Trip Advisor is getting 2023 started with its Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best for the new year. In anticipation of a year of travel and new adventures, the website has released a list of the top trending travel destinations across the US. Washington’s very own San Juan Island made the cut and here’s why.

For locals, it’s easy to see why people would travel from far and wide to see one of our state’s most beautiful islands. It may not be a tropical destination but it sure is scenic. Visitors can explore beaches, watch orca pods, and even visit one of the country’s largest lavender farms.

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Here are the top 10 trending travel destinations across the US, according to Trip Advisor.

1. Juneau, Alaska
2. Page, Arizona
3. Salem, Massachusetts
4. Sonoma, California
5. Tierra Verde, Florida
6. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7. San Juan Island, Washington
8. Camden, Maine
9. Galena, Illinois
10. Whitefish, Montana

“An island vacation on San Juan Island in…Washington? San Juan might not be a tropical retreat, but this scenic scape proudly features beaches, orca pods and one of the country’s largest lavender farms,” states Trip Advisor. “Lime Kiln Point State Park is the perfect place for whale watching, while Pelindaba Lavender Farm will set you up with a lifetime supply of the fragrant purple plant. The bustling Friday Harbor is a jackpot of restaurants and shops, plus unique attractions like the 19-acre sculpture garden at Westcott Bay Reserve.”

A trip to San Juan Island is a perfect way to spend a weekend or a long weekend. The island is beautiful year-round but if you like to plan ahead, we recommend booking some late spring and early summer getaways to the area while you still can. Enjoy!