San Juan Islands Family Multisport
- Explore San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands by foot, bike and kayak
- Paddle through peaceful inlets and vast kelp beds, spotting harbor seals, otters and bald eagles
- Look for tiny sea creatures among the tide pools at Shark Reef
- Whale-watch on Haro Strait, the "Whale Highway"
- Mount Constitution, with 360-degree mountain and island views
Biking, Hiking & Sea Kayaking Washington's Islands of Adventure
What's black and white and wet all over? You guessed it: an orca! And just like these cool sea creatures, you can hang out with your family while having a whale of a time in the San Juan Islands. It's a perfect natural playground. With mountains to climb. Waterways to paddle. Tidal pools to explore. And plenty of games for the whole gang. Like stone skipping. Berry picking. Starfish spotting. Ice cream eating. Shorebird skirting. Constellation naming. Lopez Island waving. It's all waiting for you. You and your pod.
Day 1 Mount Constitution, with 360-degree views of the San Juan archipelago, Mount Rainier, Mount Baker and the Olympic Range After taking the ferry to Orcas Island, delight in an awe-inspiring day of hiking around Moran State Park, a nature-lover's paradise of 5,000 wooded acres Kids (and kids at heart!) can cool off with a swim in Cascade Lake.
Days 2-3 Whale-watch on Haro Strait, the "Whale Highway" After a morning hike to the sound, board a chartered vessel for a wildlife-watching cruise to Lopez Island Picturesque rural terrain lines the bike route to our scenic campground Pedal to Agate Beach and Shark Reef Sanctuary, where the younger crowd will have fun exploring tide pools Lopez Village's cafés and galleries invite a visit.
Day 4 An array of activities showcasing the best of the islands - San Juan Island is next on our list After landing at Friday Harbor, hike to Young Hill and relish breathtaking views of the sound The younger set is treated to a pizza party and private tour of the Whale Museum.
Days 5-6 Paddle through peaceful inlets and vast kelp beds, spotting harbor seals, otters and bald eagles Bike along rolling terrain to Friday Harbor, where you may want to stop in at the Whale Museum yourself before our final ferry ride.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
My children and I had a remarkable time on this trip. I know it had to be an enormous amount of work for the team but they made everything look so easy and every event transitioned so seamlessly. When I asked my 8-year-old daughter to rate Backroads on a scale of 1-10, she gave the trip a score of 9,000,003.- O'Fallon, MO
This was the best family trip we have taken! We all thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and were sad for it to end. We are afraid that if we go on another Backroads trip it couldn't possibly be this good! The families were a good mix and the leaders were so amazing and cohesive. The San Juan Islands are so beautiful and we were lucky to have perfect weather.- Delray Beach, FL
This was one of my all-time favorite family trips. Everyone in our family had an awesome time and I can't remember one spat between any of our three children during the whole week, which is a rarity with siblings. Each of our children gained self esteem with each hill they biked and with the praise and guidance of our great leaders! The children (aged 8,11,14) were given enough independence to feel really cool, while actually being well mentored and well cared for! It is the first time that neither my husband (an attorney in a high-pressured law firm) nor I (a physician) went a week without calling, or even thinking about "the office" or my patients. We have never been both so active and so relaxed, so in the wilderness (well, not really) and so pampered. Thank you!- Atlanta, GA
Moran State Park Campground
Orcas Island (1 night) Our campsite is near the shore of tranquil Cascade Lake, a great spot for a refreshing dip.
Spencer Spit Campground
Lopez Island (2 nights) Set out in the sound on a slender spit, this campground offers stunning vistas over the water.
San Juan Island (2 nights) Surrounded by 50 acres of lakes, this site offers a private beach for swimming and a large grassy area for games of all kinds.
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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-3
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
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|Other||Lopez Island wildlife-watching cruise (3 hours)|
|Kids||Games on the beach (1 hour)|
|Kayaking||In Roche Harbor (3 hours)|
There is less than 5% of riding on hard-packed dirt on this trip. Since the overwhelming majority of the trip is paved, we've elected to use standard road bike tires on our titanium road bikes. Most guests find this to be the right answer. If you prefer to skip the dirt, a shuttle is always a possibility.
On this Family Trip, our routes follow rolling terrain. Liberal van shuttling is incorporated into the itinerary to facilitate our activities and mileage is kept moderate to enable you to spend more time exploring on your own. The level of difficulty assigned to each day's routes takes into account the elevation gain and road surface. (Roads in the San Juans tend to be gravel-sealed, creating more rolling resistance.)
* Includes a shuttle