TripAdvisor: Top 10 Best Islands in US

TripAdvisor 2015

TOP 10 BEST ISLANDS

IN THE U.S.

Travel + Leisure: Top 5 Islands Continental US

Travel + Leisure 2016

TOP 5 ISLANDS

CONTINENTAL U.S.

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Getting here is half the fun and there are so many easy options to choose from:

  • Washington State Ferries: A leisurely ride on a Washington State Ferry from Anacortes gives you a taste of the archipelago's beauty, with a choice of stops at four islands—Lopez, Orcas, Shaw or San Juan.  You can now make a reservation at www.takeaferry.com.  Ferries will accommodate cars as well as walk-on passengers.
  • Seasonal Passenger Ferries: From Seattle's waterfront, Port Townsend or Bellingham, hop onto the San Juan Clipper, Puget Sound Express, or San Juan Cruises (respectively) for a day or overnight trip to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.
  • Air Travel: Fly from Seattle or SeaTac International Airport on a Kenmore Air seaplane or wheeled-plane, or take a regional flight.
  • Car Rental: Rent a car at SeaTac and drive to the Washington State Ferry terminal in Anacortes.
  • Airport Shuttles: Take an Airporter Shuttle from SeaTac to the Washington State Ferry terminal in Anacortes.
  • Visitor Information Centers: When you arrive in the islands, stop in at the Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Island Chambers of Commerce for maps, brochures and information about where to go and what to do during your stay.
  • Getting Around: When you get to the islands, you can also get around with shuttles, mopeds, bikes, and car rentals.
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Brighten up the Holiday Season with Island Lights

Snug firesides, uncrowded shops and artisan gifts bring sparkle to a winter getaway

The holidays in the San Juans are a bit like "It's a Wonderful Life," with small-town traditions, locals greeting each other on the street, and time to reflect on what really matters. This season, celebrate like a local, with a winter forest hike or walk on a stormy beach, a great meal fireside, and holiday spirit with friends new and old.

Photography by Robert Harrison

Dining in the Islands

Fine dining in the San Juan Islands means tasty food—often locally produced—served in a laid-back atmosphere (forget the jacket and tie). Many of the islands’ restaurants take advantage of the bounty from local growers. Consider adding a local wine, beer, cider or spirit to your meal in these establishments—labels from San Juan Vineyards, Orcas Island Winery and Lopez Island Vineyards & Winery are featured on many of their wine lists.

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