Bellingham Travel Guide

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Bellingham Things to Do

  • Whatcom Falls Park

    While the waterfall here certainly isn't huge, it is located in a preserved second growth forest that is extremely popular with the local residents due to the hiking trails and other recreational opportunities here. There are picnic shelters, a fish hatchery, a pond with a trail around it, and fairly decent sized forest.The city park web site...

  • Visiting the Big Rock Garden

    A unique 2.5 acre garden in the middle of a neighborhood, where nature and art are blended into the environment. A city park which displays and showcases prominent local and worldly artists that have designed more than a total of 30+ sculptures, paintings, and benches, that either are for sell, donated to the city in memory of a past loved one, or...

  • University Galleries

    Western Washington University has 3 galleries on campus. The main one is the Western Gallery, connected to the art building. This showcases "temporary exhibitions featuring contemporary, interdisciplinary themes." In the Viking Union building there is the VU Gallery, a student curated space that displays both regional and international artists....


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Bellingham Restaurants

  • Excellent Mexican

    Since we live a short drive from the U.S. border, we often head down to the Bellingham area to do some shopping. We have spotted Mi Mexico on numerous occasions and in September of 2014 we finally decided to stop in for dinner on our way down to Sea-Tac airport. The staff was friendly when they greeted us and we were seated quickly in a nice comfy...

  • A Bit of Food, But Mostly Come for the...

    As the name implies, you can look out one of the windows at the facility across the driveway and see the beer being made right there in the brewery. The beer brewed here has won a few awards over the years. However, the food served here is also part of the attraction.Check the specials board for whatever happens to be on special.Since eating here,...

  • Best Pot Pie in Town!

    The Colophon in Fairhaven serves delicious hearty simple food, with a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Sandwiches, soups, quiches and more. Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. They have an ice cream counter and cafe upstairs where you can order anything off the menu and bus your own table, or go downstairs to be served in the restaurant. Great...


Bellingham Nightlife

  • Classical Old Theatre Lives On

    Named after the North Cascades peak that dominates the views of the mountains from this part of Washington, the Mount Baker Theatre is a classical theatre that is now the largest of its type north of Seattle in the USA. The events taking place here are usually all manner of performing arts, from dance to comedians to plays to music of various...

  • You're either there, or you're not

    A night in Bellingham isn't complete unless you stop by the World Famous Up & Up Tavern. Enjoy for its unique decor, unique bartenders, or simply for the incredibly cheap beer. Thursday nights are the popular night, but good times are always happening at the Up.

  • Best Blues jam in the Pacific Northwest

    The Wild Buffalo is the place to go for blues in this part of the state. Many famous and not so famous acts come through here. There are live blues jams and open mics every week. The cover charges are usually pretty cheap and the music can't be beaten. Gotta check this place out if you like the low down dirty blues. Anything.


Bellingham Transportation

  • Seattle to Bellingham using Cheap Buses

    Local TransitIf you really need to get from Seattle to Bellingham on a budget, it is possible to do so using express routes between several cities. The connections only work several times a day, but the resulting price is fairly cheap.Prices are cash prices in June of 2013 fares:From downtown Seattle, you want bus route 510 to Everett: $3.50From...

  • Getting Around Without a Car

    Getting around in Bellingham by public transit isn't too bad. Whatcom Transit operates a number of bus routes that serve the core of the city and certain nearby communities, with some bus routes operating even on Sundays and some service late at night. Several core bus routes operate every 15 minutes during weekdays. Route 401 connect the Amtrak...




Bellingham Shopping

  • Need a Book for a Rainy Day?

    For a small town book store, this is fairly impressive. They have a reasonable selection of used and slightly used books, and the stacks and stacks go way back into the depths of the store. Prices are reasonable. The science fiction section is quite nice and is most likely from surplus Western Washington University students reading.

  • Mall Hater?

    Winner of Best Women's Clothing Shop 2004, Sojourn is a sweet litlle shop that offers unique clothes from labels that fit in a style that I would compare to Anthropologie. They also have a great selection of postcards (sorry not touristy Bellingham postcards, just artsy funny ones). Their inventory is always changing, so there are always new...

  • Bellingham's famous shopping mall

    Bellis Fair is a shopping mall located off of 1-5 about a 15 minute drive south of the border. It's actually a mall with a large Canadian customer base, as its close proximity to Canada means that many Canadians will drive down and shop there when exchange rates are favourable as merchandise is often cheaper and it willOf course, when exchange...


Bellingham Local Customs

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    If you're visiting Western Washington University and happen to pass thru Haskell's Plaza, which is set up to look like the San Juan Island's, you will see several little green men and women statues around. Some might be sunning themselves, or carrying rocks. It's Western's student tradition to rub their heads or tickle their chins for good luck during finals week.

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Bellingham Warnings and Dangers

  • First Class Hospital Facilities

    Don't worry if you do become injured in Bellingham. St. Joseph Hospital is a 1st class facility. In fact, it's currently under remodel with 3 phases under construction currently.

  • Travel to Canada

    One might be tempted to drop into canada.. since it is so close to bellingham in fact vancouver bc is closer to bellingham than seattle.. getting into canada is no problem but the return journey might take you longer with the newly applied security measures. but if you are coming from vancouver to bellingham there is an airport shuttle bus which...

