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Whidbey Scenic Isle Way – September 2015Screen Shot 2015-08-31 at 4.23.41 PM

 

Washington Filmworks wants to continue to share the best that our state has to offer. This month, we are beginning a series highlighting one of the 29 stunning Washington State Scenic Byways.
The National Scenic Byways Program maintains a system of nationally designated routes selected from state programs. Washington State contains two All American Roads and five National Scenic Byways, which are known collectively as America’s Byways. In addition, the Washington State Legislature has set aside 22 State Scenic Byways to preserve and enhance the unique scenic, historic or recreational qualities found along these routes.
Each byway travels a different route throughout the state, taking drivers all along and into our diverse landscapes and natural wonder. Filmworks is in the driver’s seat – so sit back, hold on, and enjoy the views!


 How Long is the Byway?

Photo credit: Sherrye Wyatt

Photo credit: Sherrye Wyatt

This byway is one hour from downtown Seattle. Feel free to unwind on a twenty-minute journey on a Washington State ferry. The 48-mile byway begins on SR-525, which becomes SR-20 near the town of Coupeville.

 


Cities or Towns Along the Way

Photo credit: Washington Filmworks

Photo credit: Washington Filmworks

  • Clinton – The gateway to Whidbey Island. It welcomes visitors with its nearby farms, wineries, garden or eateries.
  • Coupeville -The second oldest town in Washington State, it includes an old wharf with long pier and looks quite a bit like a charming New England town.
  • Freeland – The business hub of the south end of the island, this town attracts treasure hunters with several art studios, antique stores and consignment shops.
  • Langley – A picturesque waterfront town filled with cafés, shops, and galleries.
  • Oak Harbor – A small town with a historic area, marina and dozens of parks, it also offers more conveniences and name brand stores and lodging.

Featured Stops and Sights

Photo credit: Camp Casey

Photo credit: Camp Casey

  • Deception Pass State Park – One of the most visited state parks in Washington, this iconic 4,134-acre marine park features churning waters and breath-taking views.
  • Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve – 17,500 acres of protected land with 400 historic buildings and 18 working farms and miles of hiking trails and beach.
  • Penn Cove – Home to the world famous Penn Cove mussels, the sheltered cove is perfect for kayaking or whale watching from the shore.
  • Fort Casey State Park and Admiralty Head Lighthouse – 467 acre marine camping park with a lighthouse and sweeping views of Admiralty Inlet and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A coast artillery post features two 10 inch and two three inch historic guns – also, officer housing and mess halls. Fort Casey is one of seven state parks on the island.
  • Greenbank Farm – Once the largest loganberry farm in the country, it is now a farmers’ training center where you may enjoy wine tasting from the island’s seven wineries, a slice of pie, or a hike on the many trails.
  • Double Bluff Beach – One of many public beaches on the island, this is actually an off leash dog park with two miles of white sand and driftwood ideal for romping with views on a clear day of the Cascades, Mount Rainier and Olympic Mountains.

Tours and Transit

Free bus service (everyday but Sunday) is offered by Island Transit. Shuttle service from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport stop at towns all along the byway (provided by Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle). Rental cars are available as well as several electric charging stations.


 

Projects Filmed Along the Byway

Photo credit: Lindy Kortus

Photo credit: Lindy Kortus

Commercials and Music Videos
Further Away (2000)
Nissan (2015)
Features
An Officer and a Gentleman (1981)
The War of the Roses (1989)
Practical Magic (1998)
Double Jeopardy (1999)
Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
The Ring (2002)
The Falling (2006)
Late Autumn (2010)
Without (2011)
Television
“Super Nanny” (2011)
“American Pickers” (2012)
“Investigation Discovery” (2013)
“Shut Up and Drive” (2014)
“Island Life” (2015)


Closest Major City

Whidbey Scenic Isle Way is 25-miles north of Seattle.


Film Liaison For This Byway

Sherrye Wyatt, Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism, (360) 929-9924, sherrye@whidbey.com


Accommodations Along the Way

Photo credit: Sherrye Wyatt

Photo credit: Sherrye Wyatt

There is a wide variety of lodging from camping in state parks, to cabins on the beach or in a forest, to cozy bed and breakfasts, or family friendly hotels, to luxurious inns.


 

About:

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(206) 264-0667
Washington Filmworks is the non-profit 501(c)(6) organization that manages the state film and production incentive programs. Its mission is to create economic development opportunities by building and enhancing the competitiveness, profile, and sustainability of Washington’s film industry. We do this by creating possibilities for local and national filmmakers, offering comprehensive production support, as well as financial incentives.

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