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San Juan Island, WA
Andrea M. Gómez

San Juan Island, WA

San Juan is the most populated island of its eponymous chain—so relatively cosmopolitan that its largest town, Friday Harbor, is dubbed “Sin City” by residents of other islands because of its wider selection of bars. Still, urban misbehaving isn’t what you first notice here: It’s the bucolic photo ops, captured on cliffside drives and yacht-bedecked harbors.

More: 4 perfect days on the San Juan Islands

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