A map of the Salish Sea can look like the early phases of a Jackson Pollock painting. With the blue of the water set as a canvas, a scattering of seemingly unconnected islands acts as paint blotches. Yet, nestled northeast, as close to Canadian waters as you can get while staying stateside, is the collection of San Juan Islands.
Getting to the San Juan Islands can be remarkably difficult during the summer. Drawn by the almost definite months of unaccustomed sunshine, tourists and locals both scurry from the mainland inevitably jamming busy ferry lines.
Yet, there’s a clear cut and quick way north that nixes the chaos and saves money and time while offering a truly unique experience. In lieu of rolling around to Anacortes and waiting hours to hopefully snag a spot for your vehicle, passengers can hop on Clipper Vacations’ catamaran from Seattle that will land you directly in Friday Harbor, San Juan Islands major hub and jumping point for endless activities. Additionally, Clipper offers package deals providing accommodations through three partners: Friday Harbor Suites, Earthbox Inn & Spa, and Friday Harbor House. Leave the car at home and enjoy a break from the headache-inducing traffic.