(Photo: San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau)
Lopez Village, Lopez Island, Washington
Many people visit the San Juan Islands, about 90 miles north of Seattle, for quiet beaches and wildlife viewing. But don't overlook Lopez Village, a lively commercial and cultural center on Lopez Island. In the summer, travelers can buy fresh food and locally made crafts at the popular Lopez Farmers' Market. Many of the town's restaurants offer waterfront views or fresh seafood—or both. And a handful of downtown art galleries and boutiques hawk everything from jewelry crafted by resident artisans to fudge made in town.
What to Do: Grab a couple of kayaks at Cascadia Kayaks and head offshore to explore coastal caves and watch for whale fins.