8 days in San Juan Islands Itinerary

8 days in San Juan Islands Itinerary

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8 days in San Juan Islands Itinerary

New York City
+4
train + Fly + tram + bus + Fly:  12​h 45​min
Orcas Island
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Lopez Island
— 1 night
Fly:  13​h 45​min
New York City

4
days
Orcas Island

Orcas Island ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Darvill's Bookstore and Buck Bay Shellfish Farm. Escape the urban bustle at Turtleback Mountain and Obstruction Pass State Park. Spend the 29th (Wed) exploring nature at Sucia Island State Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Orcas Island trip planner .

New York City to Orcas Island is an approximately 13-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and ferry; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from New York City to Orcas Island, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, expect Orcas Island to be a bit cooler, temps between 69°F and 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Lopez Island.

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Sucia Island State Park ©
Sucia Island State Park
Buck Bay Shellfish Farm
Buck Bay Shellfish Farm
The Orcas Island Historical Museum ©
The Orcas Island Historical Museum

2
days
Lopez Island

Lopez Island ©
Lopez Island is the third largest of the San Juan Islands & an unincorporated town in San Juan County, Washington, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Shark Reef Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Iceberg Point and then immerse yourself in nature at Spencer Spit State Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lopez Island driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Orcas Island to Lopez Island takes an hour. In September, plan for daily highs up to 67°F, and evening lows to 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

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Spencer Spit State Park ©
Spencer Spit State Park