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San Juan Island receives TripAdvisor 2014 top travel award

San Juan Island has been named for the second year in a row as one of the “Top 10 Islands – United States” by TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards, garnering the number four spot for 2014 in front of the Hawaiian Islands!

The Travellers’ Choice awards honour top travel spots worldwide based on millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined based on the popularity of the best islands in the United States, taking into account travellers’ favourite and most highly rated places.

This is another of many awards for the San Juan Islands, also voted number three US Travel Destination in Lonely Planet in 2013.

Situated in the northern reaches of Washington State’s Puget Sound, the main islands are San Juan Island (with the county seat Friday Harbor), Orcas Island, Lopez Island and Shaw Island and the archipelago was declared a National Monument by US President Barrack Obama last year.

Unspoilt places, wide arrays of habitats, an exceptional variety of wildlife and the famous orcas whale watching has drawn thousands of visitors to the islands. Join a tour on one of the small boats run by local captains and naturalists or paddle among orcas in a kayak, for which San Juan County Park and Snug Harbor are the best starting points. For a comprehensive insight, explore The Whale Museum in Friday Harbor which just recently opened a new interactive exhibit on grey whales and their migration to the Pacific Northwest.

Every island offers abundance choices of activities for an unforgettable stay. A hiking or cycling tour through stunning scenery quickens your pulse, get inspired by an artistic diversity, or relax during a fishing excursion or in a Spa surrounded by nature’s beauty.  Many companies offer rental services and guidance to make a visit unforgettable. San Juan Islands provide a unique, preserved and captivating nature offering something for every age and taste.

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