San Juan Island Bicycling
Head to San Juan Island for some good intermediate cycling. There are some gentle roads but also some grueling hills that will have your calves tingling in the morning.
Start by renting bikes from Island Bicycles in Friday Harbor, a short walk from the ferry. We recommend reserving a bike in advance in the summer.
This island offers a great 20-mile loop road so you can explore without repeating your routes.
Head out of Friday Harbor and enjoy a ride up to the San Juan Vineyards, where you can take a break for your picnic and sample the winery’s wares or buy them by the glass.
But don’t tarry too long because you’ve still got the nice ride up to Roche Harbor. You can explore this historic village by bike or foot, as well as the nearby San Juan Islands Museum of Art Sculpture Park -- a 19-acre park with more than 100 works of art.
Keep heading west for English Camp and then to the south for American Camp, each famous for the Pig War “Crisis” of 1859-1872. Both offer information on the historic event, and each offers some beautiful views and picnic points, although there are a couple of tough hills to get to both.
Lime Kiln Point State Park, a.k.a. Whale Watch Park, is another unmissable spot, so stop off and look for orcas in the open waters and visit the interpretative center which offers information on orca whales and a history of the lime kilns and the nearby lighthouse.
A ride around San Juan Island isn’t complete without a stop off at Pelindaba Lavender Farm. Here you’ll find some calming views (and wonderful scents) of rows of lavender, and over 250 lavender products in the aromatic store. Picnic tables are also available.
Escape with TerraTrek on a two- to six-day bicycle and multi-sport vacation through the San Juan Islands. Only a short drive from Seattle or Vancouver B.C., the San Juan Archipelago is an ideal getaway because of our long days of sunshine and plenty of activities. Enjoy cycling along quiet two lane country roads lined with wildflowers that wind down to spectacular vistas of neighboring islands and snowcapped mountain ranges, hiking around lakes that lead down to waterfalls, and kayaking past pebble stone coves and rocky islets in orca whale territory! [more...]
Explore San Juan Island at your leisure with a moped, scoot-car, or car from Susie's Mopeds, an island tradition since 1986. Let our professional and friendly staff help plan your island adventure and get you on your way. Pack your lunches and enjoy spectacular scenery of a full-day tour or head off to a specific location like the Whale Watch Park. We offer hourly and daily rates.
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