107 miles from Seattle
Seattle, Washington is known worldwide for its many inviting attractions, it’s lush scenery and exciting urban atmosphere. What may be less well-known but equally intriguing is the fact that just a boat ride away from the coast of Seattle sits the San Juan Island. In fact, the San Juan Islands sit within close proximity to three major Pacific Northwest cities in addition to Seattle including Portland, Anacortes, and Vancouver. It doesn’t take long to make your way to this exciting escape destination where incredible encounters with nature are bound to occur.
Bask in the Beauty of the Islands
The vast majority of visitors to the San Juan Islands will make their way to one of four islands including San Juan Island, Shaw Island, Lopez Island and Orcas Island. The reason for this is simply that these four areas have the most to offer in the way of dining, entertainment, natural excursions, and opportunities to view wildlife in a safe and sustainable manner. Beyond these four islands, San Juan County is actually comprised of over 172 islands and reefs making it a maze of natural beauty and wonder tucked into the sea. While it is only a day trip from Seattle, San Juan Islands is appealing to many in the way it feels like another world entirely.
What to Do While You’re Here
The San Juan Islands are packed with potential for fun and excitement. Whether you love history, nature, wildlife observation or shopping there’s truly something for everyone. If San Juan Island is your primary destination, make sure to take advantage of a trip along the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway. This route gives you access to English Camp National Historic Park as well as Roche Harbor Resort and the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park. This Scenic Byway is 20 miles long and can just as easily be enjoyed by a vehicle as it can on a bike. If you’re looking to get out and explore in other ways, many visitors find that the San Juan Islands provide some of the best landscapes for kayaking, canoeing, and hiking as well as whale watching around. The San Juan Islands also host lavender farms, alpaca farms and plenty of vineyards for those who prefer an afternoon immersed in beauty with a glass of red, white or rose in hand.
How to Get Here
If you happen to be heading for the San Juan Islands from Seattle, there are plenty of transportation choices available. The San Juan Clipper is a seasonal vessel that leaves from the Seattle waterfront and provides guests with an enjoyable 3.5-hour trip to Friday Harbor. Those who prefer to make their way by air can travel to the San Juan Islands by seaplanes that depart from Lake Union or Lake Washington.
San Juan Islands Washington
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