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The San Juan Islands, Victoria & Olympic National Park Walking & Hiking Tour
The San Juan Islands, Victoria & Olympic National Park Walking & Hiking Tour

Each moment seems better than the last. Seeing a nesting bald eagle from the deck 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.

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  On San Juan Island, discover pedestrian-friendly Friday Harbor.

Day 3 Ferry between islands - and countries - in the idyllic San Juan archipelago  A hike on Mount Work offers striking 360-degree views of Vancouver Island, the Olympic Mountains and the surrounding Gulf Islands  Settle into the luxury of the Brentwood Bay Resort with a full-service spa, waterfront suites and an elegant dining room.

Day 4 World-renowned Butchart Gardens, a Canadian National Historic site with 55 acres of exquisite flowers and plants  The enchanting city of Victoria on Vancouver Island is our setting for a historical walk before our ferry ride across the Straight of Juan de Fuca and hike to Marymere Falls.

Day 5 Olympic National Park, where temperate rain forest, alpine lakes and waterfalls meet  Meander 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.


Trip Highlights
  • Ferry between the United States and Canada in the idyllic San Juan archipelago
  • Mount Constitution, with 360-degree mountain and island views
  • Discover Victoria's colonial harborside charm
  • Explore the incredible assortment of flowers at Butchart Gardens
  • Olympic National Park, where temperate rain forest, alpine lakes and waterfalls meet
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Premiere & Casual Inns

Outlook Inn (1 night): It's a short walk to the private beach and the shops and galleries of downtown from this retreat at the water's edge. 

Friday Harbor House (1 night): Described by Andrew Harper as an "appealing contemporary island lodge affording exceptional views of the San Juan Channel."

Brentwood Bay Resort (1 night): Perched on a forested hillside with spectacular bay vistas, this chic resort hotel features a blend of West Coast and Asian styles. (pool, spa)

Lake Crescent Lodge (2 nights): Set on the shore of deep-blue Lake Crescent, this lodge treats us to an enormous stone fireplace and a front porch ideal for watching sunsets.


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
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4.0 100 6.5 200
2 4.5* 2100 8.2 2100
3 5.0* 1100
4 1.5 100
Buchart Gardens Walk (2 hours)
5 3.8 100 7.4* 1700 9.6 1800
6 3.2 800
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 6/22-27 Price: $2998 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/13-18 Price: $3098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/24-29 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/7-12 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/21-26 Price: $2898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips

  • 2 - 3 guests $5,898 pp dbl. occ.
  • 4 - 5 guests $4,898 pp dbl. occ.
  • 6 - 7 guests $4,498 pp dbl. occ.
  • 8 - 9 guests $3,798 pp dbl. occ.
  • 10 - 11 guests $2,998 pp dbl. occ.
  • 12 or more guests $2,698 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

Explore some of the best of the Northwest. From the island beauty of the San Juans to the cultural and historic significance of Victoria, finishing with the lush temperate rain forests of Olympic National Park. An exploration in its finest sense.
Alison Iles - Regional Manager, Pacific Northwest