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. Travel time via the ferry from Anacortes is typically a little less than an hour.

Orcas Island Activities

Mount Constitution, the highest peak in the San Juans, is a challenging adventure for both bicyclists and hikers – fortunately, the summit can be reached via car as well. The view from atop Mount Constitution shouldn’t be missed.

Looking for a different kind of outdoor adventure? Charter a fishing trip, go for a horseback ride or visit an alpaca farm.

Arts abound on the island as well, with the village of Eastsound serving as the hub of Orcas’ arts scene.

Both a winery and brewery call Orcas Island home, as well as several restaurants that focus on using local products whenever possible.

To learn more about Orcas Island, go to visitsanjuans.com.

Orcas Island Lodging

There is no shortage of places to stay on Orcas Island. Stay in an authentic log cabin or a cottage on the water. For the adventurous, try a camping resort or bunk on a working farm.

Getting to Friday Harbor

Inter-island ferry service aboard the Washington State Ferries can take you to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in about 40 minutes (be sure to check exact crossing times). Inter-island tickets may be used between any two islands, and fare payment is required traveling westbound only.

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