The San Juan Islands located in the Salish Sea between the southern end of Vancouver Island and the northern coast of Washington, are an archipelago that used to be a mountain range. The San Juan Islands have a pastoral and friendly atmosphere and comprise beautiful woodlands and shoreline. San Juan Islands National Monument curiously consists of 75 separate sites which are mostly islets, totalling less than 1,000 acres. Of all the islands, only four are accessible by Washington State Ferries that provide convenient public transportation. Orcas Island is the largest and home to the only peak with significant elevation, San Juan Island is the most populous, Lopez Island is the third largest and is quieter, Shaw Island is the smallest with a population of 240.
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