When we first booked our trip to Seattle we knew we wanted to go to Vancouver as well, and looked into several different ways to get there – plane, car, train – and ultimately decided we wanted to drive so we would take our time and see some sights along the way. And then a bridge collapsed and we had to reroute ourselves completely, but it was fine because we decided to add in Deception Pass State Park to our drive.
We made a short detour on our journey and stopped off at Gas Works Park, a public park that was once home to the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant, located on the north shore of Lake Union. The views of Seattle were amazing, but the smells, well, not so much. There was definitely a lingering scent of urine that seemed to follow us wherever we went, so we didn’t spend too much time there.
To get there we drove North on I-5 to Mukilteo, where we caught a ferry to Whidbey Island. Make sure you check the times, and based on signs along the drive it must get really busy, so I am glad we got there early. The actual ferry time was short, so we didn’t do much, and once we got off we just drove until we hit Deception Pass State Park, which is known for Deception Pass Bridge.
Once we entered the park we drove to a lot with access to a beach and did some hiking. The views were incredible.
From there we headed onto Vancouver, with very few options of places to eat, and long-ish waits at the border (Peace Arch). I don’t know that another way would have been faster, since you have to deal with border patrol no matter the way, but going through Deception Pass State Park was definitely worth any extra time we may have incurred!