San Juan Islands Bike Tours
San Juan Islands Bike Tours
San Juan Islands Bike Tours
San Juan Islands Bike Tours
Backroads San Juan Islands Bike Tours
San Juan Islands Bike Tours
San Juan Islands Bike Tour
San Juan Islands Bike Tours
San Juan Islands Bike Tours
San Juan Islands Bike Tours
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San Juan Islands Bike Tour

Island to Island in the Pacific Northwest

Couples, Friends & Solos

6 days 5 nights

Activity Level: 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $4,199 - $4,549 pp dbl occ

($950 for sgl occ)

The Pacific graces every scene. Enchanting harbors dappled with sunlight. Sailboats flitting across the deep blues of the Salish Sea. Each ferry ride across the sound brings the promise of adventure. Quiet country roads and fragrant coastal forests make you wish the ride would never end. Lose yourself in the wonder of it. Join the San Juan Islands Bike Tour.

Washington San Juan Islands Biking Tour
Washington San Juan Islands Biking Tour

Washington

Start La Conner / End Anacortes or La Conner

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Soak up postcard-perfect Northwest scenery as you ferry from island to island with the locals 
  • Bike through majestic fir and cedar forests, explore driftwood beaches and savor the day's fresh catch 
  • Keep your eyes peeled on our wildlife cruise—the chance to spot whales from the open water is a thrill! 
  • Admire views of emerald islands, Mount Baker and Canada's coastal peaks from atop Mount Constitution  
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1
Description

Kick off your journey in La Conner, a charming little town on the Swinomish Channel with beautiful boutiques and a relaxed country feel | Bike tour through the fertile Skagit Valley, noted for its tulip and daffodil cultivation, with Mount Baker crowning the route. 

Accommodations
Channel Lodge
Channel Lodge
​La Conner
| *Casual Hotel

A comfortable hotel with private balconies and beautiful vistas of the boats and birdlife residing in Swinomish Channel. 

Days 2-3
Description

Island-hop by ferry and bike tour through stunningly diverse scenery, from conifer forests to farmland to seaports | Set sail for hilly Orcas Island, a tapestry of rural landscapes | Stop by artisan shops, where one-of-a-kind pieces are displayed among Douglas fir and western red cedar | On foot or two wheels in Moran State Park, make your way up Mount Constitution, the highest point in the San Juans—it's worth the climb! | Once at the top, enjoy the breathtaking panorama of islands, snow-covered Mount Baker, the Cascades and the Olympic Peninsula. 

Accommodations
Outlook Inn, Orcas Island, Washington
Outlook Inn
Orcas Island
| Premiere Hotel

It's a short walk to the private beach and the shops and galleries of downtown from this retreat at the water's edge.

Days 4-6
Description

Join a wildlife cruise with a naturalist—you may spot an orca! | Bike past secluded bays and driftwood beaches | Swap pedals for paddles on an optional sea-kayaking excursion near Roche Harbor and watch for otters and soaring eagles | Bicycle along the quiet roads on San Juan Island, the largest island in the archipelago | An easygoing route leads along the waterfront and through a forest—a great finale to the week. 

Accommodations
Friday Harbor House
Friday Harbor House
San Juan Island
| Premiere Hotel

Described by Andrew Harper as an "appealing contemporary island lodge affording exceptional views of the San Juan Channel."  

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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The San Juan Islands' landscape is characterized by constant rises and valleys. The continuously rolling terrain can make the routes, which include sections of chip-sealed pavement, feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Biking
Level 1 | 14 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 22 miles | 200 ft. gain
Day 2
Biking
Level 2 | 16 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 21 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 10 miles | 600 ft. gain
Biking
Level 3 | 11 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 4 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Day 4
Biking
Level 2 | 12 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Level 3 | 20 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Other
Wildlife-Watching Cruise (3 hours)
Day 5
Biking
Level 2 | 20 miles* | 1100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 30 miles | 1900 ft. gain
Biking
Level 1 | 10 miles* | 700 ft. gain
Kayaking
in Roche Harbor (2 hours)
Day 6
Biking
Level 1 | 6 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 11 miles | 600 ft. gain

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Please note that bike requests are subject to availability and prioritized based on the date they're submitted.

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Backroads Performance Road Bike
Backroads Performance Road Bike
Performance Road Bike

Included in your trip price

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Backroads Touring Bike
Backroads Touring Bike
Touring Bike

Included in your trip price

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Backroads Electric-Assist Bike
Electric-Assist Bike

Included in your trip price

Keep pace or zip ahead, pedaling with an electric boost. This bike provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.
Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Canyon Endurace SLX 9 Di2
Canyon Endurace SLX 9 Di2
Canyon Endurace SLX 9 Di2

Ride like a pro with the top-of-the-line carbon Canyon Endurace CF SLX 9 Di2. A performance-first flagship endurance bike engineered for comfort and race-level riding.

$650 rental fee; subject to availability

Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Co-Motion Torpedo Tandem Bike
Tandem Bike

This hand-built frame features Co-Motion's custom-designed cro-moly steel tubeset, powerful Avid disc brakes, Shimano Ultegra drive train, and a custom, upgraded wheelset. For experienced tandem riders.
$400 rental fee

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 4 dinners, 6 lunches
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Ferry Transfers & Shuttles

To bring you to our favorite parts of this region, we make liberal use of ferry transfers, private boats and shuttles on this trip. You'll be on board a boat for many of the days on this trip as we island-hop like the locals do. Consider this an opportunity to view some spectacular marine scenery (and occasional wildlife!) while resting your legs in preparation for your next ride.

Please note that because our daily itineraries and activities are based on ferry departures that were accurate at the time of this printing, unexpected changes to the ferry schedules can result in alterations to the activities as described. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility if we must adjust our activities according to ferry departures, and assure you that any such changes will not affect the quality of your experience.

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