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Families will love:

  • Surprisingly, lots of sunshine
  • Many intriguing family activities
  • Saturday morning farmers markets

As soon as the Washington State Ferry leaves the port of Anacortes (75 miles north of Seattle) and starts to slice through the bluish-green waters, tranquility seeps in. Surrounding you are fir-topped islands, the more than 170 islands that make up the chain they call the San Juans. A bald eagle is very likely to swoop overhead, the fin of a black-and-white orca whale ... more
As soon as the Washington State Ferry leaves the port of Anacortes (75 miles north of Seattle) and starts to slice through the bluish-green waters, tranquility seeps in. Surrounding you are fir-topped islands, the more than 170 islands that make up the chain they call the San Juans. A bald eagle is very likely to swoop overhead, the fin of a black-and-white orca whale might be swimming alongside the ship. Before you know it (in less than an hour), you arrive at San Juan Island, Orcas Island, or Lopez Island, the three most populous islands in the bunch, and your adventure begins.

If you're looking for a mega-resort with a large pool and kids' club, you've chosen the wrong destination. Sure, there are a number of good lodgings for families, but mom and dad are the counselors in the San Juan Islands and immersing yourself in the glorious terrain is the ultimate goal. There are more than enough intriguing activities to keep the kids entertained, from whale-watching and sea kayaking to biking, hiking, and zip-lining. Afterward, you'll dine at restaurants that adhere to the farm-to-table movement, especially when produce grows so well in these fertile environs.

The mix of dense forest, ocean waters, and rocky bluffs is an enticing lure in the summer months. This being the Northwest, you'd also expect rain. Not true. Smack dab between the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula and British Columbia's Vancouver Islands, the San Juans occupy one of the driest pockets of the entire region. Days tend to have 16 hours of sun, with just one inch of rain a month, on average, from July through September. Convinced?

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