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About Anacortes

Anacortes is perhaps best known for its generous and varied Washington State Ferry terminal service to many of the outlying San Juan Islands. Washington State Ferry docks on Anacortes offer some of the most comprehensive travel to outlying islands that includes Shaw Island, Lopez Island, Orca's Island and even Victoria British Columbia. Anacortes is beautiful, inviting and conveniently just a short drive to Oak Harbor to the south as well as Mount Vernon and Burlington in Skagit Valley to the east.

Even more exciting is that Anacortes offers easy access by car to the greater Seattle metropolitan area to the south and Vancouver Canada to the north. Both major metropolitan areas are just about a 90-minute drive from Anacortes. The city of Anacortes traces its beginnings back to the late 1800s. Amos Bowman, a railroad surveyor originally founded the region and ultimately named Anacortes after his wife Annie Curtis.

Beautiful Anacortes has a population that fluctuates between the winter and summer but is usually around 16,000 people. The city is located on Fidalgo Island and is flanked by the Puget Sound as well as the Swinomish channel and the San Juan Islands. Boasting mild weather as compared to other regions of the Pacific Northwest, Anacortes experiences significantly less rainfall than other areas of the region including Seattle. Most interestingly, Anacortes was originally known as Ship Harbor. The area is very popular among boaters as well as anyone who enjoys the outdoors in general.

Considered a very lively part of the Pacific Northwest, Anacortes features a wide variety of celebrations and festivals throughout the year. This includes everything from Shipwreck Day to the Anacortes Art Festival and the world-renowned Oyster Run. The area is also highly coveted for affordable high quality single-family residential homes. From families just starting out to business professionals and those looking for a second residence, Anacortes is truly a popular destination. Hiking to fishing and boating as well as bicycling and bird watching are always on tap. In truth, the possibilities are endless when visiting or choosing to live in inviting Anacortes.

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