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Washington’s San Juan Islands at a Slower Pace

Immerse yourself in the heritage and pristine nature of the San Juan Islands as you learn about the region’s ecosystems, visit historic sites and enjoy an expert-led ferry ride.
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Program No. 10013RJ
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5 days
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Washington

Washington’s San Juan Islands at a Slower Pace

Immerse yourself in the heritage and pristine nature of the San Juan Islands as you learn about the region’s ecosystems, visit historic sites and enjoy an expert-led ferry ride.
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Program No. 10013 RJ
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Enjoy a truly unique Northwest experience. Savor the ocean breezes on an expert-led adventure aboard a Washington State Ferry, chugging through deep-green waters as you glide from Friday Harbor past Orcas, Shaw and Lopez Islands in the Salish Sea. Search for orcas from coastal vantages and learn more about their sophisticated social structure at the unique Whale Museum. Uncover the Island’s rich history; from the indigenous coastal Salish people to the eclectic culture of today’s islanders.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Voyage through the San Juan archipelago aboard the inter-island ferry as it chugs through the islands. A naturalist lectures while you enjoy the views!
  • Uncover the fascinating story of maritime exploration in the islands and the important role it has played in the settlement of this scenic area.
  • Visit Limekiln Lighthouse, a whale research and observation outpost and one of the best land-based sites to spot Orca whales in their native habitat.

General Notes

You might be interested in a more active, six-night version of this program, "Island Hopping on Three of Washington's San Juan Islands" (#18520).
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
San Juan Islands, Afoot and Afloat
by Marge & Ted Mueller
Thousands of visitors are drawn annually to the San Juan Islands, which are famed for their safe, scenic boating, lush meadows and dense forests, abundant bird life, and fascinating bits of history. Most of those visitors (and residents alike) have relied on this best-selling guide to outdoor recreation in the Islands. Now in a fully revised third edition, the book covers everything you want to know about park and marina facilities, beaches, shorelines, historic sites, natural science, and marine life. Whether you arrive by land, sea, or air, this fact-filled guide is a must for enjoying the best of the San Juans.
Living High: An Unconventional Autobiography
by June Burn
This autobiography chronicles Farrar and June Burns travels around the United States and their experience homesteading in the San Juan Islands, teaching Eskimos and traveling across the United States in a covered wagon. She wrote extensively for various periodicals and wrote several books. Burn's autobiography Living High: An Unconventional Autobiography (1941) documents much of her early life story, particularly her time on Sentinel and Waldron Islands in Washington’s San Juan Islands. The book has been republished several times.
Friday Harbor
by Mike Vouri, San Juan Historical Society, Julia Vouri
A book that reviews the rich history and residents of Friday Harbor throughout the past 100 years.





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