Kayaking on Backroads San Juan Islands Family Multisport Tour
Biking, San Juan Islands, Washington
San Juan Islands, Washington
San Juan Islands family bicycle tour
Backroads San Juan Islands Family Multisport Tour
Hiking on Backroads San Juan Islands Family Multisport Tour
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San Juan Islands Multi-Adventure Tour - For Families with Teens & Kids

Washington's Wildlife & Whimsical Isles

Best for ages 9+ (Ages 4+ ok) | Min. age to ride own bike: 9+ | Min. age to ride e-bike: 16+

Family — Teens & Kids

5 days 4 nights

Activity Level: 1-3

Premiere Hotels

From: $3,499 pp dbl occ

($850 for sgl occ)

Welcome to the San Juan Islands, where the sun shines, water glistens and the pace of life slows. Find your rhythm biking along quiet country roads, spend time together with family kayaking in peaceful inlets and make new friends while hiking among old-growth forests. A hidden gem of the Pacific Northwest, this natural playground is perfect for a family adventure.

Wildlife Cruise
Washington San Juan Islands Family Multi-Adventure Tour map
Washington San Juan Islands Family Multi-Adventure Tour map


Start/End Anacortes

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


  • Explore the varied terrains and landscapes of San Juan and Orcas Islands with your family by foot, bike and kayak
  • Kayak serene waters and peaceful inlets above vast kelp beds, spotting harbor seals, otters and bald eagles
  • Wildlife-watch during an exciting cruise with a chance to see magnificent minke whales and orcas
  • Hike up Mount Constitution with panoramic views of surrounding islands and the stunning Cascades


Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Premiere Hotels
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Hike to the top of Young Hill, where clear skies reveal stunning views of Haro Strait, Vancouver Island and the Olympic Mountains | Explore the quaint streets of Friday Harbor, lined with shops and galleries | Sea kayak through peaceful inlets—you might spot harbor seals or otters napping in the kelp canopies | After a beach picnic, bike inland toward the coast; adults break away for a thrilling descent to South Beach | 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.

Exterior view of Roche Harbor Resort.
Roche Harbor Resort
San Juan Island
| Premiere Hotel

Located in the charming waterfront hamlet of Roche Harbor, this popular island destination has hosted guests since 1886, when it was part of a lime works and company town. (pool) 

Days 3-5

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 | Walk with your family along sparkling Mountain Lake, the park's largest, and take a moment to relax at one of the many inlets | Ascend Mount Constitution for 360-degree views of the islands, Mount Baker and the North Cascades | On Orcas Island, hike along the cedar-lined shores of Cascade Lake and stop to take a dip if you like! | Discover the charming town of Eastsound.

Exterior Outlook Inn
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.

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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 biking routes, which include sections of chip-sealed pavement, feel more challenging than the mileage may suggest. Our hiking routes follow well-maintained trails.

Daily Route Options

* Includes shuttle.
Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2.3 miles | 600 ft. gain
Day 2
Level 2 | 21 miles | 1000 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Biking | 5 miles | 400 ft. gain
in Roche Harbor (3 hours) | min. age: 6+
Just For Kids
Tie-Dying & Games (2 hours)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles* | 200 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles* | 300 ft. gain
Wildlife-Watching Cruise (3 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles* | 2100 ft. gain
Level 3 | 8 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | <100 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, this 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+

Child's Bike
Child's Bike
Kids' Bikes

Included in your trip price

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Burley Kazoo Trailer Bike
Trailer Bike

Included in your trip price

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring. 

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners 
  • 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 and shuttles on this trip.  You'll be on board a ferry or in a shuttle 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 activity.

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, however, 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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