Most Instagrammable Spots in Bellingham and Whatcom County

Bellingham and Whatcom County are a photographer’s dream! From small boutiques and local restaurants to waterfront parks and catching mountain views while on breathtaking hikes. Just 90 miles north of Seattle and 55 miles south of Vancouver B.C., Bellingham is the perfect destination for a photogenic vacation, worthy of sharing across all of social media. Now start capturing some memories!

See two-for-one when you visit one of the most photographed landscapes in the United States. Capture stunning views of Picture Lake with Mount Shuksan in the background, just off the Mount Baker Highway (WA State Route 542).

Explore Historic Fairhaven Village and Downtown Bellingham by way of Boulevard Park and Taylor Dock, one of Bellingham’s most popular trails, especially for sunset photos. 

Explore and discover the waterfalls, a renowned stone bridge, braided trails, and secret swimming spots.

Photograph your way through this outdoor museum featuring breathtaking sculptures and towering trees.

With 62 acres of land and views of Mount Baker, Bellewood Farms & Distillery is more than just photogenic, it is also the apple capital of Whatcom County!

Stunning views of the bay and San Juan Islands - what more could you ask for? Reaching this spot requires a hike, but it is well worth the effort.

Lummi Island is one of the best-kept secrets in the Salish Sea, and it’s only a 10-minute ferry ride away from the mainland.

This stunning historic farm in the countryside of Ferndale, WA features a large red barn and a Victorian home that is on the list of National Historic Sites. While you're there, take a stroll (and a photo/video) by the Nooksack River. 

Coffee and the Pacific Northwest are synonymous. Find beautifully designed coffee and food at Camber's cafe in Downtown Bellingham.

Head to Galloway's, a unique art deco-style bar in Historic Fairhaven Village, for a bright and classy cocktail worthy of posting to your main feed.

From smaller designs to the largest mural in Washington State located on Puget Sound Energy’s building (spanning the length of two football fields!), Gretchen Leggitt is leaving her mark on Bellingham and Washington State. This is where you can find some of her designs around Bellingham: 

  • The Kona Bike Shop: 1622 N State St.
  • Puget Sound Energy: 915 Cornwall Ave.
  • Horseshoe Cafe: 113 E Holly St.
  • Kombucha Town: 210 E Chestnut St.
  • Velo Mural: 2522 Meridian St.
  • Sundial Mural: 207 Unity St
  • Salmon Run (collaboration with Lummi artist Jason LaClair): N. Forest St.
        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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