Cycling the San Juan Islands

Cycling the San Juan Islands

Visit Washington State's San Juan Islands, riding some of the quietest and scenic terrain available in this spectacular state. Slow down and take it all in - a temperate climate, tranquil waters, mountain vistas, and the chance to get glimpses of whales – elements that are sure to make your island-hopping-by-bike experience truly unique. Our San Juan Islands Bike Tour is one of a kind.

This trip is designed as a loop so you can drive to and from the tour in case you prefer not to fly. Save $200 if you decide to bring your own bike.

Dates: Pick a date below or select your own date, starting on a Sunday. We are able to operate this tour with 4 or more people. Price changes may apply for 4 people. Given the unique circumstances surrounding travel we understand if you are more comfortable traveling in a private group.

Tour Dates & Prices

Date
Price
Private Room Fee
Note
Jul 11-16, 2021
USD$3575
USD$700
Minimum to run a trip is 6. We will guarantee a trip with as few as 4 for $200pp more. Save $200 if you bring your own bike. Custom dates available.
Sep 12-17, 2021
USD$3575
USD$700
Contact Us for Availability. Custom dates are available with as few as 4 people.

* We are happy to match solo travelers who would like to share a room with someone of the same gender. If no match exists, due to hotel pricing, we will charge 50% of the private room charge. This charge will be collected at the time of the final payment. If a roommate assignment is available it will be refunded at the conclusion of the tour.

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Trip At-A-Glance

Trip At-A-Glance

  • Length / 6 Days
  • Total Distance / 153 miles (248 km)
  • Avg. Distance / 26 miles (41 km) per riding day
  • Tour Level & Tour Style / 2.5 TourzPlus
  • Countries / USA
  • Begin/End / Anacortes, WA
  • Price / From USD$3575
Tour Summary

Tour Summary

  • Highlights
    Anacortes; Friday Harbor; Whale Watching Cruise; Lavender Fields; Orcas Island; Cycling Mount Constitution; Doe Bay
  • Includes
    6 days, 5 nights lodging, double occupancy; meals as noted in itinerary; non-optional activities as outlined in itinerary; ride-friendly snacks and beverages throughout each day; hybrid or alloy road bike rental – carbon road bike or E-bike available for an upgrade fee ($100 for carbon; $200-300 for e-bike); professional trip leader(s); van support & porterage service; reusable water bottle & luggage tags.

    Learn more about what is included and what to expect on your TourzPlus tour at the TourzPlus Tour Style page.
  • Arrive / Depart
    Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport (SEA)
  • Overall Tour Level
    2.5 difficulty level 2.5

    Level to Hilly, options for longer or shorter rides

  • Daily Ride Summary

    Day

    Distance
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    Notes

    1
    34km
    2
    66km
    3
    29km
    4
    48km
    5
    34km
    6
    35km
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DAY 1: Meet in Anacortes, Bike Fidalgo Island Loop

Highlights: Anacortes, Fidalgo Island

After meeting in Anacortes, WA (~1 pm, about 90-min drive north from Seattle) for a brief orientation we’ll pedal around Fidalgo Island taking in stunning water views of the surrounding Puget Sound. After getting settled in for our lodging for the evening we’ll enjoy the first of our meals together.

DAY 2: Anacortes to Friday Harbor

Highlights: Bike San Juan Island Loop

After breakfast we’ll board the first of the ferries we’ll take this week traveling among the San Juan Islands to the town of Friday Harbor. Upon arrival we’ll loop around the entire island – which in the middle of the 19th century was subject to a border dispute and was once divided between the UK and the USA, as both claimed it as their territory. Fortunately, despite the presence of troops from each country, the only fatality was a pig, hence the incident was dubbed the “Pig War”. You’ll have options to stop along the way to learn more about this quirky chapter in American history as we pass by the American and English camps that comprise San Juan Island National Historical Park

DAY 3: Friday Harbor - Whale Watch

Highlights: Whale watching cruise, Lavender Farm Loop

Today we’ll return to our bikes for a morning ride looping inland on the island past a lavender farm before returning to Friday Harbor. After lunch on your own in Friday Harbor, we’ll board a whale watching boat and, with luck, have the opportunity to see Orca whales in the wild. Our boat ride is 3-4 hours and if whales aren’t featured we may see other wildlife including bald eagles. Tonight we enjoy another great dinner in Friday Harbor with ample fresh, local seafood options if you are so inclined.

DAY 4: Friday Harbor to Orcas Island

Highlights: Orcas Island, pottery studio

This morning we take another ferry to Orcas Island. You’ll pedal off the boat from there stopping at Deer Harbor then a pottery studio featuring the work of several local artists and a stunning natural setting overlooking the Canadian Gulf Islands just across the border a few miles away. After a guide-prepared picnic lunch you’ll pedal onward to our home for the next two nights in Eastsound. You are free to explore and choose your own dinner restaurant tonight.

  • Distance: 48km (30mi)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Lodging:

DAY 5: Mount Constitution

Highlights: Cycle Mount Constitution

Our ride today is shorter, but steeper as we set our sights on summiting Mt Constitution. At 2,398 feet, it’s the tallest point in the San Juan Islands and features a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding islands in the US and Canada as well as Washington’s snow-covered Mt Baker rising over 10,000 ft. Other than the view, our other reward today is the amazing descent back down the mountain to Eastsound. Tonight we gather again for our farewell group dinner.

  • Distance: 34km (21mi)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Lodging:

DAY 6: Bike to Doe Bay - Return to Anacortes

Highlights: Moran State Park

If you’d like to get another ride in the morning we have a great route though Moran State Park to Doe Bay. After returning to Eastsound, you'll have time to shower before check out. We’ll return by ferry to Anacortes (arriving ~ 2pm – dependent on ferry schedule and ferries sometimes run late) where we will say goodbye and you can continue your adventure as you please!

  • Distance: 35km (22mi)
  • Meals: Breakfast
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