Moody beauty can be found year-round here, where practically every road leads to quintessential Northwest coastline. A top-notch trek lies on the west shore at Ebey’s Landing. The 3.2-mile Bluff Trail descends to the rugged beach below, with Olympic Mountain vistas. nps.gov/ebla
Best time to go: Try winter, for storm-watching.
Stay: Captain Whidbey Inn in Coupeville is 100+ years old, with throwback nautical charm. From $103; captainwhidbey.com