Whether you ride a Washington State Ferry from Anacortes (you can now make a reservation at www.takeaferry.com), fly from Seattle or SeaTac Intl. Airport on a Kenmore Air seaplane or wheeled-plane or regional flight, rent a car or take an airporter shuttle from SeaTac, or hop on the seasonal Victoria Clipper from Seattle's waterfront, arriving at the ferry terminal or boarding your plane marks the beginning of your San Juan Islands vacation.
Getting here is half the fun! A leisurely ride on a Washington State Ferry gives you a taste of the archipelago's beauty, with a choice of stops at four islands—Lopez, Orcas, Shaw or San Juan. By plane you'll have a more expansive view—snow-tipped Mt. Baker, the Olympic and Cascade ranges, and beautiful islands stretching in every direction. The Victoria Clipper is also a convenient way to leave right from Seattle's waterfront for a day or overnight trip, or take a seasonal ferry from Bellingham or Port Townsend.