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You’ll discover something new around every bend in the road on San Juan Island. Meet the largest herd of alpacas in the islands, or spend your day picnicking in fields of lavender. Visit the iconic lighthouses and learn about the rich maritime history of the San Juans.  Variety, beauty, serenity ... day after amazing day.

Friday Harbor

Historic and just one square mile in size, Friday Harbor is the very walkable hub of San Juan Island. 

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Scenic Byway

The Scenic Byway takes you through rolling farmlands, along stunning coastlines, and past some of the main attractions on San Juan Island, including Cattle Point Lighthouse, The National Historical Park, Lime Kiln Point Lighthouse, San Juan Vineyards, and more!

Follow the Route

When you travel San Juan Island beyond Friday Harbor, you’ll journey through miles of farmland and stretches of forest on your way to American Camp or English Camp, both part of the San Juan Island National Historical Park, or to the two waterfront state and county parks. You’re bound to hear about the 1859-1872 Pig War ”Crisis,” when Great Britain and the United States settled ownership of the islands through peaceful arbitration—the national park marks the sites of the U.S. and British encampments. 

American Camp includes the island’s longest stretch of beach, South Beach, and a network of forested and open trails along the coast, Jakle’s Lagoon and Mt. Finlayson. Orcas occasionally swim past this beach, and sharp-eyed youngsters may spot agates among the beach’s colorful stones. Close to Friday Harbor lies Jackson Beach, a popular picnicking, wading, and dog-walking/swimming spot.

Lime Kiln Point State Park on the island’s west side is also known as Whale Watch Park for good reason—the three local orca pods are frequent summer visitors. This is the only park in the world dedicated to shore-based orca whale watching. A seasonal interpretative center offers information on orcas and a history of the lime kilns and the nearby lighthouse, and you have a choice of forest and shoreline hiking trails.

Other popular stops: Pelindaba Lavender Farm in the middle of the island, one of the largest in the country, for a taste of all things lavender in the aromatic store, housed in a historic island home—and host to the July lavender festival. Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm, also mid-island, where more than 50 endearing alpacas roam the gentle pasture slopes. Stroll around the farm and browse the store for alpaca everything—socks, scarves, toys, and sweaters.

At historic Roche Harbor on the north end of the island you’ll find several waterside eateries, a marina full of beautiful yachts, and local artisans’ booths in summer—showing off jewelry, wool, paintings, pottery, and more. Take a cycling or driving tour of the north side of the island.

The resort’s centerpiece, the Hotel de Haro, has stood since 1886, when what was a sleepy Hudson Bay Company camp became a full-fledged lime works and company town—remnants of the giant lime kilns are still there. Near the entrance to Roche Harbor you’ll find the San Juan Islands Sculpture Park—more than 125 sculptures placed in an open, 19-acre, natural setting. You can ramble among the sculptures or follow the nearby nature trail that takes you into a native forest and close to Westcott Bay Shellfish Company, home of the world-famous oysters. You can also visit the Westcott Bay Cider and San Juan Island Distillery, near Roche Harbor.

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Friday Harbor
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Roche Harbor
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Lime Kiln Point State Park & Lighthouse
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Pelindaba Lavender Farm
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English Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park
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American Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park
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Cattle Point Lighthouse
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Friday Harbor

Welcome to Friday Harbor - the "Gateway to the San Juan Islands!" A charming, historic, walkable seaport, Friday Harbor is just steps from the ferry landing, with small, friendly shops and restaurants, and a refreshing absence of box stores and fast-food chains. In this visitor-, family-, and dog-friendly town, you’ll find a multitude of options to explore the island's history, arts, trails, and more.

San Juan Island Historical Museum
The Whale Museum
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Roche Harbor

Roche Harbor, found on the north end of San Juan Island, is an historic oasis and a boater's paradise. Visit the famous Hotel de Haro, walk the formal gardens, dine at one of the three restaurants, and soak in the history, grandeur, and beauty of this resort village and marina. Roche Harbor will capture your heart.

Roche Harbor Dining
Roche Harbor Marina
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Lime Kiln Point State Park & Lighthouse

This fully operational lighthouse, built in 1919 and located in Lime Kiln Point State Park, is one of the most popular and stunning locations on San Juan Island. Also known as "Whale Watch Park," it is one of the best places to view orca whales from land. The interpretive center is open and lighthouse tours are available from mid-May to mid-September.  

Hiking
How to be Whale Wise
Following the Whale Trail
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Pelindaba Lavender Farm

Pelindaba Lavender Farm, spread over 25 beautiful acres with lake and Olympic Mountain views, has become one of the San Juans' most popular visitor destinations. Bring your leashed furry friends, a picnic, and your camera and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of the lavender farm. Find more than 200 lavender-based products, a nursery, on-site essential oil distillery, and educational exhibits at the Gatehouse Farm Store. The Annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival is held at the Farm the 3rd weekend in July.

The Art of Painting Lavender
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English Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park

English Camp is bursting with history and natural beauty. The Royal Marines lived at English Camp during "The Pig War," and today you can visit sites including the parade ground, barracks, blockhouse, commissary, and formal garden. Visit the seasonal visitor center, hike to the top of Young Hill, or spend a day in the orchards.

150 Years of History at San Juan Island National Historical Park
Hiking at English Camp -Young Hill & Bell Point
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American Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park

American Camp is located on the southern end of San Juan Island. American soliders lived at American Camp during the peaceful 12-year joint British/U.S. occupation of San Juan Island, known as "The Pig War." Today, you can visit sites from the 1800s including the parade ground, laundress quarters, and officers quarters. American Camp also features a new visitor center, a network of trails, and the longest beach on the island - South Beach.

South Beach
Mt. Finlayson / Jakle's Lagoon
Safely Watching / Photographing Foxes
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Cattle Point Lighthouse

The Department of Natural Resource's Cattle Point Interpretive Area is just past the Cattle Point Lighthouse. Cattle appeared at the point in 1853, when the Hudson's Bay Company established a ranch on the southern end of the island. This lighthouse was built in 1935, but a navigational lantern has been on watch here since 1888. Look for deer, eagles and marine mammals such as seals and sea lions from the shelter, picnic area and beach below.

Great Hikes on San Juan Island
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Friday Harbor
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American Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park
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Cattle Point Lighthouse
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