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Vancouver Things to Do

  • VANCOUVER BARRACKS POST HOSPITAL

    The Post Hospital dates back to the early part of the 20th century. There are questions about its future. It sits with its back to the busy I-5, quiet now. The Veterans Administration has a much larger medical complex about a mile to the north from here and there is no need for an expensive retrofit. For now the hospital survives.

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  • CLARK COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL AND NEZ...

    A small memorial plaza just off the main post road is devoted to the men of Clark County who died fighting in the service of the country. It is not unlike the thousands of such monuments to be found the World over. The names stretch on over both sides of the monument. They keep going from one conflict to the next.Next to the monument is a bench. On...

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  • VANCOUVER BARRACKS POST BUILDINGS

    The old post still has a good number of buildings that date back into the periods when the fort was active. Many of the buildings have been sealed up for now. Their are plans afoot to revitalize the buildings and bring new life and function to them. Many of the buildings on the west side of the post have already been revitalized. There is both...

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  • VANCOUVER BARRACKS PARADE GROUND

    The wide expanse of grass between the Officers' Row to the north and the McClellan Barracks and the Post Headquarters on the south is the form Parade Ground. Here, soldiers would march and train. There is a bandstand still sitting in the grass nearby the Grant House. A different time. Today, the grass grows green and serves as a huge park to wander...

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  • PEARSON AIR MUSEUM - SPRUCE SQUADRONS

    When the U.S. entered into WW I the country was woefully unready. The air component was essentially a no show. In order to build up the country's air arm and to provide raw materials for the Allies air forces, a large factory complex was built here on the site that is now Pearson Air Field and the old Hudson's Bay Company fort which was dedicated...

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  • PEARSON AIRFIELD - CHKALOV MONUMENT

    Charles Lindberg is the most famous American flyer of the interwar era. The most famous Russian pilot was probably Valery Chkalov who in 1937 flew a massive ANT-25 aircraft - single engine with over 2,000 gallons of fuel and 112 foot wingspan - over the North Pole from Moscow. He was en route to Oakland, California, but a drop in oil pressure...

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  • PEARSON AIR FIELD

    Lieutenant Alexander Pearson was a local aviator who died in an air race in the early 1920's. he was a graduate of the University of Oregon and had attended high school in Vancouver. He was one of the finest pilots of the Army Air Corps in the era just after WW I. The airfield here next to Fort Vancouver dates to before that war. The old hangars...

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  • COUNTING HOUSE - HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY...

    The Counting House was the financial headquarters for the affairs of the Hudson's Bay Company here at Fort Vancouver. Profits had to be accounted for and it was here they were done so. The Company was not here just for the purpose of raising the Union Jack. It was here for the beaver pelts. The Big House was to awe and the Counting House was to...

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  • BIG HOUSE - HUDSON'S BAY POST

    The Big House was constructed to awe the natives and to project the power of the Hudson's Bay Company. Cannons were placed in front for similar purposes. %L[]John McLoughlin was the Chief Factor for the company for much of the period that the company was here. He was easily the most important Company man of the era. You can go inside and see some...

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Vancouver Restaurants

  • Things are hopping at ihop

    I've never had any issues with any IHOP that I've ever visited. The restaurant in Vancouver was clean and had courteous help. They were running through customers quickly enough so that the wait wasn't long despite cars parking on the street because their parking lot was full. French toast... ;)

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  • Casual Yet Elegant Dining

    Hudson's is a very nice restaurant in the Heathman Lodge. I experienced breakfast, dinner and room service. The bar is nice. On some evenings you can listen to piano music while enjoying a glass of wine. If busy, dinner can be somewhat noisy. There are two tables near the fire place which are considered romantic by some. I stay away because that...

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  • Fresh beef burgers and hand cut fries

    This is a great place for fresh not frozen burgers and hand cut fries. They cook everything when you order it which is always a plus. When you order you tell them what you would like on your burger and they add it for free. I always go for the grilled mushrooms and grilled onions. If you order a Hamburger it is 2 beef patties and a Little Hamburger...

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  • Stunned by fried chicken!

    One of the major parts of every one of our trips is to search for great restaurants. Not just high end or food you've never seen or heard of before, but stand head and shoulders above other restaurants with similar fare or theme restaurants. I was stunned by Bill's. It is a small, regular guy, middle aged waitresses, unassuming decor with booths,...

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  • Happiest Happy Hour in town

    The food here is Pacific NW gourmet - local, in-season flavors (salmon, beef, mixed greens, berries). Portions are sized just right, leaving room for a delectable, seasonal dessert (pumpkin fritters in fall, raspberry cheesecake in summer, etc). The decor is sleek metal and smooth darker wood but not cold; the lighting is amber so it's warm, never...

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  • Funky & Filling Pizza

    We were privy to the original shop in Hillsboro and the next one in Forest Grove when we lived in Oregon - the story goes that the owner told his dad he wanted to open a great pizzeria to which the dad replied, "Pizza schmizza, why don't you get a real job?" And here we are, lucky to find them following us around the NW :)The pies are huge, with a...

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    Vinotopia/Cinetopia: Luxurious Dinner + Movie

    by truesally Written Jan 2, 2006

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    Make a night at the movies more interesting by having your dinner in the Living Room theater before a film, while listening to live music. The theater is arranged into individual seating areas as well as pillow pits, making for a more cozy movie-viewing experience.

