Known as “the gem of the San Juans,” Orcas is a lush island of rolling hills and tall forests that draw bicyclists and hikers alike. Around each corner expect to find a stunning view, an artist’s studio or other island treasure. Inter-island ferry service can take you to Friday Harbor in about 40 minutes (be sure to check exact crossing times).
More to discover a short drive or ferry ride away
The neighboring communities on the islands and the mainland each have their own unique personality and points of interest. No matter where you choose to stay in this region, you’ll find beautiful scenery and friendly people.
Explore lodging options in these nearby locations.
Known as the “Friendly Isle,” Lopez boasts beaches, farmland and forest. As the least populated of the San Juan Islands, this is a place to truly unwind and enjoy the natural beauty around you. Inter-island ferry service can take you to Friday Harbor in about 1 hour 20 minutes (be sure to check exact crossing times).
Anacortes, located on Fidalgo Island, is 90 miles northwest of Seattle and 50 miles south of Vancouver, Canada, is home to the Washington State Ferry terminal that serves as the gateway to the San Juan Islands. This seaside town is known for its historic Old Town district and outdoor recreation activities.
For those who love to bond with nature, Camano Island offers the outdoor experience they are looking for. Stay at one of two state parks, try your hand fishing any time of year, stroll the beaches. Camano Island is located about an hour from the Anacortes ferry terminal.
Located on the Swinomish Channel in the Skagit River delta, La Conner is part seaport, part farm town. Named a “Best Northwest Escape,” there are many charming lodging facilities here. La Conner is approximately 1 hour from Seattle and just 35 minutes from the Anacortes ferry terminal.
With a character uniquely its own, Langley invites visitors to spend the day browsing bookstores, shops and galleries, noshing at one of its many fine restaurants, and relaxing at an inn or B&B. From Langley it takes approximately 1 hour 25 minutes to the Anacortes Ferry Terminal, traveling via scenic Whidbey Island.