Bellingham

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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

MorningGlory Inn & Suites
MorningGlory Inn & Suites
2.5 out of 5
3750 Meridian Street, Bellingham, WA, 98225
The price is CA $166 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12
Stay at this hotel in Bellingham. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.9/5 Good! (596 reviews)

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2022

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 $209 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28
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! (1,001 reviews)
"Really enjoyed our stay, nice having a restaurant in the hotel. Room was spacious and well equipped. Look forward to the next visit."

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2022

Holiday Inn Express Bellingham, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Bellingham, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
4160 Guide Meridian St, Bellingham, WA, 98226
The price is CA $184 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 25
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Bellingham. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (997 reviews)
"I enjoyed the breakfast. There were a lot of options, gourmet muffins, eggs, bacon & sausage. The property was clean and we even had someone come in and make our bed. I would highly recommend this place and plan to come back in the future. Thank you!"

Reviewed on Sep. 26, 2022

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1-Bedroom by the bay
1-Bedroom by the bay
Bellingham, WA
Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Clark Island State Park and Bellingham Cruise Terminal are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
Best Views of Lake Whatcom and the Sudden Valley Golf Course.
Best Views of Lake Whatcom and the Sudden Valley Golf Course.
Bellingham, WA
Stay at this golf vacation home in Bellingham. Enjoy WiFi, a spa tub, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the comfy rooms and the family amenities in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Fantastic retreat!
"We loved our stay here. Great views and very relaxing. Working with Nicole was super easy and we’d recommend staying here again."

Reviewed on Aug. 16, 2022

3-bedroom by the bay
3-bedroom by the bay
Bellingham, WA
Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Clark Island State Park and Bellingham Cruise Terminal are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
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