The San Juan Islands Sights

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

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San Juan County Park

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

San Juan Historical Museum

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

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...

San Juan Islands Museum of Art

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

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

At this serene 20-acre park near Roche Harbor, you can stroll along winding trails to view more than 125 colorful, in many cases large-scale...

Shark Reef Sanctuary

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

South Beach at American Camp

  • Beach–Sight

This 6-mile public beach on the southern end of the island is part of San Juan Island National Historical Park. Amenities: parking...

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,...

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,...

Whale Museum

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A stairwell painted with a life-size underwater mural leads you into a world filled with models of whales and whale skeletons, recordings...


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