Experience Anacortes Washington!

Anacortes Washington is your Island Getaway.

Experience Anacortes Washington! Located on Fidalgo Island, between Seattle and Vancouver BC; Anacortes is the famed destination point for the San Juans and International ferry runs in Washington State. As www.anacortes.org boasts, “This Coastal Community is 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.”

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The City

The city is 15.4 square miles, and the island is roughly 41 square miles; half of that being public parks, recreational lands and waters. Anacortes has 12 miles of shoreline and 67 miles of public trails (some if it located in one of the last old-growth forested areas on the coast). The waether is moderat all year and gets about 26 inches of rainfall. Anacortes receives over 2 million visitors per year that use the Ferry connection to San Juan and Vancouver Island.

People have resided in the Fidalgo and Guemes Islands for more than 10,000 years. Including the recent native tribes of the Samish and the Swinomish. The Samish lived in the Northern part of the islands while the Swinomish lived primarily in the Southern part of the islands. In 1873 the Swinomish Reservation was created and in 1996 the Samish were officially recognized as a tribe. The first White settlers arrived in the 1850’s. For more about Anacortes’s rich history click HERE.

Outdoor fun

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Enjoy the Ship Harbor Interpretive Preserve Trail that leads you through the 25 acre perimeter of Freshwater wetlands and the Guemes Channel Trail that leads you to downtown Anacortes and the popular Tommy Thompson Trail. Just 20 minutes from downtown Anacortes  is Deception Pass. You’ll love the views and the Deception Pass Bridge. In addition, Anacortes offers a number of beautiful parks designed for the whole family to enjoy.Don’t forget to see the Anacortes Forest Land Trails a rich and beautiful site for sure. But, If you are an adventure seeker, you will love Mt. Erie. Mt. Erie stands 1,273-feet and brings climbing clubs from all over the region. For more Trails click HERE

Lastly, there is Whale watching! The San Juans are well known for Whale watching, offering protected waters and three pods of resident Orca whales. There are a number of wildlife cruises that can be enjoyed as well. In the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains and and just 90 miles north of Seattle the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands provide an incredible journey for your whale watching adventures.

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Anacortes does offer some great stays for the RV’er like Pioneer Trails RV Resort and the Swinomish Northern Lights Casino RV Resort. Both of these Parks have waterfront parking and allow pets. Speaking of pets. If you are looking for something to do with Fido HERE are some resources. If you like pulling your about around with the RV , the San Juans are a wonderful place for boating enthusiasts and Kayakers! The waters between Burrows Island and Deception Pass are in particular the best places in the world to encounter Harbor porpoise. And you know that if you Kayak at all, it should be with Porpoise.


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Anacortes offers many Festivals and opportunities to stop in and celebrate. Coming up April 8th is the Spring Wine Festival and going all month long in April will be the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

Whatever you want to encounter, the water is the limit here for Anacortes; from taking in some of the most beautiful scenic views to rugged mountain climbing to a relaxing kayak ride. Experiencing Anacortes is a must.

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