride that reaches the south of Whidbey Island. It is an amazing scenic drive up the Island to Oak Harbor from there. The ferry leaves every 30 minutes from the Mukilteo Dock, located 24 miles north of Seattle off of 1-5.
There is another ferry at Keystone-Port Townsend, which connects the Olympic Peninsula to Whidbey Island. The ferry ride is a 30 minute journey that ends at Keystone Landing in the Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve. This is a particularly beautiful place to land on Whidbey, with many forms of wildlife and birdlife vying for attention along the route.
It's also possible to reach Whidbey without any ferry ride; you can drive over the remarkable Deception Pass Bridge. You can get to the bridge by ferry ride from the San Juan Islands and land at Anacortes on Fidalgo. This connects to Whidbey via the bridge, which begins off the Anacortes exit off of I-5 north of Mt. Vernon.
Here are specific directions for coming to Oak Harbor by car:
Driving North From SeaTac to Whidbey Island via the Ferry. Drive north on I-5 to Exit 182 (41st St) for a scenic drive along State Route 525 to Mukilteo, or proceed to Exit 189 (Mukilteo-Whidbey Island Ferry) for a quicker route. From Mukilteo, board a Washington State Ferry for a 20-minute ride bound for Clinton, on Whidbey Island. Proceed north on SR 525, which turns into SR 20 until you reach Oak Harbor. Stay on Highway 20 until you reach the intersection of Goldie Road, Midway Blvd., and SR 20. The Coachman Inn is on the left at the light.
Driving North From SeaTac to Whidbey Island via the Deception Pass Bridge. Proceed to Exit 230 at Burlington and continue west on SR 20 onto Whidbey Island across the Deception Pass Bridge. Once over the bridge, it is about 9 miles to the intersection of Goldie Road, Midway Blvd., and SR 20. The Coachman Inn will be on your right.
Driving East From the Olympic Peninsula to Whidbey Island via the Ferry. Take SR 101 to SR 20. Drive east to Port Townsend and enjoy a 30-minute ride aboard the Washington State Ferry to Keystone. Turn left off of the de-embarkation ramp and proceed to Coupeville. Turn left on SR 20 to Oak Harbor. At the Intersection of SR 20, Goldie Road, and Midway Blvd., the Coachman Inn will be on your left.
It's also possible to arrive on Whidbey Island by plane or by boat. The planes that land on the island are part of a shuttle service. Kenmore Air is a company that has regularly scheduled flights leaving Boeing Field in Seattle and landing at Wes Lupien Airport in Oak Harbor.
The number of flights varies between 5 and 8 flights each day, with complimentary shuttle service from Sea Tac Airport to Boeing and back. Kenmore Air handles reservations directly. There are also scenic flights leaving from Oak Harbor and circling the island where you may even see gray whales or orcas in the surrounding waters.
There are many marinas that offer moorage for visitors. There are also docks in Coupeville and Oak Harbor that offer overnight moorage at Oak Harbor and Penn Cove.
The friendly Coachman Inn front desk staff will gladly tell you more about how to get around the piers, roads, and trails of Whidbey Island during your stay with them.
Any way you come to Whidbey Island, check into the Coachman Inn, where we have been voted Best of Whidbey Island for two years running and awarded the AAA Three Diamond rating, their highest rating for vacation lodging. To check availability, call the Coachman now at 800-635-0043 or click here.