  • deceptive weather

    If you happen to visit Bellingham on a sunny day, you will most likely be blown away by it's beauty and cheeriness. But if this is an influential factor on you wanting to move here, beware that western washington weather tends to be cloudy and gray from fall until the middle of spring. It's not actually as rainy out here as the stereotyping...


Bellingham Tourist Traps

  • Tulip Festival

    My family went to the tulip festival in Skagit Valley every year when I was little. It is a beautiful adventure, but has become increasingly crowded with each year, making traffic a big issue. If you are traveling with children, this can wreak havoc on their patience and yours, when it should be a happy experience. There are a few things you can...

  • Canada Border Crossing

    Not much to describe except that if you're in Bellingham and decide to visit Vancouver, depending on the day and time, you might hit lines at the border crossing. Usually it should be less than 30 minutes, but there can be crazy days that take hours though I've never experienced that. Summer months are supposedly the heaviest. Please, have all...

  • Tourist trap in the middle of nowhere

    I believe that any casino is a tourist trap. Right when you pull in the parking lot they've got cameras on you, to figure out the best way to take your money. It's true. But I still love casinos & I love to gamble. Thankfully I only love to gamble every now & then. The Lummi Nation casino is right in the middle of nowhere. All I remember on...


Bellingham What to Pack

  • Everything but the Kitchen Sink

    If you're not a native Washingtonian, you may not be prepared for the erratic weather changes here. Most Bellingham natives can survive with a good pair of Tevas, some carharrts and a t-shirt, but you may need more. Of course it depends on when you're coming, but try packing a little of everything. Long pants, shorts, sandals, shoes, hiking...

  • Yoou need your camera here!!

    Dont forget to bring your camera, with your tripod, flash, and extra batteries......Bellingham, has some great scenary!!You will definately need more film, or digital media!!!

  • Packing List

    Waterproof layers. Goretex is great rubber will do fine, cotton is rotten. It rains. Get used to it. Embrace it and you will have a splendid time. Nikon, baby. Bellingham has two custom labs downtown. Both Quicksilver and Spinnaker will do BW and Color. Quicksilver does 120 for sure, and Spinnaker probably does. The best one hour lab is KIng...


Bellingham Off The Beaten Path

  • Tide Pools

    Bellingham has several great spots for tide pool explorers. Teddy Bear Cove is a 2 mile roundtrip walk from the North Chuckanut Mountain trailhead. Look for squirts from geoduck clams, but avoid eating any creatures you find, as Fish and Wildlife advises all shellfish are not fit for consumption. Larrabee State Park is home to anemones, nudibranchs...

  • Whatcom Falls Park -Forest in the middle...

    Large park (209 acres) in the middle of the city, we have a few of those, with Whatcom Creek running through it. The city's water plant is here, as is a State of Washington fish hatchery. Bordered by Bayview Cemetary, Lakway Dr, Alabama Hill neighborhood, and Electric Ave. Lots of trails that locals use. Lots of dog walkers, bikers, in the summer...

  • marine touch tank

    Bellingham has a very tiny public aquarium/touch tank. Marine Life Center at the Squalicum Harbor Center is a one room aquarium space, great for kids and animal lovers. 1801 Roeder Ave. Free, but donations are greatly appreciated.


Bellingham Sports & Outdoors

  • Whitewater River Rafting

    Northwest Washington offers some of the best whitewater river rafting in the Country. There are many free-flowing rivers that offer anything from scenic floats to some of the steepest and most exciting rivers you can find. I've been rafting and kayaking for a long time, and find it to be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Its a great...

  • Scuba Diving

    Bellingham is a great place to learn to scuba dive, with 3 different dive shops to choose from. WWU has a dive club if you are a student and want a group to go explore the deep blue waters of the bay.

  • Disc Golf, yay!

    Bellingham has a disc golf course at Cornwall Park on Guide Meridian. Lots of trees and shade. I believe there are 9 holes. Tee Type is Brick. PDGA describes it as "short but challenging, through thick forest." You can purchase golf discs locally at several places, including Frank's Pawn Shop on Railroad downtown, Cosmic Comics on Cornwall, and BC...


Bellingham Favorites

  • Quirky Wall Art Reveals a Quirky Town

    Bellingham has always been one of my favorite small cities in Washington State -- mainly because of its population of artists and university students, a century-old somewhat decadent downtown, and a gentrified historic district. Some of this quirkiness is seen in its public wall art -- and here are a few examples from the downtown area, which...

  • Things to do in a day, downtown

    Here is a walking tour of several blocks of downtown Bellingham. First go to Old Town Cafe on Holly for breakfast. When you're done, step outside and peruse the aisles of assorted vintage items at nearby Antique shops. Then head to Mindport, also on Holly, for a fun gallery experience. Other shops on Holly that you can wander to are Blue Moon -...

  • Saunter along the waterfront...

    Saunter along the waterfront from downtown's industrial playgrounds into gentrified Fairhaven to watch the sun melt into the bay while throwing rocks into the periwinkle waters. An empty fifth of whiskey makes a good target for you and your good friend. Youth. Give me youth.


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