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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.

Take a Day Trip to Anacortes

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.

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.

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.

Winter Bird Watching

Winter Bird Watching
From Fidalgo Island beaches and forests to day-trip destinations including the Skagit River and Skagit Valley farmlands, an Anacortes-based photography outing is guaranteed to yield memorable results year-round. You will find that Anacortes – the accessible island – is a perfect place to base your Northwest photography adventure.

Anacortes Mural Project

Anacortes Mural Project
From city founders to children at play, fantastic dragons to Hollywood superstars, Bill’s outdoor mural characters provide opportunity for countless hours of education and appreciation of creative art skills.

Welcome to Anacortes

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.