We are very interested in Anacortes. It is beautiful and surrounded by water. There is a lot of marine activity - WS ferries to the San Juan Islands, two or more repair facilities and six marinas with lots of boats. It is a peninsula, so it has a lot of waterfront. And it has over four square miles of forests plus one very large park - Washington Park - which is also a peninsula of bedrock with lots of views on high points.
I am gathering the best resources I find in this post for future reference. Resources for a hiker, beach walker and casual bike rider - like me - who is always exploring new places.
People’s Guide to Anacortes. Map that marks all sorts of activity locations from beaches, hikes and view points to softball fields and historic sights.
Anacortes Magazine for events and news.
Tommy Thompson Trail - From the SE part of the center city follows the water south, then across a great trestle bridge to March Point. We have seen harbor seals up close on a foggy day on this bridge. The link is a commercial (pay) map site.
Guemes Channel Trail - will traverse the north shoreline from Tommy Thompson trail several miles to Washington Park on the west.
Graphic: Anacortes showing the Guemes Channel Trail across the top (north) and Tommy Thompson Trail on the right (east). Highway 20 entering town is on the lower right and Washington State Ferry terminal is on the north side of the left protuberance.