15 Most Charming Small Towns in Washington

1. Anacortes

Officially becoming a town in 1891, Anacortes is set on Fidalgo Island in Skagit County.  

2. Bainbridge Island

The beautiful Bainbridge Island has found fame in recent years as being the setting for scenes from the hit American TV series Grey’s Anatomy.

3. North Bend

The beautifully picturesque North Bend is dominated by the imposing figure of Mount Si.  

4. Coupeville

Located on Whidbey Island, Coupeville sits on the south shore of Penn Cove and is the second oldest town in Washington.

5. Roslyn

The Brick Tavern opened in the 1880s and is still going strong. This is the oldest tavern in continuous operation in the state of Washington. 

6. Gig Harbor

The small waterfront town of Gig Harbor stretches for just a mile along a bay near Puget Sound. 

7. Sequim

Featuring a unique climate, Sequim is famous for its lavender production, with the title of the “Lavender Capital of North America.”

8. Snohomish

The town of Snohomish was founded on the banks of the Snohomish River by early Washington settler E.C. Ferguson in around 1858. 

9. Poulsbo

This small town in Kitsap County is famous for its bread – named Poulsbo Bread, inspired by a passage in the bible.  

10. Langley

The small, quaint town of Langley is located on Whidbey Island and covers a mere 0.8 square miles. 

11. Leavenworth

Leavenworth began life as a logging town, boasting the second largest sawmill in Washington by 1903. 

12. Port Townsend

Port Townsend is set on the very tip of the Olympic Peninsula and boasts a number of Victorian-era buildings. 

13. Winthrop

The history of gold and the people who settled here trying to get rich from it is documented at the historic Shafer Museum. 

14. Ellensburg

Art is big here, as evidenced by galleries from the Clymer Museum of Art – complete with Western-themed paintings – and the decidedly more modern 420 LOFT Art Gallery. 

15. La Conner

This small town also hosts many events featured in the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, too.

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