The San Juan Islands in the state of Washington are comprised of many islands of all sizes. San Juan Island is the largest of them all. It is one you will want to spend a lot of time on during your visit to the Pacific Northwest. There are so many things to do outside on this island. This is perfect since the weather doesn’t change much throughout the year.
One of the first things you will want to do while visiting San Juan Island is to see the wildlife via a kayaking adventure. You can venture out on a kayak for a couple of hours, half a day, an entire day, and even an overnight trip. The length of your adventure will determine how much of the wildlife you see. While you will see many wild animals, the ones you will be hoping to see the most are the whales.
If you love whales and want to learn more about them, a visit to the Whale Museum must be next on your list. You will learn about all the different whales that spend time in the Pacific Northwest and can even adopt a whale through their program. You can also visit Orcas Island.
The natural beauty of this island will have you wandering over to the Cattle Point Lighthouse. This lighthouse can be found on the southern end of the island. There has been some type of lighthouse in this location since 1888. But the one you will see was constructed by the Navy back in 1935.
Another way to see the gorgeous sights of this island is to board a seaplane for a tour. While this won’t really be a self-guided part of your tour, you will appreciate the fact you thought to add it to your itinerary! Your guide will share so much information with you during an adventure no one in your family will complain about.
One of the more fascinating places to visit on San Juan Island is Friday Harbor. So, we must make sure it is on your list of things to do. This is where you will find many local shops and restaurants. Many of the museums on the island are located in this area too. You can easily walk to this destination from where the ferry drops you off at the island.
You cannot leave San Juan Island without stopping at the San Juan Vineyards. This vineyard has been open since 1996. You are practically guaranteed to find a new wine during your wine tasting there. The rest of your family will love touring the vineyard and enjoying the events that take place there throughout the year.
San Juan Island is quite the destination to visit during your Pacific Northwest road trip. You can easily take a self-guided tour of this island, but there are many tour operators ready to show you around as well. Let’s work together to determine which option will work best for you, so you can have a fabulous time vacationing with your family!
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