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

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.

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.




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!