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Whidbey Island, Washington

(pronounced wid-bee)

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Whidbey Island forms the northern boundary of Puget Sound. At 55 miles in length, it is the largest island in Washington. With a bridge to the mainland on its north, and a short ferry ride connection from its south, visitors can tour the length of the island and enjoy both modes of transit. No wonder that this picturesque drive is a favorite day trip for Seattleites. Whidbey Island contains Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, the first national historic reserve in the US created by the National Park Service to preserve the rural history and culture of the island and to protect the area's rare and sensitive plants. Washington State Parks located on the island include Deception Pass State Park (the most visited state park in Washington), Joseph Whidbey State Park, Fort Ebey State Park, Fort Casey State Park, and South Whidbey State Park. Yearly island events include the Island County Fair, Whidbey Island Kite Festival, the Tour de Whidbey bicycle race and Whidbey Island Race Week sailing regatta. While visiting the island, be sure to stop at the quaint small town of Coupeville. The island was fully explored in 1792 by Captain George Vancouver. After Joseph Whidbey circumnavigated the island in June of 1792, Vancouver named the island in his honor.

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