Fidalgo Island sits at the northern end of Puget Sound, and is home to the city of Anacortes, known to many as the “gateway to the San Juans”. It is here in Anacortes that you can board the ferry to the islands of Lopez, Shaw, Orcas, and San Juan – or head a little further west into Canada. Anacortes is also home to several annual events, including the Spring Wine Festival in April, the Anacortes Waterfront Festival in June, Bier on the Pier in early October, and more. Anacortes also boasts a whole host of art galleries where shoppers can browse galleries featuring both well-known and newly emerging artists, as well as peruse a variety of antique shops and find unique treasures from days gone by.
On the west side of the island, you can find Washington Park, a 220-acre city park that offers camping, a boat launch, day-use picnic sites, and a scenic loop road where bicyclists and pedestrians can enjoy spectacular views of Guemes Channel and Burrows Bay.
The south end of Fidalgo is home to half of Deception Pass State Park, the most popular of Washington’s State Parks. With a whopping 4,134 acres featuring beautiful beaches, old-growth forests, abundant wildlife, over 300 campsites, 38 miles of hiking trails, and so much more, Deception Pass State Park has it all. Park visitors come here to enjoy a variety of activities, including fishing, crabbing, clamming, boating, bird watching, horseback riding, picnics, and more. The park’s most prominent feature is the Deception Pass Bridge, a beautiful, scenic bridge which is on The National Register of Historic Places and links Fidalgo Island to the north end of Whidbey Island.
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