ANACORTES “WILD SIDE” ECO TOUR
When: January-December 9:30am-3:30pm*
Price: $144 adult, $72 child (10 & under)
*times set to accommodate the Amtrak Cascades train schedule from Seattle and Vancouver into the Mount Vernon station.
*extended 2hr tour option available (additional cost)
Great experiences come in small islands!
Anacortes, on Fidalgo Island, is a small and vibrant seacoast community on the edge of the Salish Sea. Fidalgo Island hosts the most protected forest lands and lakes in the San Juan island archipelago, beautiful coastal state parks with miles of trails, a myriad of terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, colorful spring wildflowers, and lookouts high above that offer amazing vistas 360! Even more, Anacortes offers the best weather in all of Washington State by being in the Olympic rainshadow. We enjoy much drier and milder weather than Seattle!
The Anacortes “Wild Side” Eco Tour takes you on short hikes around Fidalgo Island coastal parks and forests in search of wildlife, wildflowers (in season) and scenery. We’ll search for eagles, osprey, seabirds, shorebirds, forest birds, harbor seals, harbor porpoise, river otters and beavers. Tidepooling is always a fun option during extreme low tides.
Anacortes was once dotted with salmon canneries and pulp mills. Now it is home to a thriving maritime industry with its marinas, shipbuilding yard, fishing fleet and fish processing plants, The Anacortes Museum & Maritime Heritage Center, a historical downtown full of cute shops, art galleries and fine restaurants, summer art and boat festivals, a farmer’s market, and many other amenities make living here special.
You will have time on your own for lunch and a stroll downtown. Afterwards, we can continue looking for wildlife or, if you prefer, walk around the marina and bayside trail to learn about boats, ships and the “ways of life”, old and new, of Anacortes.
The 2hr extended tour option includes a visit to Deception Pass Bridge, our area’s #1 attraction and a drive up Mt Eerie (Fidalgo Island’s highest point) for top-side amazing views of the Salish Sea Islands, the North Cascades and Olympic mountains, and of course Skagit Valley!
“A fantastic way to “re-wild” your spirit! The hike we took was at our pace and level of hiking. We learned about the wild flowers, trees and birds. We also got a bit of history of the island.” Kristi, Montana & Kim, Washington
“Stephanie was AMAZING. There are other tour guides in the area but Stephanie made me feel as though we were best friends reconnecting again. She was full of life and energy! I could see how passionate she was about her job and she was extremely knowledgeable. I learned SO much from her. She went out of her way to make a specialized tour for me since I was limited on time and wanted to see particular things. She answered all my questions and she never rushed me when we were sightseeing. She picked me up from my hotel and dropped me off at another adventure I had booked!!! She is PHENOMENAL. If you want a tour guide who is energized, passionate about their home/job, super friendly and accommodating than you MUST book with Skagit Guided Adventures! You won’t be dissapointed. It was an experience I’ll never forget. Thank you so much Stephanie!” Christine, Washington DC
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Not included: lunch, taxes & fees, and gratuity
Small group size: 1-6 Adventurers
Pick-up & drop-off locations: Mount Vernon Amtrak train & bus Station, Anacortes Ferry, hotels, motels, B&Bs, AirBnBs, marinas, residences & Airporter Shuttle locations in Anacortes, La Conner, Burlington & Mount Vernon.
Staying in Seattle or Vancouver but don’t have a car? Easy. Hop on the Amtrak Cascades train from the Seattle King Station to the Mount Vernon Station pickup. Other options include the Amtrak Thruway Bus, Greyhound bus, public transit bus and the Airporter Shuttle.
The Anacortes “Wild Side” Eco Tour is an ideal Adventure for a single traveler, a small group of friends or family, or a private charter.
Stay longer in Anacortes for a multi-day Adventure. In addition to our Nature Tours, Farm Tours and Day Hikes, you can whale watch, kayak, scuba dive, bike, rock climb, fish, crab, ferry ride and jet boat right here on Fidalgo Island. Nearby waterfront towns and farms in Skagit Valley are also fun to visit.
Contact us to help plan and organize your extended visit to “Re-Wild” Your Spirit! in NW Washington. Please inquire about accommodations.