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Orcas Island

San Juan Islands , WA , United States http://orcasislandchamber.com/

In high season, visitors to the islands stand elbow-to-elbow at ferry railings to view the rugged landscape—Douglas firs teetering on rocky bluffs, bald eagles tracing circles overhead—but take the foggy half-hour ride from Friday Harbor to Orcas Island in winter, and you'll be able to hear the otters slip into the water along the shore in the stillness.

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