Located on Bellingham Bay with Mount Baker as its backdrop, Bellingham is the last major city before the Washington coastline meets the Canadian border. It’s 85 miles north of Seattle and 50 miles south of Vancouver, B.C.
Bellingham is an acclaimed outdoor recreation haven and known for it’s subdued, healthy and authentic vibe. It’s been named “Best Place to Play Year Round,” “Adventure Town USA” and “Best Place to Retire and Live” by various media. While many come here to play hard and sweat, others take in the scenery, laid-back vibe and relax.
Bellingham has an active waterfront port that supports fishing, charter cruises, leisure boating, boatbuilding, shipping and marina operations. Squalicum Harbor is the second largest in Puget Sound, with 1,900 pleasure and commercial boats moored. From Bellinghamâ€™s ports, passenger ferries leave for cruises around Bellingham and Chuckanut Bays to the San Juan Islands, either for whale watching or beer, wine, history and/or sunset cruises. It’s also big with paddlers (kayak, canoe and stand up paddlers) and is rated “Best Paddling Destination in the US” (Outside Magazine).
Its downtown area has a mixture of restaurants, art galleries and specialty shops. Locals and visitors enjoy a mix of brew pubs, wine bars, cafes, and casual eateries – most of which make a concerted effort to source locally grown and made food. The Saturday Bellingham Farmers Market is a huge draw.
Bellingham is home to Western Washington University on Sehome Hill, from which you have a sweeping view across the bay to the San Juan Islands. Visitors bound for Alaska depart on the Alaska Marine Highway System ferries from the Bellingham Cruise Terminal in the Historic Fairhaven District.
Elevation: Sea level