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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

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.

Getting to Anacortes

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.

Explore the Shoreline

Explore the Shoreline
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.

Ride the Ferries

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.

Hiking on Fidalgo Island

Hiking on Fidalgo Island
Anacortes, on Fidalgo Island, is home to a number of incredible all-season hiking trails.

Whale Watching Trips

Whale Watching Trips
Anacortes is the perfect departure point for guaranteed whale watching and wildlife cruises. Situated in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands provide calm waters (sea-sickness is very rare!), sunny skies, and an incredible backdrop for your whale watch adventures.