Check out our natural beauty from the air, our local history on foot, or our wildlife on the water. A variety of interesting tours are available in Bellingham and Whatcom County.
Walking History Tours
A self-guided Downtown Bellingham Historic Walking Tour begins at the Whatcom Museum’s Old City Hall building and provides a two 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, 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 is a great way to experience our waterfront history. The printed guide was developed by the Bellingham Railway Museum and 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.
The Good Time Girls in Downtown Bellingham offer guided walking tours in both historic Downtown and Fairhaven. They offer private and group tours, bachelor/ette themed tours and their world famous “Sin and Gin“ and “Gore and Lore“ seasonal tours.
- Take a summer history tour to learn about log cabin life at Pioneer Park in Ferndale.
- Get a look at immigrant farm life at Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale.
- Early salmon fishing at the Alaska Packers Association Museum on Semiahmoo Spit in Blaine.
Pioneer Park in Ferndale
Water views are a spectacular element of the Bellingham destination. Scenic whale watching tours in the Salish Sea are offered in the summer by San Juan Cruises and Schooner Zodiac. Both depart from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven.
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.
The Drayton Harbor Maritime Society in Blaine operates the 17-passenger Historic Plover as a foot ferry. Tour the local waters between Blaine Harbor and Semiahmoo Spit each summer from Memorial Day in May to Labor Day in September.
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.
There’s one sure way to feel like royalty in Bellingham, and that’s to take a flight with San Juan Airlines. The five-fleet airline serves the San Juan Islands, Anacortes, Point Roberts and anywhere else with a relatively close landing strip in Washington State, British Columbia and Oregon.
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.
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.
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.
Pacific Northwest Guided Tours invites you to join us in experiencing Bellingham’s urban and natural surroundings. Explore this city on the bay with a small town feel. Fun and casual tours await with your friendly and knowledgeable private guide.
Tea and Tour combines English tea and scones with scenic and historic bike tours. The Cascade Trail is breathtaking with tour posts along the way that shared the rich history of the area. Our Northern State Mental Hospital Bike tour is a must-do!
Dragonfly Kayak Tours is all about adventure! We are excited to take you on a journey of exploration in the Salish Sea! Booking a tour with us is like planning an intimate getaway with your closest friends. We’ll take care of all the planning and work, all you have to do is show up prepared for fun and lasting memories. We offer half day, full day, sunset, bioluminescense and multi-day overnight adventures.
We are proud to share our knowledge and expertise with you today! Beginners will learn the basics of kayak navigation and paddling techniques, while the more experienced will find this an excellent opportunity to advance their skills. We offer evening, half day, full day and multi-day trips as well as custom adventures.