Bellingham Washington is located in the northwestern part of the state, about 25 miles south of the Canadian border, and it’s one of the often-overlooked destinations in the area. If you take the time to explore, Washington state has much to offer beyond Seattle, with destinations such as Olympia and Walla Walla having their own appealing features. When it comes to Bellingham, this college town has a long list of attractions. Here visitors will find art, music, restaurants, and good value. If you’re looking for a place that delivers an enthusiastic atmosphere filled with culture, include Bellingham WA in your vacation itinerary. Beyond all of the art and culture, there are also a few annual events and attractions that you might find irresistible.
One of the biggest events of the year in Bellingham Washington is the Bellingham Festival of Music. This annual festival takes place in July, and for more than a decade it has been bringing together the finest orchestras with classical music fans from across the country. This festival also coincides with some of the best weather of the year in Bellingham, allowing for many opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Beyond the Festival of Music, another popular reason travelers visit Bellingham WA is to utilize its location as a base for exploring the area. Beyond the college town itself, there are many local attractions.
Hiking is one of the biggest attractions, with several different directions you can choose to pick your trails. Mt Baker is located to the east, as are North Cascades National Park and the Ross Lake National Recreation area. Other visitors will want to rent a boat in Bellingham Bay to the west. The San Juan Islands are also easily reached from Bellingham. It is rare for a destination to offer the chance to see world-class orchestras one day, and close proximity to a park such as Whatcom Falls Park the next day, where four plunging waterfalls are guaranteed to amaze. Swimming, fishing, and hiking are all popular activities in this park and the Whatcom Creek Gorge. You can even take a day trip to Victoria BC, by driving south and catching the ferry from Anacortes.
If you want to add a little educational flair to your trip, there are a few attractions to check out. A family vacation to Bellingham wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Bellingham Railway Museum or the Mindport Arts and Sciences Museum. If you’re more interested in local history, be sure to explore the Whatcom Museum of History and Art. Beyond these indoor activities, this destination has much to offer all year long. In the summer, festivals and camping at Mt Baker are popular, while in the winter visitors plan trips to ski and snowboard.
Bellingham WA is a gateway for one more popular Washington activity: whale watching. Along this coastline you will find companies offer whale watching expeditions that will grant you access to one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the world. Accommodation here ranges from chain hotels like the Quality Inn and Holiday Inn Express to more charming inns. In addition to the affordable Bellingham hotels, no college town would be complete without affordable restaurants and nightlife too. Visitors can sample local beers at Boundary Bay Brewery or grab items for a picnic lunch at the Bellingham Farmers Market. Leave it to the local college students to give this Washington destination a lively buzz.
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