Anacortes, WA, USA

Anacortes, WA, USA

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.