Volunteer Vacation Opportunities

Giving back isn’t just something you can do at home. Rather, it’s a special opportunity to become part of the community you’re visiting.  

Moran State Park, Orcas Island

Orcas Island Scenic Byway

 Most stops are part of the state San Juan Islands Scenic Byway, designated for their unique beauty and cultural significance. Orcas Island is fit for experienced cyclists due to narrow, hilly,...

Spring Street, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Photography by Mike Bertrand

10 Fun Things to Do in Friday Harbor

A charming seaport built on a walkable hill leading up from the ferry, historic Friday Harbor has plenty to keep you busy - all within 1 square mile.

Jones Family Farms, Lopez Island

Lopez Island Farms & Food Tour

When you drive or bicycle the gently rolling hills of Lopez, you'll see some of the original farms, barns and orchards that cover this beautiful island.

Red Fox at American Camp, San Juan Islands National Historical Park, Photography by Deborah Hopkins-Buchanan

Responsible Wildlife Watching in the San Juans

Watch wildlife while respecting and protecting the animals and environment.

Couple at The Bay Cafe, Lopez Island, Photography by Robert Harrison

10 Ways to Add Romance to Your Winter Getaway to the San Juan Islands

End a day of storm-watching and winter hiking with amazing local fare and a glass of island wine by the fire.

San Juan Island Farm

San Juan Island Food & Farms Tour

San Juan Island's agricultural history is still visible in its landscape, dotted with weather-worn barns and farmhouses, fields of hay, cattle, horses and market gardens.

Where to Find Island Grown Foods

Island Grown in the San Juans celebrates the bounty of abundant farms and locally-grown food in our beautiful archipelago within the Salish Sea.

Family picnic on Mt. Constitution, Moran State Park, Orcas Island, Robert Harrison

Fun Family Activities in the San Juans

A great family vacation is all about having fun with your kids. From hiking to ziplining, paddleboating and facepainting, they'll talk about your family vacation all year.

Lime Kiln Point State Park, San Juan Island

San Juan Island Scenic Byway North

Part of the state San Juan Islands Scenic Byway, this tour features important sites in San Juan Island culture and history, including English Camp National Historical Park.

Bicycling past Pelindaba Lavender Farm, San Juan Island

San Juan Islands Scenic Byway Tour (South & West)

Each stop on this tour is part of the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway, honored for its cultural and natural beauty.

Kayaking in the San Juan Islands

Gourmet Kayaking Adventures

Kayaking in the San Juan Islands is a world-class adventure. Paddling through pristine waters to secret bays and islands, picnicing on gourmet fare, and enjoying stunning views are a must-do on...

Saloon Best, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Friday Harbor’s Haunted Past and Present

What small town doesn’t have a good ghost story or two? The historic port of Friday Harbor on San Juan Island certainly does.

Kayaking, San Juan Island, Courtesy of San Juan Outfitters

World-Class Kayaking in the San Juans

Secluded coves, kelp forests and gourmet overnights on uninhabited islands make island kayaking a world-class adventure

Pelindaba Lavender Farm, San Juan Island

San Juan Islands Made Products

From handmade jewelry to fine spirits, there are many high-quality products made in the San Juan Islands.

Lakedale Glamping Tent, San Juan Island

6 Great Glamping Spots in the San Juans

Love camping, but wish it happened in a hotel? Glamping is your thing. Here are 6 spots that will cater to the diva camper within.

Orca Whales, Photography by Jim Maya

Follow the Whale Trail

See orcas in the wild, learn about Salish Sea wildlife, and enjoy the ride into the whales' world!

Plan your perfect wedding in the San Juan Islands

If your getting married in the San Juans, here are some tips to make your day even more special.

Haunted Hotels of the San Juan Islands

Island ghost stories abound, but the better known apparitions lurk in the hallways of the islands’ historic lodgings.

Crow Valley Pottery

Orcas Island Arts

Orcas Island’s thriving art scene is centered in the village of Eastsound, but artists are at work all over the island.

Eastsound, Orcas Island

Orcas Island Food & Farms Tour

Rich in agricultural heritage, Orcas Island was a center for the Washington fruit packing industry in the early 20th century, and as you drive around the island on this self-guided tour

English Camp, San Juan Islands National Historical Park

150 Years of History in the San Juan Islands National Historical Park

English Camp, San Juan Islands National Historical Park

Liquid Arts

Local Liquid Arts

When it comes to drinking great locally made beverages, the San Juan Islands are coming of age. It used to be, visitors to Lopez, Orcas and San Juan Islands–and liquid-loving locals–would have to...

