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Mount Vernon to Clinton

  • Distance: 68 miles
  • Routes: SR 20
  • Estimated Driving Time: 1.5 hours

Tour Overview

From the fertile lowlands of the rich farming country on the Skagit River Delta, this route leads to the shores of Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands, indented by many inlets. Fantastic carvings of the rocky banks, through the long assault of sea and weather, give these coves an air of austere mystery, and rumor in times past has dubbed them smugglers’ retreats. Back from the shores, the gently rolling slopes of Whidbey Island are marked by patches of woodland, fields of waving grain, and fruitful orchards. A favorable combination of soil and climate has given Whidbey, second largest island in the United States, the reputation of being the garden spot among the islands of Puget Sound. The rich soil, known to agronomists as Ebey Sandy Loam, is said to be unique among soils. In 1894 a wheat yield of 117.5 bushels per acre established a world’s record that still stands. Along the route tall silos and barns, hangar-like in their proportions, attest to the productivity of Whidbey’s agriculture. Bulb raising, seed growing, and berry culture are important branches of farming; but poultry raising and dairying supply more than half of the island’s economic structure.

Key Waypoints along Mount Vernon to Clinton

Mount Vernon

The seat of Skagit County, it was named for Washington’s Potomac home. The Skagit River has played an important part... Visit

Deception Pass State Park

The park is notable for the variety of its land and seascapes; along its borders are wave-tossed, and placid, bays.... Visit


The city spreads along the south shore of the cove. Once called the Port of Sea Captains for the number... Visit


Formerly known as Phinney, the place looks across Possession Sound toward the city of Everett on the mainland. It was... Visit

Side trips along Mount Vernon to Clinton

La Conner

This side trip is an 11 mile round trip drive across La Conner flats to the La Conner historic district along the Swinomish Channel.


This 10 mile side trip leads out to Anacortes, located on the north end of Fidalgo Island, the city experienced many early-day booms, and now has several substantial industries.

Ebey’s Landing

This side trip is a 9 mile loop, departing from Prairie Center the route extends out through the prairie for a tour of wheat farms and historic Ebey's Landing.


This 7 mile side trip is a loop out along Admiralty Bay out to Fort Casey and Keystone on Admiralty Head.

Greenbank Farm

This 2 mile side trip leads out to a former dairy farm that has been converted to an arts and events center.

Bush Point

This 8 mile side trip ledas out to the former site of the Pirate’s Lair.


This 8 mile side trip leds out to an inviting stretch of sandy beach and a remarkable historic town.


This 10 mile side trip is a brief excursion off to the southern extremity of the island.


This 5 mile side trip leads out to a community nestled between sheer bluffs along the shoreline.

This tour has 1 leg, 20 waypoints, 9 side trips, and covers 68 miles.