One of the best parts of living in the Pacific Northwest is that while we have the great city area, we are in close proximity to the mountains and islands and coast. Typically within a few hours, and usually less, you can be at any one of these places. One of my favorite places to take a day or overnight trip is to Orcas Island, located in the beautiful San Juan Islands.
Orcas Island is a rural place that is perfect for nature lovers and those that just want to escape for a romantic night away. It’s located in the very northwestern part of Washington State. Orcas is a nature lover’s dream. Filled with soaring eagles and wild deer, you will feel very far away from the city. You can also get a good look at whales as there are a fair number of whale watching tours in the area.
There are several lovely beaches in the area. While the islands have a milder climate than other parts of Washington State, it can get chilly so these are best to visit in the spring and summer. It’s also fun to go kayaking in the Puget Sound. During the summer, there is a farmer’s market filled with handicrafts and locally made soaps and clothing.
One of the most memorable points on Orcas Island is Mount Constitution. It is a located in Moran State Park, which is a total of 5.000 square feet. Climb up to the top of Mount Constitution and it is a view that one could only dream of. Moran State Park is also filled with waterfalls and lakes.
To get to Orcas Island, you will need to do so via the ferry system. This is located in Anacortes Washington, Northwest of Seattle by approximately 78 miles. The ferry goes to all of the San Juan Islands- Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Lopez Island, and Shaw Island. The ferry ride is absolutely gorgeous. Stand out on the deck to get the full view!