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Three Reasons To Learn On A Road Scholar Adventure In The San Juan Islands


Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel for adults, has given millions of baby boomers and beyond the opportunity to discover the world on more than 5,500 unique experiential learning adventures. In addition to offering programs in the world’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities, it also offers its participants the opportunity to learn about many of the world’s less bustling but equally charming smaller locales.

When people visit the West Coast, they usually make it a point to visit San Francisco, Seattle or Portland. However for the learner who has already experienced those incredible cities—and even for those who have not—Road Scholar suggests an educational adventure to the San Juan Islands in the beautiful state of Washington.

Here are three reasons to learn on a Road Scholar adventure to the San Juan Islands:

  • San Juan County is one of the most environmentally forward counties in the country. The county has more marine shoreline than any other county in the country – 408 miles to be exact—it’s the first in the state to ban Styrofoam take-out containers and is the first in the U.S. designated as a voluntary “Leave No Trace” area. Visit the pristine shoreline on a Road Scholar program:

Northwest Waterways: Seattle to Victoria, B.C., to San Juan Islands:

  • The San Juan Islands have more nesting bald eagles than any other county in the continental USA. That’s right – the entire country. San Juan Island is also one of the best places in the world for shore-based whale watching. Orca and Minke whales are found year-round, humpback whales in summer, not to mention Steller sea lions, harbor seals, and Dall’s porpoise.

Whales & Trails: A San Juan Island Adventure with your Grandchild:

  • Contrary to popular myth, it isn’t always raining. The island gets over 200 days of sunshine a year and about half the annual rainfall of Seattle. Participants can enjoy year-round hiking, biking and kayaking.

Two Island Trek: Great Coastal Hikes in the San Juan Islands


About Road Scholar

Road Scholar is the nation’s largest educational travel organization for adults – a true university of the world. This not-for-profit educational organization offers 5,500 extraordinary learning adventures in 150 countries and 50 states. Road Scholars are immersed in a variety of educational activities, enlisting renowned faculty and experts who offer insider access not available to most individuals. Dedicated to making educational travel available to everyone, Road Scholar offers financial aid for those who otherwise could not participate in its programs.

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