The communities of Whatcom County reflect the regionâ€™s geographical diversity, rich natural resources, and unique historical and cultural character.Â Let us welcome you in person at one of the county’s many visitor centers and kiosks.
Bellingham was officially incorporated in November 1903, after more than a decade of incremental consolidation of four towns and heated arguments about naming rights. Eventually citizens voted to use Bellingham as the name of the merged city â€“ however the distinct personalities of the pioneer towns of Bellingham (originally centered near Boulevard Park); Whatcom (todayâ€™s â€śOld Townâ€ť), Sehome (present day downtown), and Fairhaven (the historic district) lives on.
Our friendly staff, volunteers and Ambassadors are available to provide information at the following locations:Bellingham & Whatcom County Visitor Center 904 Potter Street
email: email@example.comÂ Bellingham International Airport 4255 Mitchell Way
Known for its Victorian-era charm, artsy shopping and delicious restaurants, the Historic Fairhaven District is located on the Southern edge of Bellingham Bay and at the northern point of Chuckanut Drive. The six-block district was included on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.Â It is still home to many buildings constructed at that time.Â A series of new brick buildings fill in between the historic structures to give Fairhaven the arts atmosphere it has today.
Under the watchful eyes of the iconic Peace Arch, and with Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo Bay, Boundary Bay and Georgia Strait all visible from town, Blaine holds the distinction as the busiest border crossing between British Columbia and Washington State.Blaine Visitor Center 728 Peace Portal Drive Blaine, WA 98230 360.332.4544 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Birch Bay is infused with resort energy â€“ its shallow waters providing an irresistible magnet for sloshers, splashers, and swimmers. Historically a summer destination, Birch Bay has also matured into a year-round destination for birding, boarding, and beachwalking.Birch Bay Visitor Center 7900 Birch Bay Drive Birch Bay, WA 98230 360.371.5004 Â email: email@example.com
Ferndale revels in its pioneer history and much of it is on display at two local parks,Â Hovander Homestead Park and Pioneer Park. Ferndale sits along the banks of the Nooksack River and hosts many annual events including the Scottish Highland Games.Ferndale Visitor Center 5683 2nd ave Ferndale, WA 98248 360.384.3042
The town of Lynden reflects its strong Dutch settler influence, boasting tidy neighborhoods, a hint of old-world architecture (including a few windmills), and authentic Dutch cuisine. Surrounded by fertile farmlands, the area is the largest raspberry producing region in the nation.Lynden Visitor Center 518 Front Street Lynden, WA 98264 360.354.5995 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lummi Island is a one of the best-kept secrets of the San Juan archipelago. Considerably more accessible than other islands, this pristine, rural gem is less than twenty minutes from Bellingham and a mere 7 minutes by the Whatcom Chief ferry. Lummi Island is a peaceful, unspoiled getaway with tranquil beaches and 18 miles of country roads ideal for bike riding, walking or bird watching. Enjoy a spectacularly unique and amazing meal at The Willows while you’re there.
Ruggedly independent mountain towns â€“ including Glacier, Deming, Maple Falls, Acme, and Van Zant â€“ dot the Mt. Baker foothills. Their history of logging and mining has slowly transformed into a recreation-dominant economy bolstered by the international acclaim of the Mt. Baker Scenic Highway.Mt Baker Foothills Visitor Center 7509 Mt. Baker Hwy Glacier, WA 98244 360.599.2714 email: email@example.com