Bellingham

Travel Guide
Bellingham showing snow, a lake or waterhole and mountains

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.

Where to stay in Bellingham

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bellingham
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bellingham
2.5 out of 5
1063 W. Bakerview Road, Bellingham, WA, 98226
The price is CA $161 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Bellingham. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (964 reviews)
"No recycling/composting. Slow wifi internet services."

Reviewed on May 14, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Bellingham
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4260 Mitchell Way, Bellingham, WA, 98226
The price is CA $171 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Bellingham. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (976 reviews)
"Nice, clean property, helpful staff."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham, an IHG Hotel
Oxford Suites Bellingham
Oxford Suites Bellingham
3 out of 5
4051 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA, 98226
The price is CA $198 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Bellingham. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (979 reviews)
"Even though I stayed here one night, it was by far one of the best hotels I have stayed in. I was amazed at how clean and spacious the rooms were. I will be adding Oxford Suites onto my list!"

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Oxford Suites 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.
A place to recharge and unwind and play with goats
A place to recharge and unwind and play with goats
Bellingham, WA
The price is CA $128 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this apartment in Bellingham. Enjoy breakfast, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Hovander Homestead Park and Silver Reef Casino are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Very nice stay. All we needed.
"Very clean and totally satisfactory. Glad for the opportunity to be off grid from the corporate hotel/motel scene."

Reviewed on Apr. 29, 2022

A place to recharge and unwind and play with goats
New Home in Sudden Valley
New Home in Sudden Valley
Bellingham, WA
The price is CA $449 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Bellingham. Enjoy WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Snowy Holiday
"Beautiful home with lake views!"

Reviewed on Jan. 12, 2022

New Home in Sudden Valley
Secret passage to the San Juan Islands.  Very quiet spot on a short, rural road.
Secret passage to the San Juan Islands. Very quiet spot on a short, rural road.
Bellingham, WA
Stay at this family-friendly cabin in Bellingham. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (77 reviews)
Beach Escape
"We enjoyed our city getaway to beach time. The cabin was clean, cozy with a well stocked kitchen.We enjoyed our time walking on the beach, and hanging out. Portage Island (know the tides), picking up fresh fish from Barlean's, and a trip to Lummi Island were nice ways to explore the area. The island ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 27, 2022

Secret passage to the San Juan Islands. Very quiet spot on a short, rural road.
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.

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