Explore the Outdoors in the San Juan Islands

Explore the Outdoors in the San Juan Islands
Photo credit: Mark B. Gardner Rainshadow Photographics

Summer is almost here, and there’s no better way to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest than an outdoor adventure in the San Juan Islands. From beachcombing to zip lining, you’ll find something for every member of your family to enjoy. Each of the islands offers a variety of activities, but here’s a look at what they’re best known for.
Zip and moped on San Juan Island
Home to some of the best whale and wildlife watching in the world, San Juan Island also offers some high-adrenaline opportunities. Take a zip line tour through the forest. You’ll see protected wetlands and a pristine lake as you soar from platform to platform. Pack a lunch and enjoy the island at your leisure on a moped or scoot-coupe. Take in the scenery of the entire island, or head to Lime Kiln Point State Park, a.k.a. Whale Watch Park, and perhaps catch a glimpse of a pod of orcas swimming by as you relax in the sun. Or get out on the water on a historic schooner or newer sailing yacht.
Camp and paddle on Orcas Island
Load up your backpack and strap on your hiking boots, this island is known for its camping and hiking. Whether you’re looking to get in touch with nature in a more primitive setting or want to connect with the great outdoors from the luxury of your rented Airstream trailer, you’ll find plenty of options when it comes to camping on Orcas Island. Wake up refreshed and ready to tackle dozens of hiking trails, including Mount Constitution in Moran State Park, the highest point in the San Juan Islands. At 2,409 feet, this hike will reward you with breathtaking views of surrounding islands and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. If you’d rather explore the island by water, kayaking opportunities are in abundance around Orcas Island. Paddle your way past starfish and seals, or sign up for a multi-day trip for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Beaches and bikes on Lopez Island
Perhaps the most laid-back of the islands, Lopez offers an abundance of beaches and and biking opportunities. The least hilly of the San Juans, it’s possible to cycle the entire island in a day. Take your time making your way around the island with plenty of stop-offs for picnics, wildlife viewing and short hikes. Fisherman Bay is a great place to begin a kayaking adventure. Known as “The Friendly Isle,” don’t be surprised when a stranger smiles and waves from a car. Sixty-three miles of shoreline means you won’t have to walk the same stretch of beach twice during your stay. Expect to see bald eagles and a variety of sea birds as you meander down the shoreline.
Each of the San Juan Islands offers its own unique outdoor adventures. Start yours by choosing which island to visit, or make your way to all of them this summer!

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