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Planning a Day Trip to San Juan Island

San Juan Island is full of unique experiences that could occupy your time for weeks on end! So how do you make the most of your day trip?

We recommend following the Scenic Byway. Whether by car, moped, or transit, this driving route takes you toward stunning vistas, past fragrant fields of lavender, and to notable stops like the National Historical Parks, Roche Harbor, and Lime Kiln Lighthouse. Be sure to leave time for shopping and a bite to eat in Friday Harbor before you leave!

Use the itinerary below to find the must-visit stops for your day of exploring! 

Stop 1
Friday Harbor
Stop 2
Roche Harbor
Stop 3
Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm
Stop 4
Lime Kiln Point State Park & Lighthouse
Stop 5
Pelindaba Lavender Farm
Stop 6
English Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park
Stop 7
American Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park
Stop 8
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.

Ferry Terminal
San Juan Island Chamber & Visitor Information Center
Shopping in Town
Dining Options & Grocery
San Juan Island Museum of Art
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.

Historic Resort
Sculpture Park
Shopping & Grocery
Roche Harbor Dining
Roche Harbor Marina
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Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm

Come see the largest herd of alpacas in the San Juans on this 50-acre working farm on the beautiful West Side. Alpacas grow one of the world's softest, most luxurious fibers, and are also irresistibly cute. Alpaca fiber is the most sustainable, socially responsible, cruelty-free and functional fiber found in today's textile market. The whole family will enjoy a self-guided stroll around the beautiful grounds. Guided educational tours may be scheduled by calling a week in advance. The Country Store offers a wide selection of beautiful alpaca clothing, accessories, and gifts, and is where visitors can feel the amazing softness of alpaca fiber. The farm is easily found, just minutes from Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor Resort.

Self-Guided Farm Tours
Farm Store
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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.  

Historic Lighthouse & Information Center
Hiking Trails
Whale Watching
Whale Trail Information
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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.

Lavender Farm Store & Nursery
Great Photo-ops and Picnicking
Highlight 1
Seasonal Events, Classes & Refreshments
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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.

Longest Beach on the Island - South Beach
Hiking Trails at Mt. Finlayson / Jakle's Lagoon
Information on Safe Wildlife Watching in the Park
Visitor Information Center
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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.

Hiking Trails
Interpretive Center & Beach Access Nearby
STOP 1
Friday Harbor
STOP 2
Roche Harbor
STOP 3
Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm
STOP 4
Lime Kiln Point State Park & Lighthouse
STOP 5
Pelindaba Lavender Farm
STOP 6
English Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park
STOP 7
American Camp, San Juan Island National Historical Park
STOP 8
Cattle Point Lighthouse

Looking for a little more adventure? Check out the recreation and wildlife tours on the island. Book a whale and wildlife tour from Friday Harbor or a 3-hour kayaking trip. Many trips depart from docks in town or shuttle you to the launch site. Or, stay on land an consider renting bikes or taking San Juan Transit or the Friday Harbor Jolly Trolley to one of the stops with a trailhead. Explore hiking routes in the National Historical Park, Lime Kiln Lighthouse, Roche Harbor, and more. 

Contact Us:
San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau
info@visitsanjuans.com
1-888-468-3701 | (360) 378-9551
P.O. Box 1330, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250
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