UPDATE: I-5 Bridge Collapse Between Mount Vernon and Burlington
If you are heading to La Conner from Seattle, you will be exiting south of the I-5 closure at exit 221. If you are coming from Vancouver BC, take exit 231 (see below) which is north of the closure.
Near Seattle and Vancouver … and easy to get to!
Like most small towns, La Conner is a little off the beaten path – but absolutely worth the short drive through the gorgeous Skagit Valley. We’re considered one of the best getaway destinations near Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. and have some of Washington State’s most romantic hotels and Bed and Breakfast Inns.
If you’re traveling from the south (Seattle area):
Follow I-5 north to Conway and take Exit 221 to La Conner. Turn left at the stop sign after the exit ramp, cross over I-5, then turn right at the gas stations. Follow the signs to La Conner. This route twists and turns a little but will bring you right into the town of La Conner and Morris Street. The La Conner Visitor Information Center is located at 511-C Morris Street, which is in the second block of Morris Street (after the roundabout) and on your right.
If you’re traveling from the north (Vancouver):
I-5 Bridge Collapse Alternative Exit From the North
Take exit 231 (Highway 11 – Chuckanut Drive), the Josh Wilson Road exit. At the roundabout head west on Josh Wilson, turn left on Farm-to-Market Road, head south on Farm-to-Market Road, turn right on State Route 20. There are highway signs directing you to turn left at the stoplight at La Conner-Whitney Road – the best landmark for this turn is Farmhouse Restaurant, on your left. Follow La Conner-Whitney Road going south until you reach the roundabout that leads into La Conner.
This route is open also but may have traffic congestion from detours:
Follow I-5 south and take Exit 230 at Burlington, then turn left at the stoplight heading toward Anacortes on WA-20 W. There are highway signs directing you to turn left at the stoplight at La Conner-Whitney Road – the best landmark for this turn is Farmhouse Restaurant, on your left. Follow La Conner-Whitney Road going south until you reach the roundabout that leads into La Conner.
If you are not traveling to La Conner in your own vehicle or on a tour bus, here are some alternatives. Each puts you in (or near) Mount Vernon where you can then rent a vehicle and take the short 20-minute scenic drive west to La Conner.
Bellingham International Airport: »View Site
Seattle (SeaTac) International Airport: »View Site
San Juan Airline (Anacortes to San Juan Islands, Boeing Field and charters): »View Site
If you’re traveling by private boat, La Conner sits mid-point in the Swinomish Channel just to the east of Whidbey Island and Deception Pass Bridge. You can enter the Swinomish Channel either from the south (Oak Harbor / Skagit Bay) or the north (Anacortes / Padilla Bay). Experienced boaters highly recommend that for a safe and enjoyable trip through the channel, use your charts for navigation and closely watch the daily tide fluctuations. There are many mud flats that every year cause havoc for unsuspecting boaters. Docks are provided by the Town of La Conner and the Port of Skagit County’s La Conner Marina. There is a fuel station and pump-out station, as well as marine supplies and experienced mechanics. La Conner is a perfect overnight stay – with options for shopping, dining and re-provisioning. »Visit Port of Skagit/La Conner Marina
Amtrak train services runs daily between Seattle and Vancouver B.C., with stops in Everett, Mount Vernon and Bellingham. Riding Amtrak is an easy way to travel and offers some of Northwest Washington’s most scenic vistas. »Visit Amtrak
If you’d like to take in more of our scenic beauty, the Washington State Ferry departs from Anacortes and takes passengers to San Juan Islands and Sidney, B.C. Call (888) 808-7977 or (206) 464-6400 for more information or to make reservations for the International run to Sidney, B.C. »Visit Washington State Ferry website
Skagit Transit (SKAT) has more than 13 routes that link Bellingham (Bellingham Connector) and Everett (Everett Express). Info: (360) 757-4433. »Visit Skagit Transit
Greyhound: Departs from the Skagit Station four times a day to downtown Seattle, including options to Bellingham and Vancouver, B.C. Call Skagit Transit for more information: 360/757-4433. »Visit Greyhound website
Professional passenger and charter services are available to transport passengers to and from SeaTac Airport, the Washington State Ferry dock in Anacortes and several other destinations. Call (866) 235-5247 or (360) 380-8800. »Visit Airporter Shuttle website
Most types and styles of vehicles are available in the Skagit Valley region, from economy cars to 15-passenger vans. It is 80 miles from La Conner to SeaTac Airport and 40 miles to the Bellingham International Airport.
Avis Rent-A-Car: (360) 757-0365 in Burlington
Enterprise Rent-A-Car: (800) 736-8222 in Anacortes and Burlington
Hertz Rent-a-Car: 360-848-8603
Yellow Cab and Skagit Taxi: Local 360/424-8294 or 800/281-5430.
Canadian Border Information:
Here’s a link to information about traveling between the U.S. and Canadian borders.
Other Maps for La Conner