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Venture out to the Pacific Northwestern territories. Escape into the beauty that thousands of people travel from all around the world to experience.

Lime Kiln Point State Park

 

Located on the scenic westside of San Juan Island, this 36-acre park features the Island’s iconic lighthouse as well as some of the best wildlife viewing areas around. Noted as one of the best places to see orca whales from land, nearby forests of bull kelp are home to and support a vast web of creatures including salmon, eagles, seals, and otters. With abundant parking, restrooms, and a seasonal interpretive center, this is a premier location to experience the natural beauty of the San Juan Islands.

English Camp and Young Hill

 

Located a short drive from Roche Harbor on relaxing Garrison Bay, English Camp is comprised of historic buildings from the British encampment of the 19th century Pig War conflict. This non-violent territorial dispute between America and England lasted from 1859 to 1871 and eventually decided the American sovereignty of the San Juan Islands. If hiking is more up your alley, 650-foot Young Hill features panoramic views from the Olympic Mountains to Canada’s Gulf Islands. With a trailhead beginning at the parking lot of English Camp, this short but exciting trek is an ideal outdoor excursion.

Cattle Point Lighthouse

 

On the southern tip of San Juan Island you’ll find the Cattle Point Lighthouse, an iconic structure of the Islands coastline. Named for cattle that appeared at the point when the Hudson’s Bay Company established a ranch in the area in 1853, this is a favorite spot for sightseeing all that the northwest has to offer. Expansive views span from Vancouver Island across the Strait of Juan De Fuca and the Olympic Mountains to Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, & the bold Cascade Range. Frequented by humans and animals alike, keep a look out for deer, eagles and marine mammals such as seals and sea lions along the water’s edge.

South Beach and American Camp

 

The longest public beach in the islands, South Beach is an ideal location to walk along the waters edge, build a driftwood fort, or take in spacious views of the Strait of Juan De Fuca. The vast grassy hills that lead to the beach are home to deer, rabbits, and foxes, as well as presided over by eagles & hawks. This charming meadowland also features historic buildings from the American outpost of the Pig War, a territorial conflict between the American and English which lasted from 1859 to 1871. Evening bonfires & colorful sunsets fill the sky & illuminate the waters as days come to an end at this idyllic island setting.

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