The ocean permeates every scene. Harbors dappled with sunlight, sailboats flitting across the deep blue water of the Salish Sea. Off the ferry and onto a new island. Biking the country roads, each day is an adventure. But you're never far from the water. What's around the next corner? Time to find out.
1 Kick off your journey in La Conner, a charming little town with beautiful boutiques and a relaxed country feel on the Swinomish Channel | Bike through the fertile Skagit Valley, noted for its tulip and daffodil cultivation, with Mount Baker crowning the route.
2 Island-hop by ferry, and pedal through stunningly diverse scenery, from conifer forests to farmlands to seaports | After biking to Anacortes, 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.
3 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.
4-5 Join a wildlife cruise with a naturalist—you may spot an orca! | Spin 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.
6 Pedal along quiet roads on Lopez Island—a bicyclist’s paradise | An easygoing route leads past farms and pastures, along the waterfront and through a forest—a great finale to the week.