"Quiet City with Old Downtown" Anacortes by glabah

Anacortes Travel Guide: 38 reviews and 140 photos

Anacortes is what once might have been called a "fishing village", and there is still a heavy emphasis on boats and the water that surrounds the city on three sides. It has a fairly active ship yard that rebuilds commercial vessels of all sorts. However, today much of the income in the city comes from the nearby refinery at March's Point and the jobs it creates.

You will find that Anacortes has a number of older buildings throughout its downtown area, and in general the town has the feel of a laid back coastal community, without having a tourist trap type feel to it.

Unfortunately, the primary tourist activity in Anacortes is to pass through it. The ferry terminal west of downtown is the primary gateway to the San Juan Islands, and also a link to Sidney and Vancouver Island. It is an attractive town in its own right, and if it looks as though your choice is to spend a few hours in line at the ferry terminal or in downtown Anacortes for a lighter loaded ferry trip, your best choice may be downtown Anacortes for a few hours. The area around the ferry terminal is quite desolate.

  • Last visit to Anacortes: Apr 2010
  • Intro Updated Dec 19, 2013
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  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Sep 2, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Driven by the ferry terminal in Sidney billions of times...knew that it was a link to Anacortes..but never took the ride...Thanks for the tour!Shame about Tommy Thompson's railway,why is that THEY say"all good things must come to an end"?

  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Apr 30, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Wow, these tulip fields look amazing! I can hardly imagine fishermen village, but now, with historic figures, murals and public art, the city looks quite interesting. And the beach ad Deception Pass State Park is lovely!

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    Great idea to put up life-size cutouts of historic figures in appropriate places around town!

  • Faiza-Ifrah's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    very nice tips covering many attraction here. your pics of tulips, beautiful buildings and sculptures are great. loved the tip on railroad - husband and wife team. felt great about it. i think those dark centred tulips are also in my garden.


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