48 wonders of the West

These national monuments and other treasures will make you fall in love with the West all over again

14 national treasures in the West

These unique landscapes have been suggested for national monument status. But you don't have to wait for Washington, D.C., to decide. Here's where to go right now.

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West's amazing places: San Juan Islands, Washington

San Juan Islands, Washington

Orcas, Lopez, San Juan are the islands visitors know best. But the San Juans actually consist of 750 islands, many of them uninhabited save by gulls, cormorants, and seals.

Today, 83 of the islands are set aside as San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge; many of them are off-limits to visitors, but you can hike and bird watch on Matia and Turn islands, both of which are Washington State Parks.

This is also a great place for kayaking; numerous outfitters (including Sea Quest Expeditions) lead trips.

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