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Bellingham

Travel Guide
Bellingham featuring 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

GuestHouse Bellingham
GuestHouse Bellingham
2.5 out of 5
805 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham, WA
The price is £58 per night from 10 Aug to 10 Aug
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 ...
3.9/5Good! (975 reviews)
"The room was nice and clean. The staff was very good and helpful."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

GuestHouse 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
The price is £102 per night from 23 Aug to 23 Aug
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Squalicum Beach and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Bellis Fair Mall. Marine Life Center and Whatcom Museum ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (775 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable, easy access. Look forward to another stay at IHG"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham, an IHG Hotel
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 £135 per night from 31 Aug to 31 Aug
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! (981 reviews)
"Enjoyed out stay. Beds comfy and staff very nice"

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2021

Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center
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.
Homestead Resort
Homestead Resort
3.5 out of 5
109 E Homestead Blvd, Lynden, WA
The price is £115 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
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! (135 reviews)
Beautiful location
"Beautiful location and condo. My only issue and it's minor....why when we paid good money for this condo do we have to take out the trash? I understand running the dishwasher but the trash confuses me."

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2021

Homestead Resort
Home2 Suites by Hilton Bellingham Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Bellingham Airport
2.5 out of 5
805 Home Lane, Bellingham, WA
The price is £135 per night from 22 Aug to 22 Aug
Located in Guide Meridian, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Bellis Fair Mall, Squalicum Beach and Marine Life Center. Whatcom Museum and Mindport ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (331 reviews)
"The pool and the fire pit."

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Bellingham Airport
Raintree's Sandcastle
Raintree's Sandcastle
3.5 out of 5
7854 Birch Bay Drive, Blaine, WA
Offering direct access to the beach, this Blaine aparthotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Birch Bay State Park and Birch Bay Waterslides. ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (207 reviews)
College Bound
"Our daughter got accepted to Western and we wanted to come and tour the area! We were so glad we got to introduce her to Birch Bay. Your location was perfect!!! Was a bit hot in our room but realize the temperatures were unusual!"

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2021

Raintree's Sandcastle
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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