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.
- 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 harbor-side charm
- Explore the incredible assortment of flowers at Butchart Gardens
- Olympic National Park, where temperate rain forest, alpine lakes and waterfalls meet
Premiere & Casual Inns
Outlook Inn (1 night): Featuring a private beach, this historic country house was built as a cabin in the 1800s and is now one of Orcas Island's most venerated landmarks.
Friday Habour House (1 night): Described by Andrew Harper as an "appealing contemporary island lodge affording exceptional views of the San Juan Channel." (spa)
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.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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* Includes a shuttle
2014 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/22-27 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/13-18 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/24-29 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/7-12 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
- 9/21-26 Price: $2698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $730 for sgl. occ.)
- 10/5-10 Price: $2698 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 any open date in next year's lineup for your group of 8 or more - just book by December 31st of this year. 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.- Regional Manager, Pacific Northwest