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Travel Advisory

Keep reading to find resources about regional transportation, our visitor center, and other helpful guidelines on how to visit Bellingham and Whatcom County safely and responsibly!

Check for road and trail closures in North Cascades National Park

Due to the Sourdough Fire, certain trails, roads, and sections of SR 20 in North Cascades National Park may be temporarily closed. 

Find up-to-date information about fire closures in the park here

Expect Delays on SR 542/ Mt. Baker Highway

SR 542/Mt. Baker Highway will be closed between Britton Road (milepost 3.3) to Noon Road (milepost 3.5) beginning Monday, June 5, 2023, for up to 105 days.

  • Travelers heading eastbound on SR 542 will be detoured around the work zone on county roads north on Hannegan Road to East Smith Road to SR 542.
  • Travelers heading westbound will take SR 542 to East Smith Road south on Hannegan Road back to SR 542/Sunset Drive.

Find out more here

  • Recreate Responsibly 
    • The large variety of outdoor recreation near Bellingham changes with the season, but don't forget to Recreate Responsibly! Take part in activities including hiking, biking, camping, beach-combing, fishing, hunting, boating, horseback riding, paddlesports, tennis, go karts, ORV/motorcross, and golf. 
  • Recreation Passes
  • Mount Baker Ski Area
    • Traveling up to the mountain? Check the resort's website for snow reports and everything you need to know before arriving. 

Visit our "Getting Here" section, or check directly with carriers and resources below for specific updates or special advisories.

Take a look at the Washington State Department of Transportation website for local travel alerts.

The average temperature in Whatcom County varies based on altitude (for example, sea level in Blaine versus a higher elevation at the Mt. Baker ski area) and other factors. The average high in Bellingham in July is 72 degrees with a low of 53 degrees. In January, the high is around 43 degrees and the low is 31 degrees. On average, there are 71 sunny days, 93 partly sunny days, and 201 cloudy days.

Find up-to-date information on air quality in Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Check hours of operation and view a list of our locations here.

Do you have questions about the area? Planning a trip and want recommendations? Our staff is also available via email: 

        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.
Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism
Visitor Center Located at I-5 Exit 253 - Check Hours
904 Potter Street, Bellingham, WA 98229
Phone: 360-671-3990

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