Attractions

Top Choice Park in Lopez Island

Spencer Spit State Park

Spencer Spit State Park is one of only four state parks on the San Juan archipelago. Two sand spits have formed a marshy lagoon that is a prime spot for various species of waterfowl. It's a good place to kayak, fish…
Park in Orcas Island

Moran State Park

In 1911 Robert Moran donated 7 sq miles of his property to create this park on the eastern saddlebag of Orcas Island. The park is dominated by 2409ft Mt Constitution, the archipelago's highest point. On a clear day …
Park in Orcas Island

Turtleback Mountain Preserve

Saved from possible development when it was bought for $18.5 million as public land in 2007, Orcas' second mountain (rising to 1519ft) was in private hands for so long that most people had forgotten what was there. …
Park in San Juan Island

Lime Kiln Point State Park

Clinging to the island's rocky west coast, this beautiful park overlooks the deep Haro Strait and is reputedly one of the best places in the world to view whales from the shoreline. The word is out, however, so the …
Historic Site in San Juan Island

San Juan Island National Historical Park

Known more for their scenery than their history, the San Juans nonetheless hide one of the 19th century's oddest political confrontations, the so-called 'Pig War' between the USA and Britain. This curious standoff i…
Historic Site in San Juan Island

San Juan Island National Historical Park (English Camp)

English Camp, 9 miles northwest of Friday Harbor, contains the remains of British military facilities dating from the 1860s. A path from the parking area leads down to a handful of restored buildings that lie in an …
Historic Site in San Juan Island

San Juan Island National Historical Park (American Camp)

On the southern flank of the island, the American Camp hosts a small visitor center and is a good place to start your historical excursion. Among the remnants of an old fort are the officers' quarters and a laundres…
Museum in San Juan Island

Whale Museum

If you have time for only one sight, be sure to visit the excellent Whale Museum, a small but cleverly arranged space dedicated to the life of the orca (killer whale), which has become something of a San Juan Island…
Museum in Orcas Island

Orcas Island Historical Museum

Housed in a series of six original homesteader cabins dating from the 1880s, this island museum relates the pioneer and local history of Orcas and the San Juan Islands. Besides the usual collection of household good…
Museum in San Juan Island

San Juan Historical Museum

In an 1890s farmhouse on the outskirts of Friday Harbor, the San Juan Historical Museum commemorates early pioneer life on San Juan Island. While the building itself is interesting for its vernacular architecture, t…