Biking in the Islands by Dana Halferty

Top Biking Experiences in the San Juan Islands

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

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!

Dog on South Beach, San Juan Island, Photo by Dana Halferty

Traveling with Pets

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

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.

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.

San Juan Islands Museum of Art, Friday Harbor, Photography by Michael Bertrand

Museums in Friday Harbor

From contemporary art to historical artifacts, the museums in Friday Harbor are worth exploring.

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...

Shark Reef Sanctuary, Photography by Robert Harrison

A Slow Weekend on Lopez Island

48 hours on Lopez is like a week in paradise.

Beautiful Islands, Leave-No-Trace Style

How a bucket list hike opened my eyes to the importance of preserving the San Juan Islands for future generations

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 one square mile.

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,...

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.

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.

Geocaching in the San Juan Islands

Hidden in tubes and boxes, then stashed under tree roots or hidden in plain site, geocaches are part of a worldwide phenomenon and a fun way to explore the San Juan Islands.

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.

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...

Best Hikes on Orcas Island

Orcas Island offers some of the best hiking in the San Juans, with big trees, hidden beaches and panoramic views of the sparkling Salish Sea dotted with islands.

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.

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.  

Bicycling past Pelindaba Lavender Farm, San Juan Island

San Juan Island 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

Give the gift of the Islands

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 several spots that will cater to the diva camper within.

Plan your perfect wedding in the San Juan Islands

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

Orcas Island Artworks, Orcas Island

Explore the Arts on Orcas Island

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

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...

English Camp, San Juan Islands National Historical Park

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

Explore the formal garden, serene shoreline and woods of English Camp, San Juan Islands National Historical Park

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.

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.

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...

Autimn at English Camp, San Juan Island

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

8 Fun Ways to Explore History in the Islands

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.

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.

Summer Concerts & Festivals

Don't miss the summer fun with festivals and music throughout the islands! The San Juan Islands Lavender Festival, concerts on the Village Green on Orcas Island, Doe Bay Fest, and more!

Boating in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Photography by John Sinclair

Multi-Generation Destination

When you get families together, inevitably, everyone has a different idea of fun. If you get everyone together in the San Juans, you'll find something to keep everyone busy and happy - and enjoy...

No Age Limit on Fun

One long-time Orcas resident shares her best tips for 3-generation family vacations.

Photography by Robert Harrison

Make Your Meetings Great in the San Juans

Plan your next company meeting or corporate retreat in the San Juan Islands, with beautiful venues, fun team-building activities and delicious, farm-to-table food.

Crazy Delicious Island Sips & Sweets

Some very talented people are making sure you have your desserts & drinks while you're in the San Juan Islands - and some to take home.

San Juan Islands Beach

Slow Down to Island Time

Slow down to Island Time when you visit Lopez, Orcas or San Juan Islands.

Reconnect with Nature on Orcas Island

Hiking to a waterfall or taking a refreshing dip in a mountain lake helps you to reconnect with nature on Orcas Island.

Bald Eagle and Western Gull by Jeff Friedman, Maya's Legacy

Where to Find Wildlife in the Winter

Winter's for the birds! Some bird species only call the San Juans home in the colder months. See where you can find them. 

Steller sea lion by Patrick McEvoy

Underrated Wildlife of the Salish Sea

What else lives in the Salish Sea? While the San Juans are well known for being home to orcas, there are lots of other fun wildlife species you may not have heard of before, all with their own...


Coffee in the San Juan Islands

Find your favorite coffees in the islands!


7 Must-Try Holiday Drinks in the San Juan Islands

Stir up some holiday cheer with these festive island drinks!

roche harbor coffee, photo by Jack Riley

5 Ways to Experience Hygge in the San Juan Islands

Hygge (pronounce hoo-ga) is a Danish term that refers to feelings of coziness, contentment, and togetherness – especially in the cold winter months. Hygge is found in the little things. Enjoy life...

Island Inn Ferry Alley

Green Getaways in the San Juan Islands

Green getaways in the San Juan Islands

Aerial of Friday Harbor with Ferry, San Juan Island

San Juan Islands Strong

The Visitors Bureau will encourage travel to the San Juan Islands in support of our small businesses when it is safe to do so once again. In the meantime, you can support businesses by buying gift...

#SanJuanIslandsTime Challenge

You're probably living on "island time" and don't even know it!

Spa Tubs at Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, Orcas Island, Washington

Treat Yourself to a Wellness Weekend Getaway in the San Juan Islands

The islands welcome you for a rejuvenating weekend of massage, yoga, spa treatments, forest bathing and delicious locally grown organic food. Create your own wellness weekend from these relaxing...

Small-town holiday fun in the San Juan Islands

Islanders celebrate their most cherished holiday traditions, from watching a sunset torchlight parade on Lopez and a memorable tree lighting in Friday Harbor, to chatting with Orcas Island artists...

Lopez Island Seed-to-Table

Small farm stands, a bounteous farmers' market, oysters by the dozen and gourmet dining options–Lopez Island has a little bit of everything fresh and local.

Shark Reef Sanctuary, Photography by Robert Harrison

9 Ways to Travel Green in the San Juans

From eating local, to bringing your own cup, sustainable travel is in the air—and the water.

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

Lime Kiln Point State Park, Kevin D. Holmes

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...

Helen's Farm, Lopez Island, Photography by Robert Harrison

Best Ways to Savor the San Juans

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

Produce basket, San Juan Island, Photography by Robert Harrison

13 Tastes that Define the San Juan Islands

Experience tide-to-table dining with fresh seafood and farm-to-table meals featuring heritage fruits. The San Juans are a flavor all their own!

Summer in the Islands

10 Fun Things to do this Summer in the San Juans

There are so many exciting  ways to enjoy the islands this summer, from 4th of July parades, to horseback riding in the forest, wildlife watching and barbecuing on the beach.  Check out these 10...

Things to do in the Spring

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.

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

Fun Family & Kids 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.

Romance at Lime Kiln Point State Park by Robert Harrison

Winter Romance in the San Juan Islands

The Islands are a wonderful place to slow down and reconnect with family, friends, or that special someone in your life.

Whether you're running away for a romantic weekend or seeking a...

Brighten up the Holiday Season - Island Style

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...