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Bellingham is the perfect location for those who enjoy outdoor sports, but still want the convenience and comfort that a city location brings. With its close proximity to the USA/Canada border and the imposing snow covered North Cascades Mountains, the area attracts skiers during the winter months, and hikers during warmer weather who want to see the tumbling waterfalls around the region. The city is also host to a thriving downtown area which offers a lively arts and cultural calendar, as well as many international restaurants.

Things to see

The glass-fronted Bellis Fair Mall is a light an airy building, anchored by several large department stores, and featuring many well-known fashion brands, as well as plenty of dining options to keep you going while you shop. If you need some time outdoors, then Whatcom Falls Park manages to mix both parkland and natural beauty. Tucked away in the wooded areas you’ll find many small waterfalls, from trickling streams to powerful, foamy falls. Simply find a rock to sit on and enjoy the sounds of nature. Hovander Homestead Park has hundreds of acres of rolling fields, including over a mile of riverfront, and the barn and farmyard areas teach curious visitors about the history of pioneer farming. See the tools and equipment that pioneers used for harvesting, while chickens cluck in the background, adding to the rural ambience. If you prefer a quieter outdoor experience, then the Shuksan Golf Club makes for a very relaxing afternoon. With acres of well-maintained grass, both flat and hilly, and views of Mt. Baker in the distance, it’s a course suitable for casual or enthusiastic players. The area has a rich history, much of it involving the railroads, so head to the Bellingham Railway Museum to learn more. You’ll be able to see restored trains and carriages up close, play with intricate replica models, and even fulfill your childhood dreams of being a train driver thanks to the realistic train simulator.

Hotels in Bellingham

There are a broad range of hotels available in the area. Those looking for cheap Bellingham hotels will be glad to see many of the big chains, with rooms offering cable television, in-room microwaves and refrigerators, free WiFi, hair dryers, and ironing boards. These hotels are also ideal for business travelers, with services such as business centers, currency exchanges, free parking, and car bookings. Families on vacation will enjoy the larger inns, which often have indoor swimming pools, spas, restaurants and cafes, and complimentary breakfasts.

Where to stay

Ferndale is a charming, leafy town that’s popular with families and full of independent businesses. One of the main attractions is Pioneer Park, a unique experience where you can see a restored pioneer town, with log cabins that have been restored as if they were still in use. This attracts plenty of families on vacation, and they enjoy the friendly, slightly quirky atmosphere of the area. On the border with Canada lies Blaine, an area popular with fishing enthusiasts due to its dramatic, rugged coastline, and full of cycle paths that allow you to zip around town and get to know the area.

How to get to Bellingham

Bellingham International Airport is just north of the city, and if you pick up a hire car you can drive into the center in around 15 minutes. There are also taxi services that can be pre-booked. Several shuttle buses are available with journeys taking between 15 minutes and half an hour depending on your destination. Bellingham Station is a stop on Amtrak’s Cascades service between Vancouver and Eugene, and the station is located in the south of Bellingham, with regular local bus services.