The San Juan Islands

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The San Juan Islands - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Lime Kiln Point State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    To watch whales cavorting in Haro Strait, head to these 36 acres on San Juan's western side just 9 miles from Friday Harbor. A rocky coastal...Read More

  • 2. Moran State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This pristine patch of wilderness comprises 5,252 acres of hilly, old-growth forests dotted with sparkling lakes, in the middle of which rises...Read More

  • 3. Roche Harbor


    It's hard to believe that fashionable Roche Harbor at the northern end of San Juan Island was once the most important producer of builder's...Read More

  • 4. San Juan Island National Historic Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Fortifications and other 19th-century military installments commemorate the Pig War, in which the United States and Great Britain nearly went...Read More

  • 5. Shark Reef Sanctuary


    A quiet forest trail along beautiful Shark Reef leads to an isolated headland jutting out above the bay. The sounds of raucous barks and squeals...Read More

  • 6. Turtleback Mountain Preserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A more peaceful, less crowded hiking and wildlife-watching alternative to Moran State Park, this 1,576-acre expanse of rugged ridges, wildflower...Read More

  • 7. Krystal Acres Alpaca Farm


    Kids and adults love admiring the more than 70 alpacas from South America at this sprawling 80-acre ranch on the west side of the island. The...Read More

  • 8. Lopez Island Historical Museum


    Artifacts from the region's Native American tribes and early settlers include some impressive ship and small-boat models and maps of local landmarks...Read More

  • 9. Lopez Island Vineyards


    You sample wines from this popular wine-making operation, which is open by appointment only, a couple of days per week (you can also taste and...Read More

  • 10. Moran Museum at Rosario


    This 1909 mansion that forms the centerpiece of Rosario Resort was constructed as the vacation home of Seattle shipping magnate and mayor Robert...Read More

  • 11. Orcas Island Historical Museum


    Surrounded by Eastsound's lively shops and cafés, this museum comprises several reassembled and relocated late-19th-century pioneer cabins....Read More

  • 12. Pelindaba Lavender Farm


    Wander a spectacular 20-acre valley smothered with endless rows of fragrant purple-and-gold lavender blossoms. The oils are distilled for use...Read More

  • 13. San Juan County Park


    You'll find a wide gravel beachfront at this park 10 miles west of Friday Harbor, overlooking waters where orcas often frolic in summer, plus...Read More

  • 14. San Juan Historical Museum


    This museum in an old farmhouse presents island life at the turn of the 20th century through historic photography, documents, and buildings. ...Read More

  • 15. San Juan Islands Museum of Art


    Previously known as the Visual Arts Museum, this facility now generally referred to as the SJIMA presents rotating art shows and exhibits with...Read More

  • 16. San Juan Islands Sculpture Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    At this serene 20-acre park near Roche Harbor, you can stroll along five winding trails to view more than 150 colorful, in many cases large...Read More

  • 17. South Beach at American Camp


    This 2-mile public beach on the southern end of the island is part of San Juan Island National Historical Park. Amenities: parking (free)...Read More

  • 18. Spencer Spit State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Set on a spit along the Cascadia Marine Trail for kayakers, this popular spot for summer camping is on former Native American clamming, crabbing...Read More

  • 19. Whale Museum


    A dramatic exterior mural depicting several types of whales welcomes you into a world filled with models of whales and whale skeletons, recordings...Read More

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