Photgraphy by Robert Harrison

10 Fun Ways to Give Back on your Family Vacation

From April, National Volunteer Month, and through the end of May, the San Juan Islands offer many opportunities for learning and giving back with your kids, from the Great Islands Beach Clean-up...

Whale watching, San Juan Islands, Washington

Into the Whale’s World

The breeze ruffled the water and the sun glinted off the shiny black-and-white whales, each with its own markings. Our naturalist called out and points to the group.

Lopez Island Historical Museum

Visiting Historic Lopez Village

Lopez Village is the commercial hub of Lopez Island, located about 4.5 miles from the ferry landing nestled along the entrance to Fisherman Bay.

Iceberg Point, Lopez Island

Lopez Island by Bike or Car

Lopez is the most rural of the three main San Juan Islands, covering 29.5 miles of rolling hills, farmland, woods and lakes. A bicycler’s paradise, “The Friendly Island” invites long, leisurely...

Traveling with Pets

Traveling with Pets

With pet-friendly lodgings and activities, your four-legged friends will get the royal treament in the San Juan Islands.

Girlfriends' Getaway to the San Juans

When it’s time to escape everyday responsibilities and get away with your best buds, look no further than the San Juan Islands of Washington State.

Boy on North Beach, Orcas Island, Photography by Robert Harrison

10 Fun Things to do this Summer in the San Juans

There are so many exciting and fun ways to enjoy the islands this summer, from 4th of July parades, to horseback riding in the forest, whale watching and barbecuing on the beach.

San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA), Friday Harbor

San Juan Island Arts Tour

Voted into the “Top Ten American Art Towns” by America the Beautiful, Friday Harbor is an art-lover’s paradise, where you can visit galleries, hear great music and see a play all within a few...

Hiking Cascade Waterfall, Moran State Park, Photography by Mark Gardner

Best Hikes in the San Juan Islands

Hiking trails on Orcas, Lopez and San Juan Islands take you past historic lighthouses, through serene cedar forests, and along grassy prairies.  Whether you want a quiet walk on the beach or a...

San Juan Islands Historical Park, English Camp

Fun Ways to Explore San Juan Islands History

The history of the San Juans is fascinating and there are so many opportunities to learn and have fun.

View from Mt. Constitution, Moran State Park, Orcas Island, San Juan Islands, Washington

When Do the Whales Swim By? and other Frequently Asked Questions

What time to the whales swim by? Where do you go in the winter? Locals answer your frequently asked questions about the San Juan Islands.

Cattle Point Bicycling, San Juan Island, Photography by Mark Gardner

Bicycling in the San Juan Islands

With three islands to choose from, bicycling in the San Juans is an ever-changing adventure.

Winter Romance, Photography by Robert Harrison

A Romantic Weekend in the San Juans

Fall in love all over again in the San Juan Islands this winter. Sunny, chilly walks on a driftwood-strewn beach, fresh salmon and local wine by candlelight, decadent desserts, and cocoa by the...

A Visit to the Whale Museum

Orca skeletons, hydrophones & science experiments makes a trip to the Whale Museum feel like a Night at the Museum

Otis Perkins State Park, Lopez Island, Photography by Robert Harrrison

Things to do this Winter in the San Juan Islands

The islands are quiet this time of year. Go winter hiking, or take a trail ride in a serene forest, followed by a refreshing local ale in a small pub. Spend time in an art museum or gallery, or...

Best Ways to Savor the San Juans

Enjoy farm tours, wine dinners, film festivals and arts events this fall in the San Juan Islands.

13 Tastes that Define the San Juans

Try wild-caught salmon with a fresh blackberry sauce, grass-fed lamb, or oysters on-the-half-shell fresh from a pristine, cold bay, and handcrafted wine and beer, cider and gins with locally...

8 Things to Do this Spring in the San Juan Islands

Springtime in the San Juans means colorful flowers, sunny days, baby lambs and orca whales. Enjoy the beauty of the islands on a hike or on horseback, from a kayak or canoe.

Photography by Robert Harrison

Brighten up the Holiday Season with Island Lights

The holidays in the San Juans are a bit like "It's a Wonderful Life," with small-town traditions, locals greeting each other on the street, and time to reflect on what really matters. This season...