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

Pacific Northwest, Washington, United States

from $2,898* per person 6 Days June-August
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 24 people max
  • Anacortes, washington
  • Active & Adventure trips

We’ve found our rhythm. Our paddle strokes are in sync (well, mostly). So are our faces, full of big smiles.  And our state of being, totally relaxed and content. The sun is shining. The water sparkling. And a seal just popped his whiskered nose up next to our kayak. Below us are thriving kelp beds. Beside us are pine-laden isles inhabited by bald eagles. And all around is the invigorating smell of adventure. Ahh. It’s good to be here. Together. In sync. In the San Juans.

  • Explore San Juan, Orcas and Lopez Islands by foot, bike and kayak
  • Paddle peaceful inlets above vast kelp beds, spotting harbor seals, otters and bald eagles
  • Look for tiny sea creatures in the tide pools at False Bay
  • A wildlife-watching cruise and the chance to see orcas
  • Mount Constitution, with 360-degree mountain and island views

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Pacific Northwest, Washington, United States

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  • Family oriented trip.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Explore San Juan, Orcas and Lopez Islands by foot, bike and kayak Catch the ferry bound for San Juan Island and Friday Harbor, whose quaint streets, lined with shops and galleries, invite a stroll Savor a bountiful picnic at historic British Camp, then walk to the summit of Young Hill for a sweeping view of the San Juan Islands Bike along the stunning west side of the island to a bluff with vistas of Haro Strait and enjoy a thrilling descent to Cattle Point Lighthouse  Kids have fun searching for creatures in the tide pools at False Bay.

Day 3 A sea-kayaking excursion through peaceful inlets and vast kelp beds Bike to Friday Harbor, pedaling along rolling hills through bucolic farmland In town, visit the Whale Museum and learn about marine mammals, with a special focus on the orcas that frequent the waters off the San Juan Islands.

Day 4 Search for minke whales and majestic orcas during a wildlife cruise with a local naturalist Hike along the cedar-lined shores of Cascade Lake Kids whoop it up during a night out at the Fun House, an interactive center designed especially for children.

Days 5-6 Waterfront lodging and fresh Northwest cuisine Ferry to Lopez Island to take advantage of its gentler terrain and beautiful rural scenery Back on Orcas, ascend Mount Constitution for 360-degree views of the islands, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker and the Olympic Range.

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