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Traveling to the Islands

There are many ways to get to the San Juan Islands, and each option is a unique and beautiful journey.

The shorter your stay in the islands the more important it is to plan ahead. Booking activities, transportation, lodging, and dining in advance will make your trip run smoothly and you'll be more likely to get your first choices!

Drive or walk onto a Washington State Ferry from Anacortes for a leisurely ride through the islands. Stop at Lopez, Orcas, Shaw or San Juan Island, all while soaking in the beauty of the archipeligo. If you are bringing a car, be sure to make a reservation at car at


Ferry Samish and Mt Baker by Matthew Pranger

There are several regional flight options, including flying on a wheeled plane from Seattle's Boeing Field, or taking off from Lake Union or Lake Washington and enjoying stunning views from a seaplane. You can also rent a car or take an airporter shuttle from SeaTac to the Anacortes Ferry. Or hop onto the seasonal San Juan Clipper from Seattle for a beautiful 3 1/2-hour boat ride to Friday Harbor.

Regional flights and seaplanes

The Victoria Clipper is also a convenient way to leave right from Seattle's waterfront for a day or overnight trip. You can also take a seasonal ferry from Bellingham or Port Townsend. Find more options for water taxis and passenger ferries.

San Juan Clipper


In the Islands

Once you've made your way to the Islands, there's so much to do! Get around by bike, boat, car, trolley, bus or moped and discover the history, arts and culture that make the San Juans so special. Follow the Scenic Byway to get the full island experience.  Divided into three segments, the byway encompasses 30 miles along the beautiful, blue marine highway (Washington State Ferries routes), a driving tour around San Juan Island, and a driving tour on Orcas Island. Enjoy your adventure!

Dining in the islands

Dining in the Islands

Celebrate your arrival in the islands with local food! Check out these favorite restaurants!