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 salmon hatchery, discover museums and immerse yourself in history and tradition as you explore San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands.
Rating (4.85)
Program No. 18520RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,499

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 explore the island's creative culture, as well a unique Salmon Hatchery.
  • 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 an outdoor sculpture park, 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 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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Russel Barsh
Russel Barsh studied human ecology and law at Harvard before coming to the Northwest in 1974 to teach at the University of Washington, and advising Native peoples in Puget Sound, Alaska, the Arctic, northern prairies and Atlantic Canada on land and environmental issues. Now, as the director of KWIAHT (Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea), a local nonprofit laboratory, he conducts research on salmon ecology, native food plants, water quality, and other targets for conservation in the San Juan Islands.

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

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