DestinationUncategorized July 8, 2024

The City of Anacortes

Once a bustling hub for shipbuilding, lumber mills, and fishing, the city of Anacortes, has transformed into a vibrant coastal community that perfectly balances its rich historical roots with a modern, thriving way of life. Founded in the late 19th century, Anacortes was a gateway to the San Juan Islands, where the bustling timber and fishing industries drove its early economy.

Today, the city retains its maritime charm, boasting a picturesque downtown, a vibrant arts scene, and a deep appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds it. Anacortes is known for its picturesque downtown shopping & dining district, bustling marinas, water views, and expansive public forest lands. Some of the best destinations to take in views encompassing the essence of Anacortes can be found at:

Sharpe Park Montgomery Duban Headlands – Sares Head:

Dedicate about 25 minutes of your time to walking through 37-acres of marshlands, woods and coastline and discover one of the best views Anacortes has to offer.  This grand viewpoint offers 180 degrees of  visibility that looks out to Whidbey Island, the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic Mountains, the San Juan Islands. On clear days you can even see Victoria, Canada in the distance. It takes a bit of a hike to get to the viewpoint, but we can promise you it is worth it.

Washington Park – Juniper Point:

Here you will find views of  Burrows Channel, Burrows Island, Rosario Strait and the San Juan Islands. Be prepared for a 20 to 25 minute hike to get to these viewpoints.

Mt. Erie:

Mt. Erie is Fidalgo Island’s highest spot standing at 1,273-feet tall. The mountain overlooks Whidbey Island, Olympic Mountain, Skagit Valley, Mt. Baker, and Mt. Rainier. Be sure to visit on a clear day. You can hike, climb, or drive your way to the lookouts.

 The Majestic:

Featuring The Majestic Inn Spa and The Bistro & Bar At the Majestic. Being the second tallest building in downtown Anacortes, it quite literally offers the most majestic views from their rooftop lounge. Guests get a birds eye view of historic downtown, with stunning views of the San Juan Islands and Guemes Channel.

The city has embraced its heritage and offers residents and visitors a unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. It’s a place where the past meets the present, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere that captures the essence of life in the Pacific Northwest.

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