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COMMUNITIES

Skagit's County's location between Seattle to the south, Vancouver, B.C., to the north, the San Juan Islands to the west and the North Cascade National Park to the east make it a great place to live, work and play.

History & Heritage

Tribes

For thousands of years aboriginal tribes have lived in the Skagit and Samish River valleys, along the coast of the Salish Sea and on its numerous islands.

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Local History

In 1870, the first steamer reached Mount Vernon, bringing settlers; within four years, regular steamer service was available from Seattle.

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Community Profiles

Padilla Bay

Padilla Bay includes a state park, a national estuarine sanctuary and the charming towns of Bow-Edison and Bayview.

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Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon is not only Skagit County’s largest town, it is a gateway to many of the experiences that make the Northwest such a special place.

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Clear Lake / Big Lake

Just over the hills east of Mount Vernon lies a valley with a chain of beautiful lakes.

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Conway & Fir Island

Small and quaint, Conway is the first town that northbound travelers encounter as they enter Skagit County on Interstate 5.

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La Conner

La Conner is the kind of place where people park the car and walk the streets as they enjoy several blocks of antique stores, boutiques, gift shops and restaurants.

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Anacortes

Historic downtown Anacortes offers a selection of good restaurants and an interesting mix of galleries and shops.

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Burlington

Burlington is a mix of old and new, with its historic shopping district and more modern shopping mall and outlet shops that draw shoppers from Seattle and Vancouver, BC.

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Sedro-Woolley

Resilient Sedro-Woolley manages to retain its lumber-era charm while continuing to be a vital center of commerce and recreation.

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Upper Skagit

A scenic drive along State Route 20 includes stops in the historical towns along the Skagit River and recreation destinations in the North Cascades.

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