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Located in the heart of the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Anacortes on Fidalgo Island is the center of maritime adventure in the San Juan Islands. Known as the "drive to island," Anacortes is truly the gateway to its neighboring ferry-accessed islands. Whether entering from the beautiful Skagit Valley to the east, or the magnificent Deception Pass Bridge from the south (one of the most popular attractions in Washington), once you've arrived, you're sure to switch to "Island Time" and begin to relax. Anacortes is a friendly town and serves as the center of many outstanding recreational opportunities and cultural events.

Here are just a few of the highlights of "things to do and see" in and around the Anaco Inn:

  • Kayak in our beautiful waters around the islands
  • Watch fabulous sunsets from Washington Park or Mt. Erie lookout
  • Go beach-combing on any of our many beaches
  • Go whale watching in the San Juan Islands
  • Tee it up for 18 holes at Similk Golf Course
  • Charter a boat for a salmon fishing trip, crabbing, whale watching or just sight-seeing through the islands
  • Tour our museum and the W.T. Preston stern wheeler
  • See the Dakota Creek shipyards and watch boat-building in progress
  • Skin dive, snorkel or scuba dive
  • Fly fish on Pass Lake (no motors)
  • Take a round trip ride on the Washington State ferries through the islands or to Victoria, B.C.
  • Charter a small plane from the Anacortes airport to soar over the islands for a breathtaking view
  • Tour the factory of Bunnies By the Bay in La Conner
  • Visit historic old-town Anacortes and shop with our local merchants
  • Take our historic walking tour and view the colorful & historic murals
  • Spend a day hiking or biking in the 3,000 acres of Anacortes Community Forest Lands - or take a nature walk and observe the wildlife in its natural habitat
  • Visit the famous "Deception Pass Bridge" located at the south side of the island
  • Hunt for treasures in our many antique shops and thrift stores