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San Juan Islands, Victoria & Olympic National Park Walking: A Classic Taste of the Pacific Northwest

San Juan Islands
,  Victoria & Olympic National Park:  Islands
,  Gardens and Vistas in Washington and British Columbia North America United States Washington  San Juan Islands
,  Victoria & Olympic National Park, Washington, United States

from $2,498* per person 6 Days June-September
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 26 people max
  • Anacortes, washington
  • Active & Adventure trips

Each moment seems better than the last. Seeing an orca breach just past the bow of your ferry. Soaking up the montage of cultures - from First Nations to British - in vibrant Victoria. Following Canyon Creek through an Eden of sword ferns, mosses and old-growth Douglas fir. Then arriving at magnificent Sol Duc Falls. Hiking mile-high Hurricane Ridge and seeing Mount Olympus in one direction. Mount Rainier and Seattle in another. Most vacations have that one defining moment you remember forever. This trip has those incredible moments daily.

  • Spectacular views from the summit of Mount Constitution, with 360-degree views of the San Juans, Mount Baker and Canada
  • Ferrying between countries in the idyllic archipelago of the San Juans
  • Exploring Butchart Gardens' incredible assortment of colorful flowers, and Victoria's colonial harborside charm
  • Mountain splendor in Olympic National Park, where temperate rainforests, alpine lakes and gushing waterfalls meet
  • Hurricane Ridge vistas, providing panoramic views of the entire trip: Olympic Mountains to the south, and Victoria and the San Juans to the north

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San Juan Islands , Victoria & Olympic National Park: Islands , Gardens and Vistas in Washington and British Columbia North America United States Washington San Juan Islands , Victoria & Olympic National Park, Washington, United States

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 The spectacular panorama from the summit of Mount Constitution, Orcas Island’s apex - shimmering water, evergreen-clad isles and snowcapped Mount Baker on the horizon Explore Moran State Park, a nature-lover’s paradise Partial to pottery? You won’t want to miss the locally made, one-of-a-kind pieces at Orcas Island Pottery.

Day 3 Ferry between islands - and countries - in the idyllic San Juan archipelago  On San Juan Island, discover pedestrian-friendly Friday Harbor before a beach hike at Cattle Point The enchanting Canadian city of Victoria on Vancouver Island is our setting for afternoon tea and dinner.

Day 4 World-renowned Butchart Gardens, a Canadian National Historic site with 55 acres of exquisite flowers and plants Savor striking views of the Olympic Mountains en route across the swift-moving Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Day 5 Olympic National Park, where temperate rain forest, alpine lakes and waterfalls meet Meander along Canyon Creek through an old-growth forest of Sitka spruce, hemlock and Douglas fir to awe-inspiring Sol Duc Falls.

Day 6 Hike stunning Hurricane Ridge, winding through flower-filled meadows that look onto Mount Olympus, the Bailey Range and the San Juan Islands Views of the Seattle skyline and Mount Rainier cap off the trip.

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