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.
Responsible Wildlife Watching in the San Juans
Watch wildlife while respecting and protecting the animals and environment.
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
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.
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.
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.
World-Class Kayaking in the San Juans
Secluded coves, kelp forests and gourmet overnights on uninhabited islands make island kayaking a world-class adventure
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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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
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...