After a stop in Friday Harbor to buy groceries, we took the perimeter road south to the American Camp where we hiked and had lunch at the beach and detoured to the Pelindaba Lavender Farm and the Westcott Bay Sculpture Park. Then, we went to the winery and doubled back to Lime Kiln, a scenic shoreline for whale watching. My advice would be to go to the Lime Kiln state park prior to heading north so you won't have to double back as we did. English Camp was more interesting than American Camp, but they both have distinct histories. It is located about 10 miles north of Friday Harbor and the site included a hospital, barracks, commissary and beautiful gardens. We saw the short film there, about 10 minutes long, that you could also watch at American Camp but this location was better as it was not a corner of the museum but it's own designated room to watch the movie. See the free film to understand the history of the island. There were displays around the camp also indicating what happened there. The visitor's center is open and staffed by rangers from 8:30-4:30, housed in the officer's mess hall. It was a short hike down and back up from the parking lot so it may be difficult to access for those who can't make it on foot. Admission is free!
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