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San Juan Islands Multisport: Biking, Hiking & Sea Kayaking Washington's Islands of Adventure

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from $2,898* per person 6 Days June-September
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 24 people max
  • Anacortes, washington
  • Active & Adventure trips
I knew I would love it here. Red-orange madrona trees. Sparkling blue mountain lakes. Ripe roadside blackberries and luscious Rainier cherries. Northwest sunlight filtered through pure green fir trees. Pelindaba Lavender farm, awash in purple. The colors of the San Juans jump out in all directions. I can feel life's stresses fading away. My legs feel stronger, my body healthier. My worries are few: Get a massage, or do the long option?  What delectable entrĂ©e should I order for dinner? My face hurts from smiling so much. I don't want to leave. Maybe I won't.

  • Explore San Juan, Orcas and Lopez Islands by foot, bike and kayak
  • Paddle peaceful inlets and vast kelp beds, spotting harbor seals, otters, bald eagles
  • Whale-watch on the Haro Strait, the "Whale Highway"
  • Mount Constitution, with 360-degree mountain and Island views
  • Browse the outdoor showroom of Orcas Island Pottery

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Days 1-2 Savor the relaxed pace of life as you explore San Juan and Lopez Islands  Hike up Young Hill on a trail that reveals breathtaking views of the sound, then pedal San Juan Island's tranquil roads Friday Harbor's quaint streets, lined with shops and galleries, invite a stroll Get to know the "Lopez wave" as you ride through rolling farmland and pastures Got a sweet tooth? Be sure not to miss Holly B's Bakery.

Day 3 Kayak peaceful inlets and vast kelp beds, spotting harbor seals, otters and bald eagles near Roche Harbor Sweeping vistas of Vancouver Island and the Olympic Peninsula greet you as you ride past Lime Kiln Point State Park, the only whale-watching park in the U.S. Check out the Whale Museum's collection of artwork and artifacts.

Day 4 Search for minke whales and majestic orcas during a wildlife cruise with a local naturalist Look for Dall's porpoises swimming with the boat   Circle sparkling Mountain Lake in beautiful Moran State Park, a nature-lover's paradise.

Days 5-6 Summit Mount Constitution for 360-degree views of the islands, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker and the Olympic Range The renowned open-air studios of Orcas Island Pottery make for great shopping  Pedal hemlock- and fir-lined lanes en route to lunch at the landmark Orcas Hotel, overlooking the water.

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