Use our Bellingham itinerary to come as you are but stay like we do. Sightsee, savor, unwind, and smile! Spend two or three days exploring; Marvel at two scenic byways, and make memories with access to world-class fun (with small town easy). 🧳
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If you’re a sucker for gorgeous views, epic sunsets and easy-to-get-to trailheads then Chuckanut Drive is your route! Built as Washington State’s first scenic byway, Chuckanut Drive is a 24-mile scenic drive that connects Skagit County to Bellingham with views of the San Juan Islands in the distance, and the oyster beds of the Samish flats in the water just below.
Travel Tip: You can now explore Chuckanut Drive virtually too!
Washington’s first state park, Larrabee State Parkhas been a local favorite since its opening in 1915. Over 100 years later, this 2,748-acre camping park offers 8,100 feet of saltwater shoreline on Samish Bay.
Larrabee is also a great spot to kayak! Whatcom County’s 100+ miles of saltwater shoreline and freshwater lakes offer plenty of kayaking opportunities and thanks to the Port of Bellingham, we now have the Whatcom Water Trails Map.
The best way to get to Larrabee State Park is Chuckanut Drive, Washington State’s original scenic byway. Hugging the shoreline of Bellingham Bay, at milepost 14, Chuckanut Drive passes Larrabee State Park.
If you love great food, boutique shopping, an amazing art scene and getting outside in a small town, you will love Bellingham’s Historic Fairhaven District. One of my favorite things about the Village is the fact that everything is local and can only be found here in Whatcom County, making it the perfect day trip from Seattle.
Book your jumping-off point from our lodging page. Whether you prefer a luxurious waterfront resort, mid-priced hotel or economy lodging we have the perfect options in Bellingham and Whatcom County.
Whatcom County is full of unique art and artists. The art collections range from the Big Rock Sculpture Garden featuring over 37 different pieces tucked away above Lake Whatcom to Western Washington University’s outdoor sculptures, which is one of the top ten university collections in the entire United States.
Bonus Activity: Mural Artist Gretchen Leggitt
From small designs like the Kombucha Town’s mural in Downtown Bellingham to the largest mural in Washington State located on Puget Sound Energy’s building that spans the length of two football fields, Gretchen Leggitt is leaving her mark on Bellingham and Washington State. Take a walking tour of Bellingham or explore her art virtually!
- The Kona Bike Shop: 1622 N State St., Bellingham
- Puget Sound Energy: 915 Cornwall Ave., Bellingham
- Horseshoe Cafe: 113 E Holly St., Bellingham
- Ciao Thyme: 207 Unity St., Bellingham
- Kombucha Town: 210 E Chestnut St., Bellingham
There is so much to do in Bellingham’s downtown arts district! Start in the center at the Whatcom Museum with their latest exhibit , “Seeds of Culture: The Portraits and Stories of Native American Women,” by Matika Wilbur, a photographer from the Tulalip and Swinomish Tribes.
After, head down Bay Street to the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, one of Whatcom County’s most popular indoor attractions. The SPARK Museum is still doing their signature demonstration involving the biggest lightning machine in the country, a Tesla coil called The MegaZapper. MegaZapper shows currently take place every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
We are known for our agriculture scene and farm-to-table lifestyle and you will want to savor it! We are proud of our many businesses that are demonstrating positive public safety and are currently open.
Wear your mask to help our businesses stay open! Please be patient with your servers, as they are doing their best to keep everyone safe.
Outdoor recreation is the number one reason that so many adventurous folks choose to visit Whatcom County. Situated between the Salish Sea and the North Cascades, Whatcom is a land of towering peaks, serene forests, countless trails, and endless outdoor opportunities. Whether you’re interested in hiking, exploring public parks, paddling, snow sports, or simply taking a scenic drive, there’s something for everyone here.
Best known for its namesake waterfall, the park’s main attraction could easily be checked off your Bellingham bucket list in as little as 15 minutes. But there’s so much more to discover beyond the falls. Spend an hour or two wandering Whatcom Falls Park’s 241 acres, and you’ll find everything from miles of serene, forested trails to a 100-year-old railroad trestle standing silently over Whatcom Creek. Please note that only the trails at Whatcom Falls are open. Playgrounds, public bathrooms and the dirt bike area are closed during this time.
Mount Baker Highway is State route 542, stretching from Bellingham toward snow-capped Mt. Baker. The highway was built gradually in the late 1800s as an access road for the lucrative logging industry and its rich history is well documented. At Glacier, the road passes into the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and is a designated National Forest Scenic Byway.
Towering evergreens and leaf maples line the route, with skirts of the Nooksack River peeking out at several points. In the summer months, the highway ends at milepost 58 in a parking lot, which gives visitors access to Artist Point and its spectacular views of Mt. Baker’s 10,781-foot peak. In the winter months, the road ends at milepost 55, which is the Mount Baker Ski Area – holder of the world record for snowfall in a single season and birthplace of snowboarding.
4. Keep Dreaming
Maybe your Bellingham vacation can wait, but there’s no reason to stop planning! Order a Bellingham Whatcom County Travel Guide and get everything you need to plan your next trip right to your door. Our guides are filled with hiking resources, hotel information and lists of must-try restaurants.