10 Island Vacations, Made in America

Washington: San Juan Island
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Washington: San Juan Island

San Juan Islands are an archipelago made up of more than 170 islands. Among them is San Juan Island, a popular whale-watching destination. Rent a moped and ride to Lime Kiln Point State Park to spot orcas, minke whales, seals, and otters. In the summer, the 1919 working lighthouse hosts tours, wildlife talks, and live music events. In and around the 55-square-mile island, you can also visit the Pelindaba Lavender organic farm; meet fluffy Huacaya alpacas at Krystal Acres; shop at a farmers market; or go cold-water diving to discover the ocean’s residence — octopus, sea urchins, wolf eels, and king crabs. Opened in 2014, the contemporary San Juan Islands Museum of Art has featured works by Ansel Adams and Ai Weiwei. The historic one-square-mile Friday Harbor offers plenty of shopping and dining options. Opt for craft beers, sandwiches, and a cheese plate at San Juan Island Cheese or inventive cocktails and food made with foraged Pacific Northwest ingredients at Duck Soup Inn