Best for Whales
Lime Kiln Point State Park, Washington
Midway up the current-swept west coast of San Juan Island, Lime Kiln Point State Park overlooks the swirling stretch of emerald-green water that rushes through Haro Strait – a submarine canyon separating the San Juan Islands from Vancouver Island. Gangs of Orcas congregate here to hunt the seasonal influx of salmon, making this one of the best places in the world to kayak alongside these aquatic wolf packs. Outfitters such as Sea Quest Expeditions lead kayakers on day and overnight trips to Lime Kiln Point and other whale hot spots along the island's west coast.