Deception Pass Bridge is one of 3 ways to get onto Whidbey Island. It was built in 1935. It is actually composed of two bridges and sits a stunning 180 feet above water.
The bridge is the northernmost access to the island. When traveling south, over the bridge, you leave Fidalgo Island on Canoe Pass Bridge to a very small island called Pass Island, then onto Deception Pass bridge to Whidbey Island.
Shortly after crossing the bridge you come to Deception Pass State Park. Per Wikipedia, Deception Pass State Park is the most visit park in Washington with about 2 million visitors per year. (Most of which travel over this very old bridge.)
Deception Pass was originally discovered by Spanish explorers in 1791. English explorer, George Vancouver came through the pass in 1792 with his navigator Joseph Whidbey. When passing through the straits between the two islands, (Fidalgo and Whidbey) the Englishmen thought that Whidbey Island was just a peninsula and the water was a bay. This deception brought about the name Deception Pass. (http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&File_Id=5698)
Prior to the bridge being built, ferries were used to get from Fidalgo Island to Whidbey Island. Ferries are still used to travel from south Whidbey at Clinton, WA to Mukliteo, WA and on the west side of island from Coupeville, WA to Port Townsend, WA.
Architecturally this bridge is so amazing, especially for the era in which it was built, that in 1982 Deception Pass Bridge was place in the National Register of Historic Places.
This bridge is one of my favorite places to visit in this area. The architecture is not only amazing as stated before, but is beautiful and magnificent. The most amazing sunsets can be seen from the bridge. (These sunsets may be so magnificent due to all the spirits in the sky, as unfortunately the bridge has become very popular for the locals to jump off of. Please don’t do this..)