Is there a child or an adult who wouldn't love to be inspected by wild Orcas (the Free Willy whales) making “spy hops” off the port bow? And who isn’t amazed by the huge grape- and pumpkin-colored sea stars you discover clinging to the boulders at low tide? San Juan and Vancouver Islands north of Seattle are paradise for families. There’s so much that can appeal to everyone—sea kayaking (with careful training and plenty of safety measures for beginners)…walks in prehistoric-looking rain forests…even a visit to stand amid a colorful cloud of hundreds of exotic butterflies. This is a fantastic fresh-air vacation for everyone. When our local guides take charge of the kids, adults have time to relax, taste the fine Washington State wines, and visit sculpture gardens and local galleries.