In Your Car
Depart for Lopez, Shaw, Orcas, or San Juan Island from the Washington State ferry terminal in Anacortes, about a 90-minute drive from Seattle or Vancouver, B.C. Plan to arrive roughly one hour before your scheduled departure, and at least two hours ahead during summer and holiday weekends. Be sure to check the ferry schedule for seasonal departures and best travel times.
You'll find plenty to do around the terminal. Trails lead down to the nearby beach and through the shoreline wetlands. You can browse the small gift shop, buy drinks and snacks, walk your dog in the dog-walking area and on the beach, relax at a picnic table, or boot up your laptop and take advantage of the terminal's wireless internet service. Easy does it—you're in San Juan Islands vacation mode now.
To drive to the Anacortes ferry terminal from Seattle:
- Take I-5 North
- Take Exit 230 to Burlington/Anacortes (or Exits 221 or 226 through scenic Skagit Valley)
- At the first light, turn left toward Anacortes onto Highway 20 west
- Follow Highway 20 west to Anacortes
- Once you reach Anacortes merge right into the traffic circle and another right onto Commercial Avenue
- Take a left at 12th St., where signs point you to the San Juan Islands ferry, and follow for about 2 miles to the terminal
Allow a comfortable 1 1/2 to 2 hours to enjoy the drive and the scenery from Seattle or Vancouver B.C. to the Anacortes ferry.
Board a Washington State Ferry in Anacortes, Washington, for a spectacular, scenic cruise to Lopez, Orcas, Shaw or San Juan Islands. You can also take a ferry to Sidney, B.C., just north of Victoria. In addition, you can "island hop" between our four, ferry-served islands. You can walk on with or without a bicycle, or drive your car on. Schedules change each season; visit our website for schedules, fares, parking, etc.
The Orcas Island ferry lands at Orcas Village, a tiny hamlet with a few shops, a post office, historic hotel and an excellent grocery store. Although generally quiet, "the Landing," as it is called by locals, is a meeting place for travelers and commuters. On Friday nights at Octavia's Bistro, named after the Orcas Hotel's first owner - and renown cook - you can enjoy jazz and a glass of local wine. [more...]
At the Lopez Ferry Landing, you can find maps and information for your stay on Lopez. You can also rent a bike and enjoy a hotdog and soda or beer at the Landing. Odlin County Park is just a mile down the road on the way to Lopez Village, about 4.5 miles away, where you'll find cafes, galleries and shops, as well as a well-stocked Chamber of Commerce office with friendly locals to help you find what you need. [more...]