• American Camp parade ground looking west

    San Juan Island

    National Historical Park Washington

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San Juan Island is the second largest island in the archipelago of the same name, which is located in the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island in British Columbia and the U.S. mainland.

The island is served by Washington State Ferries, several private cruise and shuttle craft and three air carriers. Greyhound bus and Amtrak provide service to Mount Vernon, where passengers can take local transit or taxis to Anacortes. One airport shuttle carries passengers from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport directly to the terminal several times a day. Another offers rides to and from the island once a day.

For detailed information about transportation options and directions, please click on the links above.

 
ferry in the islands
One of the best ways to enjoy the scenery in the San Juan Islands is from the deck of the ferry.
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Did You Know?

West Valley Road on San Juan Island

Many of San Juan Island's roads trace sheep runs cut by Hudson's Bay Company workers. They were led, in part, by Fort Victoria Chief Factor and colonial Gov. James Douglas, from 1853 to 1859. Many of the workers were Cowichan Indians from Vancouver Island.