Spot orcas and enjoy panoramic views, hiking and fishing in this seaside community on the shore of Puget Sound.
Mukilteo is a Native American name that means “good camping ground.” Although buildings now outnumber campsites here, it is easy to see why this picturesque city on Washington’s Puget Sound earned its name. Take part in outdoor activities such as whale watching, swimming and hiking as well as urban adventures in nearby Seattle.
Ride the ferry to the small town of Clinton on the south end of Whidbey Island. Look for orca swimming in the water during the 20-minute journey. April through August are usually the best months to see the distinctive black-and-white sea predator.
Join joggers and picnickers at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park. Roam the pretty park grounds with the kids and watch the waves crash in at the rocky public beach.
Climb to the top of the lighthouse at Mukilteo Light Station, located in the park. On a clear day, views extend over Puget Sound and as far as the Northern Cascade Mountains. Join a free tour of the lighthouse and browse the permanent and rotating exhibits to learn about the station’s history.
Hike Japanese Gulch, an 800-acre (324-hectare) section of preserved green space with more than 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) of trails. Trek along a section of the trail and be alert for pileated woodpeckers, great blue heron and black-tailed deer as you go.
Drop a fishing line off the two public piers near the ferry terminal where boats depart for Whidbey Island. If the fish aren’t biting, go to the fresh seafood restaurants in Mukilteo instead.
Pack your rain jacket, as Mukilteo gets a significant amount of rainfall throughout the year. Temperatures are at their most pleasant and rainfall at its lowest during summer.
Seattle is 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Mukilteo. Driving from Seattle takes about 45 minutes. Alternatively, use regular bus services or ride the train from Seattle. Trains run from the city several times a day making it easy to get back to nature at this waterfront suburb.