Friday Harbor, Washington is one of the top destinations in the San Juan Islands. This little community is located on San Juan Island and is the site of the Washington State Ferry terminal. While you can get there by private boat or float plane, the most likely way you will arrive is via the Friday Harbor ferry ride from Anacortes on Fidalgo Island.
While you difinitely get a feeling of getting away from it all when you visit the islands, you’re not off the grid there and there are a lot of amenities to be found. Many of the local Friday Harbor restaurants and cafes are highly thought of and have a stellar reputation known throughout the Pacific Northwest. San Juan Island is large for an island but overall a very small place to visit. This means that whether you choose to stay in a Friday Harbor resort, hotel, cabin, or even a campground, you will be conveniently located to all of the great places worth seeing and experiencing there.
Things To Do In Friday Harbor
One of the top things to do in Friday Harbor is to sink back and drift away into the island lifestyle. Let the relaxed way of life smother you and you’ll feel all the pressures of home and work just melt away. You can also get out on the water when you visit Friday Harbor by taking a charter tour, fishing trip, or whale watching excursion. For a more independent experience, rent or bring your own kayaks! Speaking of whales, Friday Harbor is also home to the Whale Museum which is a hit with both kids and adults. When you venture out from Friday Harbor to explore the rest of San Juan Island, don’t miss out on Lime Kiln State Park, English Camp, Cattle Park, San Juan Islands Sculpture Park, and any of the many art studios and family farms that are available to visit. Going to Friday Harbor means you will have no shortage of fun things to do and see.
Taking the ferry to Friday Harbor is the first step in what is sure to be a memorable weekend or extended stay in one of the most beautiful parts of Washington State.
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FRIDAY HARBOR WATERFRONT COTTAGE
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Fort Casey State Park is one of the most unique state park in Washington. As the name would indicate, the park is on the site of the former Fort Casey which had use in conjunction with Fort Worden and Fort Flagler for the purpose of guarding the entrance to Puget Sound. Today, you can go to Fort Casey and explore the old bunkers, fortifications, gun emplacements, military buildings, and of course Admiralty Head Lighthouse.
Fort Casey State Park is also located right next to the Washington State Ferries terminal. When you camp there, some spots allow for close up viewing of the ferry as it comes and goes all day long. You can also conveniently take the ferry to Port Townsend.
Things To Do At Fort Casey State Park
Of all the things to do at Fort Casey State Park, visiting all the historical features is probably the most popular. Camping there can also be both fun and convenient because the park works as a great headquarters for exploring all of Whidbey Island. The communities of Coupeville, Langley, and Oak Harbor are nearby, as is the famous Deception Pass Bridge. While in the park, boating, diving, beach combing, bird watching, and fishing are also available to you.
Whether wanting to be active or choosing to kick back and relax, Fort Casey State Park is a great destination.
The State of Washington routinely puts out statistics every year showing that Deception Pass State Park is the most popular park in the state park system. One visit and you’ll see just why that is too.
Deception Pass is located on the north end of Whidbey Island and the famous Deception Pass Bridge connects it to Fidalgo Island. Crossing the bridge is one of the best and most scenic parts about being on the Cascade Loop too. Immediately west of the bridge is Deception Pass State Park. Before you visit, make sure you have your state parks pass, although you can purchase one there at the park too. This is where the best Whidbey Island camping is. The campground is immaculate, the access to the water is easy, and there is so much to do there. If you like hiking, the Deception Pass trails will lead you through the forested areas and down along the water. With a boat launch there, and even some local tour services, you can even get out on the water while staying there. Or you can just relax back at your site and experience the Deception Pass camping lifestyle that attracts so many each and every year.
Things To Do At Deception Pass State Park
The campground and the water are the two biggest draws at Deception Pass State Park. Among the many activities there are fishing, boating, beachcombing, hiking, wildlife viewing, picnicking, horseback riding, clamming, crabbing, diving, swimming, kayaking, horseshoes, mountain biking, sailboarding, and more. You can also get out and explore the nearby communities of Anacortes, La Conner, Oak Harbor, Langley, and Coupeville too.
Deception Pass State Park is a great place to stay or at least stop by and experience when you’re out on Whidbey Island.
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Coupeville, Washington is located in the central part of Whidbey Island, Washington and is home to just under 2,000 full time residents. This tiny community is very popular though, thanks in large part to its uniqueness. When you visit Coupeville, you will right away notice that it is unlike most other places you’ve ever seen.
Coupeville not only sits right on the water, offering all kinds of recreation opportunities as well as scenic locations, but it is also home to a vibrant arts community. It’s also the perfect place to use as a base of operations if you want to get out and explore the rest of Whidbey Island, Washington. This is one of the best places to come to if you’re looking for that classic Whidbey Island bed and breakfast experience.
Things To Do In Coupeville, Washington
There are a lot of things to do in Coupeville and on Whidbey Island in general. Staying in town, you’ll be able to walk along the waterfront and explor the shops, restaurants, cafes, and other businesses. While there, make sure you check out the wharf too. The art galleries and museums there are very welcoming too, and exploring them is a nice way to spend a few hours. You can get out on the water there too by chartering a tour or renting kayaks. Venturing out from Coupeville allows you to explore nearby attractions like Fort Casey State Park, Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, Admiralty Head Lighthouse, and Deception Pass. You can also very easily visit the neighboring communities of Langley and Oak Harbor.
You simply cannot go wrong by choosing Coupeville as your Washington Coast destination of choice.
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HARRINGTON LAGOON HIDEAWAY
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Bainbridge Island is the name of both a city and an island, and sits to the west of Seattle. Bainbridge Island, Washington is accessed by most from the Seattle ferry terminal. Once you take the ferry to Bainbridge Island though, you’ll be far away from the hectic city life you’ve just left behind.
Bainbridge Island is a gorgeous little slice of island life featuring several places to get down to the water or get out into nature. The forest land combined with the water of Puget Sound also make it very popular with photographers.
Things To Do On Bainbridge Island
Other than the Seattle to Bainbridge Island ferry ride, which can be a lot of fun and quite the experience, there are a lot of things to do on Bainbridge Island. The island is home to several popular and highly thought of museums. As you explore Bainbridge Island, you have the opportunity to stop and experience several breweries, pubs, and wineries too. It’s also home to quite a few parks, nature reserves, state parks, and historical sites. One of the most important historical sites on the island is the Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial. This, along with the information available at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, details and memorializes the fact that the island that is popular today as a destination and place of residence, was once home to a World War II era Japanese Internment Camp.
Without a doubt, any amount of time you spend on Bainbridge Island is time well spent indeed.
Anacortes WA” width=”480″ height=”359″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-67″ />Anacortes, Washington is a beautiful little city located on the northern coast of Fidalgo Island. It’s probably most known for being the departure point for travelers taking a ride on a Washington State Ferry to the San Juan Islands.
If you are taking such a trip, check your Anacortes ferry schedule ahead of time and leave yourself some free time to have fun while exploring what Anacortes has to offer. If you are visiting Anacortes as a destination, as a stop during a larger trip around Fidalgo and Whidbey island, or as part of your exploration of the Cascade Loop, you are sure to have a great time.
Things To Do In Anacortes
There is a long list of things to do in Anacortes including museums to visit, great dining options to sample, trails to walk, waterfront activity to watch, impressive parks to visit, and a number of chances to get out on the local waters for fishing or whale watching trips. There is also a casino nearby too.
The Washington Coast is a great place to visit and if you’re looking for a special getaway out on the islands, then a visit to Anacortes could be just what you need.
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FIDALGO COUNTRY INN
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