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Into the Wild! Women's Adventure Tours

More women head outdoors for adventure

The Outdoors is calling. Women, pack up you sleeping bags, camping gear, mountain bikes and hit the trails.

Adventure tours and outdoor vacations are becoming increasingly popular for women, who are looking for more and more options to break away from the daily grind and household duties and breathe in nature's fresh air. The backdrop of the United States' national parks and nature trails on both the east and west coasts give adventure-seeking women great opportunities to ban together and enjoy a little hiking and biking throughout the year.

Kayaking on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State
Kayaking in Washington

Water fun and Wilderness in Washington State
The Olympic Peninsula of Washington State is a picture-perfect setting for a variety of girlfriend getaways that include biking through nature trails, kayaking cool waters and hiking along national parks. All year, vacations and tours are available to travelers and adventurers.

Outdoor Odysseys, Inc.
Explore some of the most beautiful islands in the United States - and launch a lifetime of friendships - through these women-only kayak tours. The sunny San Juan Islands host this unique kayaking adventure known as WOW (Women on the Water). Led by highly trained and spirited female guides, participants paddle two-person kayaks and explore the more than 200-tree lined islands that rise out of the shimmering waters of the straits of Juan de Fuca.

Over the course of a three-day adventure, participants will camp at sites just a few steps from the water, indulge in world-class cuisine made from local ingredients and experience inspiring and life affirming opportunities to view indigenous wildlife, including killer whales, bald eagles and harbor seas. The point of departure, San Juan County Park, is considered the best place on the west coast to view the three resident orca pods that swim the water.

Coast off of Bellevue, Washington
Bellevue, Washington's Charming Coast

Changing Gears Journeys
Looking for a bond-worthy bike and hike amidst beautiful and natural surroundings?

Bellevue, Washington-based Changing Gears Journeys host Fields of Lavender Bicycling and Hiking Weekend for Women Only, a hands-on, personalized cycling tour of one of Washington State's most beloved scenic regions. Timed just before the renowned Sequim Lavender Festival, this two-day event involves exhilarating bicycle and hiking tours around Sequim, known for its sunny weather and incredible views of Washington's Olympic Mountains.

The relaxing atmosphere of the tour allows participants to hike along the wilderness trails, which are perfumed by the growing lavender. The adventure starts on July 12 with a scenic hike through the Dungeness Spit Wilderness area, followed by unique shopping in Sequim's quaint and quirky shops, a visit at an herbal nursery and a gourmet dinner. On July 13, the tour rolls through the Sequim countryside along the Strait of Juan de Fuca, bringing adventurers to the Purple Haze Lavender Farm for a picnic lunch and lavender craft class. Changing Gears Journeys provide adventure tours year round including bicycling adventures in Italy, Austria, British Columbia and Washington State.

Flyfishing at L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School
Flyfishing in Maine

Magical Maine Coasts & Islands
For adventurers who prefer the East Coast appeal, outdoor outfitter L.L. Bean offers costal adventures for women through its Outdoor Discover School. The adventure school, offering classes and excursions in fly fishing, camping, hiking, biking, kayaking and more, caters to outdoorsmen of all types including women.

Casco Bay, Maine Island-Hopping Kayak Trip
There are so many islands in Casco Bay, Maine that they are known as the Calendar Islands, one for every day of the year. This special part of the world offers spectacular scenery, fascinating historic landmarks and a glimpse into a way of life virtually unchanged in the past 100 years.

The tours allow participants to paddle at a leisurely pace, while viewing the gulls and osprey that fly overhead. Near the islands edges, adventures can catch a glimpse of seals and other island inhabitants. Expert guides will share with kayakers knowledge about the plants, animals and local history of the island.

Guests spend one night of the trip at the L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery island base camp and another at a bed and breakfast on Long Island. There adventurers can visit with the working lobstermen and enjoy a clambake with traditional Maine lobster and steak. Following dinner, kayakers will enjoy stargazing on the island. The kayak adventure will include visits to many of the areas historic sites including Eagle Island, the home of the famous Artic explorer, Admiral Peary.

Maine Costal Camping Bike Tour
Outdoor enthusiasts can experience the best of the great outdoors during the summer months while actively taking in the landscape of the Maine coast on bicycle. Maine's costal and country roads give cyclists a great opportunity to explore.

The L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery School offers knowledgeable guides for experiencing the best Maine has to offer including coastal vistas, lush fields and farmlands. Cyclists can explore historic villages, working harbors, farms and more while cruising the rocky coast and rolling country of Maine. The leisurely bicycle tour gives riders plenty of time to stop and explore the coast of Maine.

Lobster Bake in Freeport, Maine
Lobster Bake in Maine

The two-day weekend excursion is geared toward outdoor fun as the scenic bike tours take participants to stunning ocean views, charming villages and harbors bustling with sailboats and fishing vessels. Bikers camp in a private waterfront campground in Freeport, Maine, where a traditional lobster bake is hosted. After dinner, adventurers can enjoy the sunset and gaze up at the stars. The tours, which run in July, August and September, are available for all ages of bikers.

To learn more about these and other women's outdoor adventure tours visit L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools.


Outdoor Odysseys, Inc.
(800) 647-4621

Changing Gears Journeys
15006 NE 15th St.
Bellevue, Wash. 98007
(206) 824-3401

L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools
(888) 552-3261