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Guide to Fidalgo Island

La Conner, WA is only about 12 miles away from Fidalgo Island, a place cherished by locals and visitors, by outdoor enthusiasts and city folk alike. While technically not part of the San Juan Islands, Fidalgo Island serves both as a gateway to said islands and as a travel destination that can grant memories for years to come.

We've put together this guide to give you an idea of the attractions this part of the Puget Sound offers.

Deception Pass State Park

There is a reason Deception Pass State Park is known as Washington's most visited state park, and it's not hard to see why. The area is dotted with wondrous coves, rugged cliffs, and other natural attractions. The sunsets here are simply breathtaking, and the iconic high bridge draws in locals and tourists alike.

The park itself is sizable, spanning over 3,850 acres. With 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline and 33,900 of freshwater shoreline, Deception Pass State Park has plenty of activities for the whole family, including:
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Combing for seashells
  • Metaldetecting
  • And much more!

From the iconic high bridge, you'll have the chance to view unique current phenomena, such as whirlpools, standing waves and more.

There are automated pay stations throughout the park that offer day passes and boat launch permits.

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Visit Anacortes, WA

The largest city on Fidalgo Island is Anacortes, WA, a town with a population of ~16,000. Here, you'll find a wide variety of attractions that appeal to just about every kind of traveler.

Anacortes is full of small, local businesses that can serve as a wonderland for those who love to explore different stores. Crafts, gifts, novelties, you'll be able to find these and much more around town. In addition, there are a number of art galleries featuring some of the best local artists in the area. During the summer, visitors will love the farmers market.

The city also has two museums: the Anacortes Museum and the W.T. Preston, the latter being the last stern-wheeler that operated in the Puget Sound area as well as one of the only remaining snap boats in the country.

As if this weren't enough, there are festivals throughout the year, including the Spring Wine Festival, which offers the chance to discover new wines complete with delicious food pairings.

If you are looking for adventure, Anacortes is a great place to start.

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Get Out on the Water

Fidalgo Island features miles upon miles of pristine shoreline, so it would almost be a crime if you didn't get a chance to go out upon the water. There are a number of marinas and moorage around the island, as well as several boat charter companies in Anacortes. Fishing is a huge draw, due to the amount of salmon species found here. Sea kayaking is also a popular pastime, as the waters are generally calm.

One of the best ways to enjoy the waters around Fidalgo Island is to go whale watching. There are a handful of highly rated whale watching tours that can take you out to see up close some of the oceans largest and most beautiful animals.

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Get a True Northwest Experience

If you are looking for the best Northwest vacation, there is no better place to stay than at La Conner Channel Lodge. Our location is the only waterfront hotel around, and was designed with a northwestern style, allowing you the chance to relax in luxury while still able to enjoy a small town experience.

Contact us today to learn more! We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
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