If you are like most Americans, you are looking for a cool key tree in July to hide from the swirling heat and wait patiently until the nice weather in the fall comes. The July 4th picnics are a great place to gather, hang out with friends and eat a lot of barbecue, but how many people really like the ninety-eight degree days in the sun in mid July. A great way to avoid heat and misery in July is to plan a Midsummer trip to the Pacific Northwest, especially Seattle and San Juan Islands. Even in mid-July, on a certain night on the San Juan Islands, it is wise to go out to town with a light jacket or a heavy sweater on the shoulder.
As you fly over Mount Rainier on your way to Seattle, looking out from the airplane, you can almost touch the snow-covered Mount Rainier when the plane goes down to Seattle. And you say to yourself, the view itself is almost worth the trip. Yes, Seattle has a lot to offer to any traveler for more than a week and offers the world famous Pike Street Market, Oceanside Docks and restaurants along Puget Sound Shores, and of course home to Starbucks coffee and more.
But in mid-July, why not consider the San Juan Islands. The San Juan Islands consist of over 150 islands located in Puget Sound, just northwest of Seattle, embedded between Seattle and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The discussed islands are actually in the state of Washington, as you go further north they become part of British Columbia, Canada. The four major islands are San Juan Island, Orcas Island (named after Orcas Whale), Lopez Island and Shaw Island. San Juan Island and Orcas Island are the most developed and actually have the most to offer any travel adventurer.
All the four major islands mentioned above can be reached by traveling on the Washington State Ferries. To board a ferry to the San Juan Islands, most only rent a car at the Seattle airport and travel about an hours drive to the northwest of Seattle to Anacortes, Washington, a city worth spending time in itself, and there Do you board a ferry to the San Juan Islands. The ferry will transport you and your rental car to each of the four major San Juan Islands, and the ferry will take you all the way to Sidney, Vancouver Island, Canada, if you want. The cost of a couple with their car is only about $ 50 to go all the way to Sidney. If you travel without a car, it is much cheaper.
The ferry is actually like a mini cruise. You drive your car rental on the ferry, park your car and go to the upper deck. Once in the upper deck seating area you will find comfortable bumped seats and picture windows to enjoy the attractions while traveling to the northwest and to the islands. The ferries also provide a nice cafeteria cafe and you can have a nice meal and drink. Just set your feet and enjoy the view as the ferry makes landing on each of the big four islands. The trip all the way to Sidney, Canada takes a couple of hours, but the view is magnificent and the water is calm. Its a good time to just read, relax and enjoy the tranquility of the moment.
As you approach the islands, you will be amazed at the views and marvel at the picturesque seaside towns and the beautiful mountain cliffs that end up in the ocean. Most people who travel there live in one of the picturesque bed and breakfast facilities. There are many beds, a breakfast cottage, and all offer spacious, well-appointed accommodation and a huge breakfast to start the day. There are a few established hotels / resorts, such as The Orcas Hotel, Orcas Island, or The Rosario Resort and Spa, also on Orcas Island, for more privacy.
Your journey just does what you like to do every day and just enjoy these beautiful islands and explore the coastal towns and all they have to offer. You will discover uncrowded units along the ocean, and you will find whale watching spots, scenic lighthouses and historical sights. In the small villages you will find picturesque gift shops, which offer local crafts and art. You will find small restaurants overlooking Puget Sound, which serves fresh steamed mussels cooked in white wine from Washington vineyards. And everywhere you travel you will find friendly people, welcome you to their community.
If you are planning a summer vacation, consider a vacation to the Pacific, and especially to the San Juan Islands. Its a choice you will not regret. Just unpack these fall sweaters and your fall light jackets, aboard a plane in July and dare towards the Pacific Ocean in the northwest. And enjoy the weather, sights and people of the San Juan Islands, and the beautiful state of Washington.