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BellinghamUnited States of America

Sandwiched between the Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the rolling hills of northern Washington, this thriving city is experiencing a cultural revival.

Just south of the Canadian border, this coastal city began its life as an industrial center. For decades, Bellingham centered upon the timber and coal industries but today most visit the Washington city for its natural beauty and thriving cultural landscape. At just over a century old, Bellingham is a relatively young city but one that’s history is well signposted as you explore its streets. Whether you’re using Bellingham as a launch pad to visit the San Juan Islands or you’re curious about its burgeoning arts and music scenes, there’s plenty to see and do during your stay.

Explore the downtown precinct on foot, bicycle or by bus. Thanks to relatively light traffic, parking is easily found even in the city center, so driving is equally viable. The cultural center of the city is centered upon the downtown precinct and the streets surrounding Western Washington University. A young population keeps things innovative and there are plenty of cultural sites to see. Admire the sculpture collection at the university, which features work by prominent American artists including Richard Serra and Beverly Pepper. Visit the nearby Whatcom Museum of History and Art, the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention and the Pickford Film Center for more cultural activities.

Take a trip through the dramatic landscape surrounding the city to really understand what the state of Washington is about. Perched on the edge of Bellingham Bay you can reach the San Juan Islands in less than an hour, or head east to reach the famous Mount Baker, a glacier-covered volcano that is a haven for skiers and snowboarders.

Bellingham is serviced by an international airport but is also just a short drive from the major cities of Seattle and Vancouver. Accommodations can be found on the waterfront or in the Meridian shopping precinct but those wanting a more rural escape will find holiday apartments and bungalows near Mount Baker and in the rural farmland to the northeast of the city.

Top Hotels in Bellingham

Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center
Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center
3 out of 5
714 Lakeway Dr, Bellingham, WA
The price is CA $113 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 21

Located in the heart of Bellingham, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of iDiOM Theater and Western Washington University. Mount Baker Theatre and Bellingham Railway ...

4.1/5Very Good! (989 reviews)

"Great place we always come back to , the Raw bar has great food and service ."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 20, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham
3.5 out of 5
4260 Mitchell Way, Bellingham, WA
The price is CA $128 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Squalicum Beach and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Bellis Fair Mall. Marine Life Center and Whatcom Museum ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (666 reviews)

"Very clean! Bed was comfortable. Room was nice and big."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 7, 2020

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham
Best Western Plus Bellingham
Best Western Plus Bellingham
3 out of 5
3985 Bennett Dr., Bellingham, WA
The price is CA $112 per night from Nov 26 to Nov 27

Located in the heart of Bellingham, this hotel is 1.8 mi (3 km) from Squalicum Beach and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Bellis Fair Mall. Marine Life Center is 3 mi (4.8 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)

"Location could not have better. Quiet, easy to navigate to a from, and room was located on fourth floor to make it even quieter."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 28, 2020

Best Western Plus Bellingham
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Bellingham

Raintree's Sandcastle
Raintree's Sandcastle
3.5 out of 5
7854 Birch Bay Drive, Blaine, WA
The price is CA $126 per night from Nov 28 to Nov 29

Offering direct access to the beach, this Blaine condominium resort is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Birch Bay State Park and Birch Bay Waterslides. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (159 reviews)
Excellent property and views

"We enjoyed our stay - well stocked and great views"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 1, 2020

Raintree's Sandcastle
Homestead Resort
Homestead Resort
3.5 out of 5
109 E Homestead Blvd, Lynden, WA
The price is CA $131 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18

Situated in Lynden, this golf condo is within 1 mile (2 km) of Homestead Golf & Country Club and Lynden City Park. Lynden Pioneer Museum and Jansen Art Center ...

4/5Very Good! (108 reviews)
Great stay

"Very nice & clean. We had a great time. Well done especially during this time of Covid-19."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 24, 2020

Homestead Resort
Romantic Island GET Away / Redwood Hot tub / Real Wood Fire /pet Friendly
Romantic Island GET Away / Redwood Hot tub / Real Wood Fire /pet Friendly
2965 Dogwood Terrace, Lummi Island, WA

Situated in the mountains, this romantic cabin is 11.3 mi (18.2 km) from Silver Reef Casino and within 20 miles (32 km) of Bellis Fair Mall and Squalicum Beach. ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (135 reviews)
Lovely island home!

"This was our second visit here and we loved it just as much as the first time! The hot tub is fantastic, the fireplace is cozy, and the decor is relaxing. I absolutely recommend staying here for a relaxing getaway!"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 20, 2020

Romantic Island GET Away / Redwood Hot tub / Real Wood Fire /pet Friendly
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top things to do in Bellingham

Reviews of Bellingham

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Top Destination

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3 - Okay 9.813084112149532%
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5/5 - Excellent

PeterC

Mar 10, 2020

Will stay here again if travelling out of BLI again.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 22, 2020

It was close to where we live in Abbotsford so it isn't a long drive.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 5, 2020

I was at St. Joseph’s Hospital where my Dad had heart surgery. The hospital experience has been excellent. My Dad and I were very impressed with the staff and the service. We would definitely recommend this hospital. I love Bellingham!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jan 7, 2020

Downtown is great with the antique stores, eateries, breweries, and comic shop.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 30, 2019

I go to Bellingham frequently. It's a nice small US city with most things I am looking for but for the real excitement with all of the shopping and restaurant options, I go to Seattle.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

Dec 1, 2019

convenient location to all amenities.

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