Getting Here


We are located a little over an hour north from Seattle, including a 15-minute ferry ride from Mukilteo to Clinton. The drive may take longer depending on traffic or season (summers are heavy traffic times, with many visitors to the island).

For information on using public transportation to get to Mukilteo, check here!

Here are our recommendations for those traveling:


-Ferry Info

-Parking at the Institute




From Seattle

travel I-5 North and exit on WA SR 525/Mukilteo Clinton. Follow this route 9.3 miles to the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry terminal. See directions below for “Once you arrive in Clinton”.

From Bellevue/Eastside

take I-405 North, crossing over I-5 and continuing west on SR 525. Follow this route 9 miles to the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry terminal. See directions below for “Once you arrive in Clinton”.

From Vancouver/Bellingham

there are two choices of routes. The first requires ferry travel and the second crosses onto the island via the Deception Pass Bridge. Both take roughly two hours from Bellingham.

1) Travel I-5 South and take exit 189 for the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry. Drive past the Boeing plant, straight through the first traffic signal, and turn RIGHT at the second traffic signal at Mukilteo Speedway. Stay in the right hand lane following signs to Mukilteo/Clinton ferry. There is one more right turn at the light at the bottom of the hill (gas station on right). Follow this route 2 more miles to the ferry terminal. See directions below for “Once you arrive in Clinton”.

OR 2) Travel I-5 South, and take exit 230 toward Anacortes. Follow WA-20 for approx. 24 miles. Turn left before heading into Anacortes to stay on WA-20. WA-20 takes a right turn in south Oak Harbor. WA-20 then becomes WA SR 525. Keep following this main road down the island longer than you would anticipate. Turn RIGHT at the stoplight at Cultus Bay Road. Then follow the directions below, beginning with Campbell Road. (If you miss Cultus Bay Road and arrive at the ferry terminal at the southernmost tip of Whidbey, you’ve gone only 2 miles too far. Follow the directions below for “Once you arrive in Clinton”.)

Mukilteo/Clinton Ferry Info
The ferry departs from Mukilteo on the hour and half-hour between 8 am and 9 pm most days. Check the current schedule on the WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) website for exact sailing times. Click here for the Mukilteo-Clinton schedule. The crossing takes only fifteen minutes, so be sure to head upstairs and enjoy the crossing once you’re on the boat.

Once you arrive in Clinton follow the main road, which is still SR 525, for about two miles until you reach the stoplight at Cultus Bay Road. Turn LEFT onto Cultus Bay and travel approximately .7 of a mile to Campbell Road. Turn RIGHT onto Campbell Road and travel approximately .5 of a mile. On the LEFT you will see signs for Whidbey Institute and Chinook. Turn LEFT at these signs onto Old Pietila Road, which is a gravel road.

Follow Old Pietila Road downhill through the forest about a half a mile. You will see a parking lot at the bottom of a hill. Please park here unless for mobility reasons it is important to be closer. Walk up the hill, following the curved roadside fence, until you see Thomas Berry Hall and the main office on your left.

When you arrive at the Institute, please follow the guidelines below according to the description that applies to you. See our map of the Chinook land for reference.

For most attendees, there will be space available in the “lower lot”, but if you are arriving for a large event (50+ people) it is more likely that you will be parking in the “entrance lot” lot.  The walk from the entrance lot is a half-mile long and is about 12 minutes of travel on foot, so please wear good walking shoes, and bring your flashlight if it’s dark.

For those lodging at the Whidbey Institute please follow the instructions in the Welcome Packet. The most essential help we need from you is to move your vehicle out of the “upper” lot allowing for those spaces to be available for the people who are coming and going each day.

Whatever you do, please do not double park or park in any space that is not obviously meant for parking. Besides fire regulations prohibiting parking along the roadside, we have pulled many vehicles out of mud and muck from creative parking situations. Thank you in advance for helping maintain ease and flow on the Old Pietila Rd.

The closest major airport is Seattle – Tacoma International (SeaTac).

From the airport take the Whidbey-SeaTac Shuttle. The pick-up is right outside of baggage claim, and round-trips may be scheduled for approximately $65, including the cost of the ferry crossing. Senior discounts and one-way charges are available. Select the Langley/Clinton drop-off point, which is about 1.5 miles from the Whidbey Institute. Arrangements will need to be made for pick-up from this drop-off point through your event leader, or by calling All Island Express Taxi: 360-341-8294. They provide direct pick-up and drop-off from/to the shuttle points, and their drivers are familiar with Whidbey Institute.

There are multiple ways to ride your bicycle to the Whidbey Institute.

Shortest Bike Route:  Ride Rt 525 2 miles up the hill (high traffic with good shoulder) until Campbell Road.  From there, head left on Campbell Road and continue past Cultas Bay Road until you see the entrance for Chinook on your left.  Use caution descending the hill, as it Old Pietila Road is dirt and gravel.

Quietest Bike Route:  Ride Rt 525 0.6 miles up the hill (just past steepest portion) until Deer Lake Road.  From there, head left on Deer Lake Road up the hill, making sure to follow East Deer Lake when it turns right at an intersection after 1.5 miles. At the intersection with Cultas Bay Rd, turn R toward the N for 0.8 miles to a L turn on to Campbell Rd.  From there, follow as above until you see the entrance for Chinook on your left.

There is no shame in taking the bus up the hill!  Take the Route #1 or Route #7 bus (Island Transit) inland 2 miles to the Campbell Rd and Rt 525 stop.  From there, follow Campbell Rd as above. 

You can ride for free on all Island Transit buses, which have bike racks available.  Drivers are great with cyclists and are happy to help you get to your stop.

For those with mobility limitations, please alert us by emailing to let us know to reserve a spot for you in the upper lot.