Things to Do
There’s so much to do in BellinghamÂ and throughout Whatcom County, and so many ways to do them, it may be impossible for you toÂ focus onÂ just one activity.Â Our advice — don’t try!Â Pick a few “must do” activities and attractionsÂ for this trip, and start planning your next visit.Â Eventually,Â you may get to everything on your list.Â But beware!Â There’s always something new to discover… so getting to them all mayÂ just sparkÂ a long term love affair with this region.
The profusion ofÂ fresh water lakes, salt water inlets, and the rivers and streams that unite them have created an abundance of water-based experiences that range from tranquil to thrilling.Â The marine trail system frequented by kayaks and canoes provides access to protected shoreline and otherwise inaccessible beaches.Â Too tame?Â Grab your paddle and strap on your helmet for white knuckle, white water river rafting.
Wildlife congregates where thereâ€™s water â€“ and Whatcom County provides exceptional opportunities to observe finned, feathered and furry friends with options that include whale watching cruises and charters, world class bird watching, and an extensive interurban greenbelt and back country trail system that virtually guarantees wildlife sightings.
Pedal powered adventure options are just as extensive, and just as diverse.Â Family oriented and beginner biking trails co-exist with trails that will challenge and ultimately satisfy even the most extreme two wheel enthusiasts.
National Forest and National Park lands beckon to hikers, walkers and mountain climbers, with plenty of scenic space to explore â€“ from flat to moderate to strenuous. And towering over it all, is majestic Mt. Baker.Â At nearly 11,000 feet, Mt. Baker is the highest peak in the North Cascades Mountains â€“ holding world records for snowfall and serving as a year around magnet for photographers, adventurers, recreationalists, and those who appreciate easily accessible and stunning vistas.
Ready to mix in an artistic experience?Â Explore the areaâ€™s many galleries and studios which feature a dazzling array of techniques and disciplines produced by local artists and craftspeople.Â Take the public artwalk through the Western Washington University campus, where 29 outdoor sculptures celebrate the relationship between nature, academics and history.Â Visit Bellinghamâ€™s cultural arts district, anchored by the historic Mt. Baker Theatre, Whatcom Museum, Pickford Film Center, and American Museum of Radio & Electricity.Â Additional museums and displays present a moment in time with aircraft, marine trade, historic districts and architecture, logging, pioneer, and other examples of our rich history and culture.
AndÂ then thereâ€™s the shopping.Â And the dining.Â And the parks.Â Â And the live music.Â And the fresh seafood and local produce.Â Youâ€™ll definitely need a return visit.