Anacortes is a city in Skagit County, Washington, United States. The name of the city was adopted from an 1821 letter of Anne Curtis Bowman, the wife of the early settler of Fidalgo Island, Amos Bowman. The population of Anacortes was 15,778 at the 2010 census. Its residents are mostly English speakers. It is a seaside community, with a large maritime economy.
Mount Erie is a prominent landmark in Anacortes, and is the most popular climbing destination in Washington State. The mountain was formed in the Jurassic Period and named by the Wilkes Expedition in 1841. Since its discovery in the 1960s, Mount Erie has become one of the most popular climbing destinations in Washington. At its summit, it offers breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding area. The City of Anacortes manages the surrounding lands as a park and has hiking trails for visitors throughout the year. The moderately strenuous trail to the summit connects with the Sugarloaf Summit Trail, which offers a shorter but more difficult trek.
A day trip to Anacortes is an excellent way to see the surrounding landscape. There are many trails to explore, and many visitors come by ferry. The Deception Pass Bridge is a scenic 25-mile span connecting Fidalgo Island and Whidbey Island. During the summer, the bridge is busy with tourists, with 18,000 vehicles crossing it daily. A trail that goes down to the beach is accessible to everyone.
A ferry connects Anacortes to Fidalgo Island. From there, visitors can take a ferry to Whidbey Island. The bridge spans over a quarter mile and is windy. While the bridge is windy, the overflowing parking lot is ideal for picnicking or strolling. There’s also a trail to the beach that leads to an overlook. You can spend hours at the oceanfront in Anacortes.
An interesting historic feature of Anacortes is the W.T. Preston. The ship is dry-berthed on the waterfront and has a long history in the city. The W.T. Preston worked on removing debris from the waterways of Puget Sound. It is a great place for a sunset. A view of the water from this ship makes it an ideal place to watch the sunset, and there are numerous places to watch it.
For a taste of local flavor, Anacortes has some unique boutiques to offer. The W.T. Preston Steamboat and SeaBear Wild Salmon are two of the longest-running businesses in the city. They are both locally owned and operated. At the Maritime Center and W.T. Preston, the Maritime Center is another popular attraction, and the town is home to a variety of community events. A piers is a great place to observe a sunset.
The dock in Anacortes is a convenient way to get to nearby islands. You can easily catch a ferry from the dock to the islands. The ferry service from the mainland to the islands takes about half an hour. Once you’ve arrived in Anacortes, make sure you have time to explore the area. An island town with a lot to offer, and a vibrant waterfront. While there are plenty of hotels and motels to choose from, most of them are within walking distance of the ferry terminal.