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Climb to the peak of Mt. Erie - by trail, road, or car
Deception Pass State Park: Connecting the beauty of Fidalgo & Whidbey islands
Experience Anacortes - Your Island Getaway
Anacortes is located on Fidalgo Island, in the Pacific Northwest. 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.
Come explore the island getaway you can drive to, and stroll through our vibrant coastal community. 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. Discover our beautiful island getaway 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 - featuring Cap Sante Park, Heart Lake, Deception Pass State Park, and so much more. Getaway to the scenic coast!
Getting to Anacortes
Anacortes is the island getaway you can drive to! 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.
Anacortes is the perfect departure point for guaranteed whale watching and wildlife cruises. Excellent companies operate half-day whale watch tours out of downtown Anacortes, leaving you the rest of the day to explore. On-board naturalists, spacious viewing decks, guaranteed sightings, free binocular use, heated cabins and snacks, and respect for the whales are just some of the amenities you’ll enjoy. Great experiences come in small islands!
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.