    Waiters take orders until 10 minutes before the movie start-time. The food is tapas-style, with a delectable variety ranging from seafood to steak to vegetarian creations, along with tasty cheese & fruit plates. If you're somehow still hungry, the concessions offer funky fare like pizza, pastries, espresso, & popcorn with gourmet toppings.

    You can choose to eat in the dining room before retiring to the Living Room theater and take advantage of the wine bar. Their selection is vast, and the wine bar, Vinotopia, has an innovative system for wine tasting. Each patron can get a personal 'wine card' to use for their choices.

    It's a pricey evening, but definitely a different experience and worth the occasional splurge.

    Dress Code: We're Pacific Northwesterners, so dressy means GAP-wear and that is perfectly appropriate at Cinetopia.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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Vancouver Transportation

  • Public Transit Exists, but Not...

    It is possible to get around in Vancouver, Washington by public transit, but transportation services aren't quite as good as they once were. Among other things, TriMet bus route #5 from downtown Portland has stopped operating, so there are no options of getting to downtown Vancouver using TriMet any more.Bus services in the Vancouver area are...

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  • Amtrak Service Several Times per Day

    The Vancouver Train Station is not some huge, spectacular edifice that great gobs of people flock to see. It is an older style wooden station, though it certainly has a charm much different than the huge marble, stone and brick edifices found in the larger cities.However, all trains that serve Portland, Oregon also serve the Vancouver, Washington...

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  • Summer Construction to Avoid

    Avoid traveling through the interection of SR 500 and 112th st or Gher Road, they are making a bridge for 500 to go over this intersection. You would be best off using Fourth Plain Blvd. To get to Gher road, or if you need 112th take a left on 121st, another left at NE49th St, and then a right at 112th. Construction has not yet started check the...

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Vancouver Shopping

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    Westfeild Shopping Center: At the Mall

    by astier Written Mar 20, 2003

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    Play area for Children.
    Westfield Shoppingtown Vancouver presents

    Meier & Frank, Mervyn's, Nordstrom, JCPenney and Sears

    Old Navy, Gap, ect.

    140 specialty stores (approximately)

    5200 car parking spaces (approximately)

    Food Court

    What to buy: Make sure to check out the Thomas Kincade Art Gallery.

    What to pay: Be cheap and just window shop or blow it all! Remember to let them know you are out of state so you dont pay Sales Tax!

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Vancouver Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't Get Shot!!

    Vancouver Lake Park and the nearby connected wildlife refuge are great places, but keep in mind that the wildlife refuge is a popular place for hunters during certain times of the year. If you go out there, be sure to wear some bright clothing or some other item that can be visible. Don't go down some narrow little trail through the brush where...

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  • Boredom!

    I have lived in Vancouver for about 13 years of my life and I know the only warning you need is, DON'T GO THERE! I have already walked down that path and I want to save some people from making the same mistake I did. So if you find yourself in a car bound for Vancouver, Jump Out!

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Vancouver What to Pack

  • Pacific Northwest - Not Always Rainy...

    An umbrella would be smart, but a jacket with a hood will work perfectly well. Sweaters year-round, decent sneakers, sandals for summertime (last part of July/first of August). Here, dressy typically means GAP-wear and casual says "I Was Cleaning My Garage Today;" we're pretty low-key people. If a place wants you to wear a tie, they'll say so up...

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  • It's rainingin Winter, Its perfect in...

    This is up to you, however in the northwest we like to pack light, minimal load full of maximum function. WINTER, FALL: Rain gear, Umbrella, pants, sweaters (not to burly), stick with tennis shoes or other protective foot gear, in sandals you'll be wet and cold. SPRING: Yuu can lighten the heaviness of the clothes but be prepared for rain....

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

  • LUCIA AND MOULTON FALLS

    Some 325 acres of old growth forest have been set aside along the East Fork of the Lewis River in eastern Clark County. The area is well known to locals, so much that parking on warm summer weekends - or any sunny weekend - can be very difficult. While the park is almost contiguous, there are some 2.5 miles separating the two falls, with Lucia...

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  • SUNSET FALLS

    If you make it all the way to Moulton Falls, you can drive 7.5 miles further east up Sunset Falls Road which intersects with the Lucia Falls Road just after it turns north towards Yacolt after passing by Moulton Falls. You have left Clark County by the time you reach the falls, just getting into western Skamania County. The falls is about 18 feet...

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  • Ilchee: Native American Woman Tribal...

    Located along the Vancouver riverfront trail, this statue is somewhat hidden by a condominium building and tall bushes and grasses. She was a leader of the people living along the Columbia River in this area approximately in 1800, but unfortunately there is not a large amount of information available about her. There are some who think that she was...

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Vancouver Favorites

  • Pearson Aviation Museum - (it...

    Pearson Aviation Museum - (it is right next to the Fort). This museum has a lot of vintage aircraft and interesting history on aviation in the Portland/Vancouver area.

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  • Officer's Row at the Vancouver...

    Officer's Row at the Vancouver Barracks is very interesting if you like Victorian architecture. These were homes built for the officers base in Vancouver during the last part of the 19th century. Some of them are offices now and you can only walk around the outside but one is a restaurant and another has a function room and gift shop. The barracks...

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