As Skagit Counties largest city, Mount Vernon, Washington is the perfect combination of rural suburbia. Featuring all the amenities of a large city, but with the convenience and feel of a small town. Perfectly positioned between the two, major Northwest cities of Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia, the city of Mount Vernon was once voted the #1 Best Small City in America.
Located just off the I-5 corridor, a quick 60-mile drive south gets you to the bustling city or an easy hour and a half trek north and you’ll find yourself across the border. Traveling by bus or train is just as convenient.
With the Valley’s abundance of mountains, parks and a wide-range of opportunities to explore the breathtaking outdoors, the area is a great place for tourism and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Those visiting can enjoy the natural beauty of the area at one of our many parks from the Skagit Playfields at the college to Little Mountain Park that overlooks the entire Skagit Valley. Visitors looking to hit the mountain can venture a little farther north and find themselves riding the slopes at the Mount Baker Ski area.
With truly something for everyone; you can enjoy shopping at one of our small shops or grabbing a bite to eat while walking around downtown. And for those looking for some evening entertainment catching a show at the Historic Lincoln Theater or the fabulous McIntyre Hall is always a special treat! Signature events such as the Annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and the Highland Games not only draw large crowds from all over the state but fascinate people from around the globe to travel to our beautiful area.
In the coming years residents and visitors can look forward to a completion of the revitalization of our downtown area as the permanent flood walls are finished. Not only will this project provide for ample flood protection but it will help to boost and transform our downtown area by increasing public access and adding such features as a riverwalk trail and an advantageous promenade right alongside the Mighty Skagit River. Thus enhancing the downtown appeal and embracing the waterfront beauty that we are so fortunate to be located right next to.
Those looking to further their education can find several opportunities here in Mount Vernon as well, as it is home to both Skagit Valley College and the Northwest Career & Technical Academy; where local high school and college students can get incredible hands-on experience and instruction in a variety of vocational fields.
Regardless of the time of year, Mount Vernon offers a great place for all, full of friendly residents, outdoor adventure and natural beauty all year long. So whether you are planning to visit or join us in calling this wonderful place home; we hope you will visit us here in Mount Vernon soon!