Not for summer only: winter fishing in Anacortes
Climb to the peak of Mt. Erie - by trail, road, or car
Causland Park & other sites on the National Register of Historic Places
Deception Pass State Park: Connecting the beauty of Fidalgo & Whidbey islands
Explore the antique shops and feast your eyes upon colorful treasures
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.
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.
Winter Island Getaway
Whether you’re planning a special romantic getaway or want to surprise your sweetie with a spontaneous retreat, Anacortes offers 360 degrees of island charm—just a car ride down the road.
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.
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.
Fidalgo Island History
A slightly corrupted version of Anna Curtis Bowman’s name was taken for the island’s ‘capital’ city – Anacortes. This city ultimately would be the only incorporated community on the island. Let there be no mistake. Fidalgo – home of lakes, forests, beaches and harbors – is an island steeped in history.