Check out our natural beauty from the air, or our local history on foot, or our wildlife on the water, then follow it up with with our beer culture by pedal. A variety of interesting tours are available in Bellingham.

A self-guided Downtown Bellingham Historic Walking Tour begins at the Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall building and provides a 2 mile route circling through the downtown core, making stops at 45 locations. Printed tour booklets are available at the Bellingham Visitor Centers. The tour is also available as a mobile version for smartphones with internet connection, which is a nice way to see the historic photos and hear the narration as you are walking. Click here to open the mobile walking tour version.

Rail Trail Historic Walking Guides from Fairhaven to Downtown Bellingham are a great way to experience our waterfront history. The printed guide was developed by the Bellingham Railway Museum. It follows a 3.5 mile  trail, stopping at 35 signs to provide historical details. Rail Trail Walking Guides are also available at the Bellingham Visitor Center at 904 Potter Street.

The Good Time Girls in Bellingham offer guided walking tours in both historic Downtown and Fairhaven. Offerings include private and group tours, bachelor/ette themed tours and our world famous “Sin and Gin” and “Gore and Lore” seasonal tours. For more information or to book a tour, please visit


Outdoor adventure lovers take to the air with Bellingham Helicopter Tours available at Bellingham International Airport. Options include pre-scheduled flight itineraries or personalized tours of either one hour or half hour that can be tailored to the interests of the guest.



San Juan Cruises / Credit: San Juan CruisesWater views are a spectacular element of the Bellingham destination. Scenic whale watching tours in the Salish Sea are offered in the summer months by San Juan Cruises departing from Fairhaven, and Island Mariner Cruises departing from Squalicum Harbor.

Sea Kayak Tours in Bellingham are provided by Moondance Sea Kayak Adventures, with a variety of half-day, full-day and multi-day itineraries to choose from. All include a guided tour experience with qualified staff.




Abundant natural beauty also makes Bellingham the perfect location for artist tours. Creative Life Adventures provides guests with immersive art workshops, combined with local sightseeing tours.

Self-guided tours of local artist studios include the Whatcom Artist Studio Tour the first two weekends in October, and the Lummi Island Artists Studio Tour in May and November.

Tours Links & Resources

Creative Life Adventures NW | 360-510-9819
1893 Kelly Rd, Bellingham
Immersive 1, 3, and 7 day encounters, emphasizing local art, culture, and the great outdoors. Explore Bellingham as an insider through the pleasures of art making, sightseeing, good food, and great conversation. Intimate, unforgettable - let your passions run wild. |
Fiddlehead Tours & Adventures | (425) 681-9605
2420 Victor Street, Bellingham
Exquisitely curated adventures, making every guest feel like a local, while enjoying the best Whatcom County has to offer. Choose your adventure – Beer & Wine, Boating, Cycling, Hiking, Walking and Special Events. |
Good Time Girls | 360-421-8893
2420 Lynn Street, Bellingham
Our guides are smart & talented Bellinghamsters with a wide range of experiences and specialized knowledge. Some of our guides grew up here while others moved here because they loved it so much, but all of them are fierce ambassadors for our quirky little city. |
San Juan Cruises | 360-738-8099 or 800-443-4552
355 Harris Avenue, Bellingham
San Juan Cruises offers a scenic whale watch cruise which includes lunch and a stop in Friday Harbor, sunset crab dinner cruises on the bay with spectacular views of the Chuckanut coastline, wine and beer tasting cruises, and customized adventures. |
Tideline Outfitters | 360-739-9909
PO Box 1353, Bellingham
Tideline Outfitters provides fun outdoor adventures, guided kayak or paddle board trips, and passenger service to the San Juan Islands. You'll travel aboard Tofua, our 48-foot yacht, with large viewing windows, comfortable seating and complimentary snacks for a relaxing voyage. |
Whatcom Artists Studio Tour | 360-734-9472
PO Box 5921, Bellingham
Whatcom County artists open their studios to the public during the 20th annual Whatcom Studio Artist Tour the first two weekends of October. Artwork is for sale and artists are available (some demonstrating) to meet with visitors. Tour includes clay, glass, handmade books, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and woodworking. This self-guided tour is free. |

Moondance Sea Kayaking Adventures
3120 Peabody St, Bellingham
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