Visitor centers bring great value to their towns. Most visitor centers are run by volunteers who contribute their time, knowledge, and helpful information to those visiting the region or area.

Did you know that Anacortes has the BEST Visitor Information Center in the entire United States?!

Okay, it is our opinion, but we think it is true. There is no official ranking for Visitors Centers… but it would surely be at the top if there was one!

Visitor centers bring great value to their towns. Most visitor centers are run by volunteers who contribute their time, knowledge, and helpful information to those visiting the region or area.

When you walk inside the Anacortes Visitor Information Center, you will see brochures from the floor to the ceiling of trail maps, restaurant menus, lists of retail shops, ferry information, and more. You will be greeted by a friendly volunteer who is happy to share their knowledge about this town. This customized service will surely give you the most enjoyable stay or a day trip to Anacortes and the San Juan Islands.

Not only do the volunteers cover the foundations of the maps, restroom guidance, and fun facts, but you will get to engage with living icons of the area! Two of our long-standing Visitor Information Volunteers are Kay Dow & Lou Bergeson. Lou was born and raised in Anacortes, and she says she just, “Loves to share about her little island.” Lou knows just about everyone in town, and she is a pleasure to be around. You can find Lou in the Visitors Center on Saturdays. Kay Dow has been serving as a volunteer for the visitor center in Anacortes since the ’80s. As Kay puts it, “It’s very rewarding to be around people that are happy and who also love supporting this amazing community.” These two women are very dedicated to the City, the Chamber, and the community.

We hope you stop to meet these wonderful people and learn more about the town you live in. Please recommend to your friends and family visiting that they also pop in.

Have you ever considered becoming a volunteer for the Visitor Center yourself? If you know anyone who might be a good fit, please reach out to Christy Lyman, Tourism Director, at the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce (christy@ancortes.org). We are always excited to welcome more volunteers to the team.