Destination guide

Anacortes is all about water, whales and weird festivals

Named after Anne Curtis Bowman, the wife of a Fidalgo Island settler, the small town of Anacortes overlooks Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands in Washington State. A popular spot for sailors, hikers and nature lovers, it's also a local hangout for whales, including several pods of resident orcas who frequent these waters. Fidalgo Island residents love a good get together. Plan ahead and book an Anacortes vacation rental in the prime summer months, and enjoy the seaside town's quirky festival season, including Shipwreck Day, Anacortes Arts Festival, and What the Heck?, a mellow music fest.

Things to do

It's all aboard for Anacortes maritime history

Thanks to a mild climate, Anacortes is a year-round destination. Book an Anacortes vacation rental close to downtown, and have access to its many maritime attractions. The Anacortes Maritime Heritage Center, open Tuesday to Sunday, is a journey through Anacortes' maritime history. Another popular attraction is the W.T Preston, an old stern-wheel boat, one of just 2 left in the US, which is docked next to the Cap Sante Marina. Climb aboard for a taste of true maritime history, not to mention the best views of Puget Sound from the top deck.


Have a whale of a time in Anacortes

A thriving seaside town and home to thousands of boats, life in Anacortes is very much about messing about on the water. Puget Sound is home to a variety of sea life, including several pods of orcas who call the sound home. Rent a charter boat and pootle around the islands, or hop on one of the many whale and dolphin watching cruises which depart from the waterfront. As an alternative to water-based fun, head inland and explore the many hiking trails which criss-cross Mount Erie. After dark, relax at a seafood restaurant on the waterfront.


Islands in the sun (and rain)

Most islands in Puget Sound benefit from a mild Pacific climate; think warm, dry summers, mild, damp winters, and a generous sprinkling of rain. Anacortes sees the wealth of visitors during the warm, summer months, when temperatures reach around 70°F. Anacortes vacation rentals get booked up quickly during this time, so for the best pickings it's advisable to book months in advance. The shoulder seasons of spring and fall are much quieter, yet still with sunny days, but an increased chance of rain showers, so make sure to pack an umbrella.

Natural features

Mount Erie, where hikers and climbers go head to head

Perched on the northern coast of Fidalgo Island, Anacortes has some of the finest views of Puget Sound and her islands. The highest point on the island is Mount Erie, which at 1273-feet high, is a tempting climb for any adventurer. Don't tell hikers, but Mount Erie also has a paved road to the peak, making the magnificent views over the Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands accessible to all. While hikers reach the peak via its many trails, rock climbers can scramble up the north's bald rock face for the same breathtaking views.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Anacortes

Fly into Lopez Island, WA (LPS), the closest airport, located 14.9 mi (24 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Rosario, WA (RSJ-Rosario Seaplane Base), which is 15 mi (24.1 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Anacortes?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 146 vacation rentals near Anacortes. From 92 Houses to 26 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Anacortes for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Anacortes?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Anacortes. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Washington Park: 610 vacation rentals
  • Cap Sante Boat Haven: 578 vacation rentals
  • Anacortes Community Theatre: 593 vacation rentals
  • Anacortes Museum and Maritime Heritage Center: 597 vacation rentals
  • Cap Sante Park: 556 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Anacortes listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Anacortes?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 92 Houses in Anacortes. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Anacortes include:

  • Cottages: 26 rentals available
  • Cabins: 26 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 26 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Condos/Apartments and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Anacortes?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 2 vacation rentals with pool available in Anacortes. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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