San Juan Passage homeowners can choose from a wide array of activities to suit today's active lifestyle. San Juan Passage is also a jumping point for discovering the wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Just cross the four-lane bridge off Fidalgo Island, pass through the pastoral landscape of the Skagit Valley and hop on Interstate-5. Adventure awaits at several local destinations:
- Seattle, 80 miles south of Anacortes
- Vancouver, B.C., 90 miles north
- The lively university city of Bellingham
- The historic, charming little town of La Conner
- North Cascade National Park – a paradise for hikers and climbers.
- Deception Pass State Park - just 20 minutes away
- Eastern Washington, where viticultural areas such as Walla Walla and Red Mountain produce fruit for some of the country’s most coveted wines.
- Two hours northeast takes snowboarders and skiers to the glaciers and long, sweet slopes of 14,410-foot Mount Baker
- Some of the world’s finest skiing lies beyond the Canadian border at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort, about a four-hour drive from Anacortes.
- A trip over the 180-foot-high Deception Pass Bridge onto Whidbey Island takes visitors to the historic village of Coupeville, where restaurants serve up famous local Penn Cove mussels.
- A short drive southwest, at Keystone, a state ferry heads for the charming town of Port Townsend, one of only three Victorian seaports in the U.S. on the National Historic Register.
- Farther west on the Olympic Peninsula, ancient rain forests harbor old-growth cedars and isolated ocean beaches that invite backpackers ready for a true wilderness experience.
- For a completely different experience, homeowners at San Juan Passage can take a short walk to the state ferry landing and cruise through the San Juan Islands to Sidney, B.C., and the former British colony of Victoria, which retains its old English character with horse-drawn carriages and afternoon high tea. The Anacortes-Sidney ferry runs nine months a year, spring to mid-winter. For ferry information, see www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries.