Shop, play, eat, stay in Historic Downtown Anacortes
Climb to the peak of Mt. Erie - by trail, road, or car
Anacortes has long been the favored launch point for sea kayaking adventures
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 our five sample itineraries below. They’re great for visiting solo or with a group and can be mixed and matched to fit your personal schedule. For additional 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.
Enjoy Fall in Anacortes
You’ve picked a great time to visit Anacortes! Not only is there an impressive selection of the region’s best breweries and cideries to sample, there are also many activities around town to enjoy.
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. These articles provide glimpses into the narratives and experiences that Anacortes, and the surrounding Skagit Valley, have to tell. We’re happy to host established travel writers, food bloggers, family trip planners and outdoor enthusiast.
Getting to Anacortes
Equidistant between Seattle to the south and Vancouver, B.C. to the north (approximately 80 miles from each), Anacortes rests on the waters of the Salish Sea on beautiful Fidalgo Island.
Trails & Hiking on Fidalgo Island
Anacortes, on Fidalgo Island, is home to a number of incredible all-season hiking trails. We’ve chosen to link some of the best loved trails to user-submitted hiking guides listed on the Washington Trail Association‘s website. Explore places like Cap Sante Park, the Cranberry Lake Area, Deception Pass Park & more!