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Island Hopping on Three of Washington's San Juan Islands

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Program #18520RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
Road Scholar has thousands of educational adventures to choose from. A good way to narrow down our list is to browse our collection of "Most Popular" programs.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Ann from Eugene, OR Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/25/14 - 10/31/14
Very informative on Indian Culture. Wonderful experience with the different culture of all three islands. Very well organized.

Susan from Half Moon Bay, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 10/11/14 - 10/17/14
The Island Hopping Tour introduced me to the beauty and diversity of the San Juan Islands. Each day was filled with new experiences as well as new vistas. It was terrific opportunity to learn about another treasure in our amazing country.

John from Vancouver, WA Number of programs attended: 11
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/12/14
Want to see and explore an area of America that is beautiful, lightly known, and fascinating? Then, San Juan Islands is the experience for you.

Suzanne from Tulsa, OK Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/06/14 - 09/12/14
This is an outstanding adventure in a gorgeous environment. Kevin, Keith, Angie, Robin and Angie(chef) were exceptionally talented and in keeping the experience interesting and exciting. Thanks to them, perfect weather & a marvelous group of travelers we truly enjoyed this program.

Patricia from El Paso, TX Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 07/26/14 - 08/01/14
This program exceeded my expectations. If you love the sea, northern forests, eating healthy, and learning about the ways of life on these islands from several centuries up to the present day, from teachers who can impart their love and unique knowledge of this area, this program is for you.

William from Lexington, MA Number of programs attended: 16
Date attended: 06/21/14 - 06/27/14
Island life is different from mainland life, and this program gives you a good taste of that. Varied speakers and day trips between islands make it an enjoyable experience.

Benita from San Diego, CA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 05/03/14 - 05/09/14
This trip was very scenic and informative. The hotel, the meals, the group leader, all the speakers, and the field trips exceeded my expectations. It was so informative to see how residents were protective of their islands. And hearing from people who started businesses there and the historic sites was very interesting. The only down side was rain on most days.

Jean from Milwaukee, WI Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 05/03/14 - 05/09/14
If you go to the San Juan Islands off season, know that stores and shops close early by 4 or 5pm and some stores and restaurants are closed on some weeknights. Dress in layers and bring a windbreaker or rain jacket/umbrella, be ready for sun or rain.

Karen from Indiana, PA Number of programs attended: 220
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/24/13
My husband, Gerry, and I cannot imagine a better way to see these beautiful islands. We have each been to over 220 Elderhostels, and we rate this one A+. On our own we could never have experienced what we did thanks to this program, which focused a lot on the islanders and how they live in these remote places. We enjoyed meeting writers, artists and an art collector, musicians, people in sustainable agriculture, and residents of a green community. Our accommodations and meals in Friday Harbor were excellent, too, so we had a great week and highly recommend this Road Scholar program.

Bonnie from Laguna Beach, CA Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 09/08/13 - 09/13/13
In planning a visit to the San Juan Islands one first hears about how beautiful they are. Which is true but there is another whole dimension to the Islands which we heard about when we visited the site of the American and British camps dating from the Revolutionary War . Much history here that I did not study in school !!

Harriet from Ventura, CA Number of programs attended: 9
Date attended: 09/15/13 - 09/21/13
This is a wonderful program. And the islands are sensationally beautiful. But is somewhat physically demanding if you have problems breathing or walking.

Polly from Auburn, GA Number of programs attended: 36
Date attended: 06/01/13 - 06/07/13
For anyone who enjoys the outdoors and who likes getting to know the people where they are traveling this would be a great Road Scholar program to enroll in. I gave me a new perspective on another very different part of our United States. It is hard to realize that you are actually in the United States when you are there.

Ginny from Delta, CO Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 06/01/13 - 06/07/13
Island Hopping on three of Washington's San Juan Islands was all we expected and more. We had a wonderful time, and enjoyed our learning experience with a great staff of people.

Ray from Torrance, CA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 05/19/13 - 05/24/13
The San Juan Island trip was just great in every respect. Organization, education, accomodations and FOOD. I would recommend this trip.

Patricia from Harleysville, PA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 04/26/13
I really enjoyed my visit to the San Juan Islands. The leaders were very knowledgeable and personable, the food great and the weather cool but comfortable. We had enough variety of destinations, guest speakers and interaction to please everybody.

Rita from Minnetonka, MN Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 04/26/13
My advice? Take a Road Scholar trip! I'm 77 and this is my first. Although I've traveled a great deal in my life, my San Juan Islands trip was right up there with the best. The people who were drawn together by Road Scholar were delightful. We had the perfect balance of play, education and exercise. The planners and leaders showed us the best the place had to offer. I can't wait for my next trip with Road Scholar.

Teresa from Honolulu, HI Number of programs attended: 27
Date attended: 04/21/13 - 04/26/13
Nary a Starbucks, nor a McDonalds, nor a WalMart, nor a Macy's are to be found in the islands. The pace of life is dictated by the ferry schedule since that is the only way to access any of these islands. Visiting the islands is a like stepping back in time, and like any small community, the best way to know it is to hear from the locals. Road Scholars through program provider Skagit Valley College get just such an introduction. In just five short days, we saw not only the museums and standard tourist venues, but also learned from people who have made a living in the islands for decades, developing a real appreciation for the island's history, culture and arts. And the vistas available, of both the Cascades and the Olympics, were jaw-dropping. Observing the sun rising over the shoulder of Mount Baker from the wharf in Friday Harbor was a true highlight. And visiting in spring before the heavy tourist season gets underway meant that we had the town pretty much to ourselves in all its spring splendor!


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