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Things to do in Skagit County

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.
Bridge
“Beautiful views! There are places to park on either side of the bridge. Get out and walk the bridge. There are also parks with trails nearby. The bridge connects the island to the mainland. 42.5 miles up island.”
  • 30 locals recommend
Nature
“Will not disappoint! Breathtaking colors and sights. Go mid week to avoid weekend crowds.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Route
“The views. Especially phenomenal at sunset. Fun roadtrip to Whidbey Island, where there are loads of cute shops and good eats. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“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
Farm
“A working oyster and bivalve farm. The farm store is open most days and you can buy Oysters and eat them at outdoor picnic tables right on the water. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day. Really good views here. A peaceful place to enjoy some time, eat, learn and experience something truly unique to our area. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
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“This is what we have for "fine dining" in the greater Bow Metropolitan Area. The views can't be beat for inside dining with white tablecloths. This is the most expensive restaurant close by.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Anacortes eatery preparing New American dishes with locally sourced meats, veggies & seafood.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
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“This is for a 40 minute drive north (take the scenic route) It a bit bohemian in decorating. They use local skagit produce and meats by chef David Blakesley. It has always been a fun and delightful day when visit Bow-Edison. Tweets operates on cash or check. There is a atm across the road at a super cool traven. tweetscafe.com They are only open Friday Saturday and Sunday 9-4 but they do take a few weekends off during the year so ask me and I will check my instragram. ”
  • 21 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
Trail
“OUR FAVORITE HIKE. 8 Miles of moderate incline. Great views at the top. Stop in La Conner on the way back for some local food. ”
  • 12 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
Park
“This is one stop I always take my out of state visitors. The views are just awesome and its fun to walk across the bridge, lots of photo ops for free! Its always nice to go under the bridge and walk along some of the trails, its a nice quiet place to be. I go there on my own as well for that reason. Its all just very pretty and calming, who doesn't need that?!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Miscellaneous Shop
“The best food co-op I have ever visited. Great wine, cheese, produce and bulk foods. They sell meat also. Upstairs is a dining area and gift shop. ”
  • 17 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.”
  • 14 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Anacortes eatery preparing New American dishes with locally sourced meats, veggies & seafood.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
“This is for a 40 minute drive north (take the scenic route) It a bit bohemian in decorating. They use local skagit produce and meats by chef David Blakesley. It has always been a fun and delightful day when visit Bow-Edison. Tweets operates on cash or check. There is a atm across the road at a super cool traven. tweetscafe.com They are only open Friday Saturday and Sunday 9-4 but they do take a few weekends off during the year so ask me and I will check my instragram. ”
  • 21 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.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Brewery
“Good food, beverage selection and live music on the main "Commercial" Ave. of Anacortes.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Make reservations in the summer! This is our favorite. White tablecloths and everything you expect but still reasonably priced. ​”
  • 13 locals recommend

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