Anacortes, Washington sits on the northern tip of Fidalgo Island with secluded Fidalgo Bay just to its east and the open water of Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands to its west. It sits just north of Highway 20 and, depending on which way you’re going around the Cascade Loop, it’s either the first or the last community you will encounter in the island region. It also serves as the jumping off point for a Washington State Ferry ride out to the San Juan Islands.
Things To Do In Anacortes
There are a lot of things to see and do in Anacortes, whether you’ve been there before or are on a return trip. One of the easiest and most popular things to do there is to get out on the water. You can do this by taking a ferry ride, chartering a fishing boat, going on a boat tour, or even renting a kayak. Anacortes also is blessed with a lot of park spaces like Cap Sante Park, Cranberry Lake Park, Volunteer Park, and Kiwanis Waterfront Park. Anacortes has several marinas and just getting out and seeing the boats and watching them enter and leave from out on the water can be a lot of fun. Other things to do and see in the community include a bowling alley, distillery, golf course, museums, theaters, and a great farmers market. Anacortes is also blessed with a fine selection of restaurants and cafes to pick from too. One of the unique and fun things to do there is to get out on the Tommy Thompson Trail. This trail stretches for over three miles along Fidalgo Bay and at one point even crosses the open water. Just like from the rest of town, there are some great views from out on the Tommy Thompson Trail. You can’t go wrong by staying the night or at least spending some time in beautiful Anacortes.
Anacortes – The Surrounding Area
Anacortes is another of the communities near the Cascade Loop that is blessed with tons of great things to do in the surrounding area. The top way to enjoy yourself by getting out away from this city is to take the Anacortes ferry ride out to the San Juan Islands. You’ll not only find a great many things out on the islands, the ferry ride itself is also a lot of fun. South from Anacortes, you’ll head onto Whidbey Island courtesy of the Deception Pass Bridge, an actual historical site. The viewpoints there are amazing. Nearby Deception Pass State Park is a great place to go to get down along the water too. Exploring Whidbey Island further south will bring you to the communities of Oak Harbor and Coupeville, as well as fun places to see like farms, scenic vistas, state parks, and even some old forts to explore. Traveling east from Anacortes, Washington on the Cascade Loop brings you back to the mainland and communities like Burlington, Sedro-Woolley, and Concrete on the way to the high mountains of the North Cascades. Anacortes, Washington can be a fun place to stop and exploring everything within an easy drive of it makes the time you spend there even better.
Great Places To Stay In Anacortes
FIDALGO COUNTRY INN
Website: Fidalgo Country Inn