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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Viewpoint
“You should definitely take the time to drive the Washington Park Loop Road. There are nice places to pull off the road and take in the sights. On the west side is a nice picnic spot with grass and tables. This is the best place on Fidalgo Island to possibly see whales from land! The trails are also very nice, if you have the time.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Anacortes eatery preparing New American dishes with locally sourced meats, veggies & seafood.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Well attended happy hour (4 - 6), great view and good "NW fare Menu". Approximately 13 blocks from the Guemes ferry terminal.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Part of historic downtown Anacortes - local food with rustic, old world flair. Come as you are.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
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“The locally watering hole. A great place to enjoy a beer and some food after your trip! ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Just outside of Anacortes on Fidalgo island is Mt Erie at just 1200 feet high. Drive to the top for almost 360° views of the area. Depending on the day of your visit you may meet climbers coming and going on the south side or hang gliders launching and flying down to Campbell lake area.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Diner
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“Great food, a local favorite. Fletcher is the owner and he makes everyone feel like family. It's one of our favorite places.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Good place to mingle with the locals over a beer and fish sandwich. Nice spot to meet friends and on the patio out back. Check their calendar for schedule of live entertainment.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Park
“37-acre wooded parkland offering hiking trails, wildlife & elevated vistas of the marina. Awesome views!”
  • 17 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Port Angeles is a premier whale watching destination. In recent years, the surrounding waters have become one of the leading destinations for viewing humpback whales in North America. Both salmon-eating and mammal-eating orcas are often spotted here as well. From Port Angeles, the comfortable Island Explorer 4 can head west into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, east toward the San Juan Islands, or north to Race Rocks Ecological Preserve, a memorable spot they visit. Offers private charters for a family, company or crew outings throughout the year. The Island Explorer 4 and Island Explorer 5 feature full walk around lower decks, upper viewing decks, great sound systems, heated cabins, galley service, his and her restrooms and a great crew. Great for whale watching tour, wedding, corporate team building event, or a family reunion.”
  • 10 locals recommend
History Museum
“Charming local history museum in an old library featuring regional antiques & photographs.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cinema
“ If you are dying for the big screen , enjoy the a bit run down, no-frills movie theater- part of a regional chain, showing 1st-run releases on 3 screens.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Saturdays, 9-2 This is our favorite. It is one of the largest with some crafts people and some prepared food from places like BreadFarm Just down the road from us in Edison. ​”
  • 9 locals recommend
Transit Station
“Ferry to the San Juan Islands and to Sydney, BC. You will love your trip!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“Get on a ferry to any of the neighboring islands. Bring your bike, or car. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
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“"Old fashioned goodness" as they advertise, food made from scratch and served in a comfortable, unpretentious place, as you would expect with a name like theirs. Nice place, and good for families. ”
  • 9 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Anacortes eatery preparing New American dishes with locally sourced meats, veggies & seafood.”
  • 22 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Well attended happy hour (4 - 6), great view and good "NW fare Menu". Approximately 13 blocks from the Guemes ferry terminal.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Part of historic downtown Anacortes - local food with rustic, old world flair. Come as you are.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“The locally watering hole. A great place to enjoy a beer and some food after your trip! ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Diner
“Great food, a local favorite. Fletcher is the owner and he makes everyone feel like family. It's one of our favorite places.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Brewery
“Good place to mingle with the locals over a beer and fish sandwich. Nice spot to meet friends and on the patio out back. Check their calendar for schedule of live entertainment.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Corner Shop
“The Store grocery (.7 miles) if baked goods are your thing, the muffins here are amazing. Go early, they sell out. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great sandwiches, soups, and desserts. Friday pasta nights are a good family option too.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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