Vancouver

Travel Guide
Officers Row featuring heritage architecture and a house

Enjoy important historic sites, a thriving arts scene and outdoor adventures in Vancouver, a city nestled under Washington’s stunning mountains.

Vancouver, in Southwest Washington, is often unfairly overlooked, overshadowed by Portland to the south and by the more famous Canadian metropolis of the same name. The lively and historic city is, however, worthy of attention. Discover old forts, public parks and a thriving arts scene and head out into the volcanic landscape that surrounds the city.

Learn about the history of this city, which was established in 1825 by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Explore Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to learn about the city’s origins as a fur trading outpost. The site includes a reconstructed fort, gardens and working trade houses.

The fort is located in Vancouver National Historic Reserve, a scenic swath of parkland that includes other museums and attractions. Trace the history of aviation in the Pearson Air Museum, which houses a wide selection of vintage planes. Step inside 19th-century homes in Officers’ Row, a collection of buildings that once served as residences for military personnel.

Relax at an open-air concert in Esther Short Park. This historic city square, established in 1853, contains water features and flowerbeds and is a quiet place to unwind. Admire a bronze statue known as the Pioneer Mother and let the children have fun in the playground.

Taste local produce at the farmers markets and microbreweries across the city. Head outside of downtown Vancouver to reach the wineries of Clark County.

On the first Friday of each month, the city of Vancouver hosts an art walk. Join locals as they stroll around some of the city’s galleries and public artworks.

Drive out of the city to see Southwest Washington’s spectacular scenery. Energetic visitors can hike up the dormant volcano of Mount St. Helens or canoe along the Columbia River.

Take a flight to Portland International Airport, which is just across the river from Vancouver. C-Tran buses run throughout downtown Vancouver and also offer services into the rest of Clark County. Summer here promises the driest weather, as well as lively county fairs and free concerts in the park.

Where to stay in Vancouver

Motel 6 Vancouver, WA
Motel 6 Vancouver, WA
2 out of 5
221 Northeast Chkalov Drive, Vancouver, WA
The price is £70 per night from 10 Dec to 10 Dec
Situated in the business district, this motel is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Columbia River and within 6 miles (10 km) of Vancouver Mall and Cascade Station. Jantzen ...
3.1/5 (769 reviews)
"Easy access to the freeways."

Reviewed on 9 Nov 2021

Motel 6 Vancouver, WA
Heathman Lodge
Heathman Lodge
3.5 out of 5
7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver, WA
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Columbia River and Fort Vancouver National ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,214 reviews)
"Art!"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Heathman Lodge
Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
3.5 out of 5
1500 SE 167th Ave, Vancouver, WA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £88 per night from 24 Dec to 24 Dec
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Vancouver Mall, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Jantzen Beach Center. Portland Expo ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (725 reviews)
"Everything was good"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2021

Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver-Portland
Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver-Portland
3 out of 5
701 Southeast Columbia Shores Blvd, Vancouver, WA
Located in Columbia Way, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Columbia River and within 3 miles (5 km) of Jantzen Beach Center and Portland Expo Center. Fort ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (403 reviews)
"Nice room with plenty of space."

Reviewed on 22 Nov 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver-Portland
Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
3 out of 5
7301 NE 41st Street, Vancouver, WA
Situated in Vancouver, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Columbia River and Fort Vancouver National Historic ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (713 reviews)
"This was a great deal for the price just a little dirty in places like hallways and bathroom. Overall I would stay here again for sure."

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
Business Bungalow in Vancouver, WA
Business Bungalow in Vancouver, WA
520 NE 97th Ave, 1, Vancouver, WA
This Vancouver holiday home is located in the mountains, offering ski-in/ski-out access within 3 miles (5 km) of Columbia River and Vancouver Mall, and and is ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (63 reviews)
Affordable and perfect for 2
"My partner and I were there to visit friends and this was a good location in Vancouver for us and it was a super easy check in and out process. The bungalow is perfect for 2."

Reviewed on 30 Nov 2021

Business Bungalow in Vancouver, WA
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