Top Biking Experiences in the San Juan Islands
With three islands to choose from, bicycling in the San Juans is an ever-changing adventure.
Follow the Whale Trail
See orcas in the wild, learn about Salish Sea wildlife, and enjoy the ride into the whales' world!
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 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.
Responsible Wildlife Watching in the San Juans
Watch wildlife while respecting and protecting the animals and environment.
Museums in Friday Harbor
From contemporary art to historical artifacts, the museums in Friday Harbor are worth exploring.
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...
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
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.
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,...
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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
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 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...
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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
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 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!
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...
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.
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.
10 Ways to Add Romance to Your Winter Getaway to 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...