The Skagit Eagle Festival takes place in January, with events every weekend
The beaches in the Pacific Northwest have their own special kind of charm.
Anacortes has become the destination of choice for boating enthusiasts
Climb to the peak of Mt. Erie - by trail, road, or car
Deception Pass State Park: Connecting the beauty of Fidalgo & Whidbey islands
Anacortes - Your Perfect Island Destination
Coast in. Hang out - Discover Anacortes.
Anacortes is homeport to the San Juan Islands in the Pacific Northwest. Located on Fidalgo Island, it is conveniently situated halfway between Seattle and Vancouver BC and is the destination point for the San Juans and International ferry runs for Washington State.
Coast in and hang out in our vibrant Old Town. All within walking distance you'll find casual cafes to elegant dining, quirky to sophisticated shopping, art galleries to antique shops and unique accommodations.
Whether you are planning a day trip or a vacation, Anacortes has something for everyone. Whale watching tours, kayaking excursions, sailing, boating, birding, fishing, crabbing, hiking or biking to name a few. The Skagit Tulip and Anacortes Arts festivals are enjoyed by all ages. If you have questions, or would like to learn more about Anacortes, call our friendly team of volunteers in the Visitor Information Center at 360-293-3832.
All about Anacortes
Situated on the most accessible island in the San Juan archipelago, Anacortes is a thriving seaside town. Come see for yourself with the help of five sample itineraries - great for solo or group travel. For more information on activities, phone our Visitor Center, (360) 293-3832, located at 819 Commercial Avenue. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Ride the Ferries
Whether you’re traveling to the San Juan Islands for a wedding, family reunion, group vacation, or other group event, Washington State Ferries (WSF) wants to make your travel convenient, easy and predictable from Anacortes. As part of that effort, they have implemented a new reservation system.
Trails & Hiking
Anacortes, on Fidalgo Island, is home to a number of incredible all-season hiking trails. There are plenty of public parks in Anacortes that do not require a Discover Pass or any special permits. Keep your eyes open for wildlife and northwest-specific trees and plants - maybe even geocache!
Anacortes in the Media
From our casual cafes to elegant dining, quirky to sophisticated shopping, art galleries to antique shops and unique accommodations – Anacortes has miles of stories to share. We’re happy to host established travel writers, food bloggers, family trip planners and outdoor enthusiasts.
Getting to Anacortes
Equidistant between Seattle to the south and Vancouver, B.C. to the north (approx. 80 miles from each), Anacortes rests on the waters of the Salish Sea on beautiful Fidalgo Island. We enjoy easy access to the Cascade Mountains, San Juan Islands and Vancouver Island.
Public Shoreline Access
The beaches in the Pacific Northwest have their own special kind of charm – rocks, pebbles and shells mixed with darker, rougher sand. Many spots are dog friendly, and offer an opportunity to witness amazing sunsets while relaxing on sun-bleached driftwood.