There are many ways to get to the San Juan Islands, and each option is a unique and beautiful journey. Drive or walk onto a Washington State Ferry from Anacortes (make a reservation for your car at www.takeaferry.com). 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 ferry. Or hop onto the seasonal San Juan Clipper from Seattle for a quick 2-hour boat ride to Friday Harbor.
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.