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Location: On San Juan Island, a 2-hour drive and ferryboat ride to Seattle, approximately 4 hours total. Population: 2200. Visitor Information: San Juan Island Chamber, 135 Spring Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250; Phone: (360) 378-5240; Website: www.sanjuanisland.org
Friday Harbor was originally settled by British and Americans, an arrangement which was sorely put to the test in the 1860s when war nearly broke out over a killed pig. There are many opportunities for wildlife viewing in this scenic island setting, one of the most diverse marine habitats anywhere, including a large bald eagle population and whale watching. The local museum offers kayak trips guided by museum educators and an Orca Adoption Program.