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

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.

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.

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

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,...

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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

Moran State Park, 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.

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.