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.
Welcome to Anacortes
Situated on a drive-to island, Anacortes is a thriving seaside town. Anacortes is located on Fidalgo Island, with easy access via bridge to the mainland. The city itself comprises 15.4 square miles, and the island is just over 41 square miles – almost half of which is public park and recreational lands and waters.
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.
Take a Day Trip to Anacortes
Two bridges along Hwy 20 connect the valley with Fidalgo Island, which is where you’ll find the seaside town of Anacortes. This small town is known for its historic waterfront, 50 miles of hiking trails, and mix of annual festivals.
Washington State Ferries
Vehicle Reservations: Know when you’ll go. Whether you’re traveling from the Anacortes Ferry Terminal to a wedding, family reunion, group vacation, or other group event, Washington State Ferries (WSF) wants to make your travel convenient, easy and predictable.
Fidalgo Island History
For more than 10,000 years people have lived in the Fidalgo and Guemes Island areas. Learn more about our history - canning, fishing, technology and more!