18520
Washington

Best of the Pacific N.W.: Exploring Three of Washington’s San Juan Islands

Enjoy art and nature, learn about orca whales, visit a local winery, discover museums and immerse yourself in history and tradition as you explore San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands.
Rating (4.84)
Program No. 18520RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,599

At a Glance

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the San Juan Archipelago while you uncover the cultures and landscapes unique to San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands. Meet historians, artists, farmers, preservationists and other islanders who make up the fabric of these communities, and explore scenic shorelines, mountain vistas, rare coastal prairie and the region's iconic evergreen forests.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 5-10 blocks and on uneven paths. Standing up to one hour. Elevators unavailable at some locations. Buses do not have lifts.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Spend a day on Orcas Island to enjoy the panoramic marine vista from Mt. Constitution, a local winery, and a unique schoolhouse from the 1800’s.
  • A ride aboard the Washington State Ferry takes you to Lopez Island to discuss and view sustainable farming and housing on the islands.
  • On San Juan Island, take field trips to National Historic Parks, a picturesque lighthouse and more.

General Notes

You might be interested in a four-night, more leisurely version of this program, "Washington’s San Juan Islands at a Slower Pace" (#10013). Or, for a similar Women's Only program, please see, "Women-Only: Exploring Three of Washington's San Juan Islands” (#24070). For a similar program with an environmental focus, please see, "Our Changing Planet: Orcas & Ecosystems of the San Juan Islands” (#23860), part of the Our Changing Planet series.
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Michael Vouri
Michael retired as the chief of interpretation and historian for San Juan Island National Park after more than 21 years. He has written books about the Pig War, the Royal Marines and San Juan Island. He has worked as a reporter and editor for newspapers, a public affairs officer for the U.S. Air Force and as assistant director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. Michael has been a Road Scholar instructor on San Juan Island since 1997 and a Group Leader since 2016.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Bill Engle
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Michael Vouri
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