We've found our rhythm. As we bike, our pedal strokes are in sync (well, mostly). So are our faces, full of big smiles. And our state of total contentment. The sun is shining. The water sparkling. All around is the invigorating sense of adventure. Ahh. It's good to be here. Together as a family. In a perfect natural playground called the San Juans.
1-2 Kids search for creatures in the tide pools of False Bay on San Juan Island | Explore the quaint streets of Friday Harbor, lined with shops and galleries | Walk to the summit of Young Hill for a sweeping view of the San Juan Islands | Bike along the isle's stunning west side to a bluff with vistas of Haro Strait and enjoy a thrilling descent to South Beach.
3 Sea kayak through peaceful inlets—you might spot harbor seals or otters napping in the kelp canopies | Adults pedal rolling hills through bucolic farmland to Friday Harbor while kids enjoy an afternoon of tie-dyeing and games | In town, visit the Whale Museum and learn about marine mammals, with a special focus on the orcas that frequent the local waters.
4 Look for minke whales and majestic orcas during our wildlife-watching cruise with a local naturalist | Explore Moran State Park, a paradise of 5,000 wooded acres, 30 miles of trails, five freshwater lakes and four waterfalls | Youngsters get a night at the Funhouse, an interactive center designed especially for kids and teens.
5-6 Ferry to Lopez Island and enjoy its gentler terrain, beautiful rural scenery and fresh Northwest cuisine | Junior biologists are sure to get a kick out of exploring the nooks and crannies of the intertidal zone at Shark Reef | On Orcas Island, hike along the cedar-lined shores of Cascade Lake | Ascend Mount Constitution for 360-degree views of the islands, Mount Baker and the Olympic Range.