Bellingham is the last stop in Washington before reaching the Canadian border. Situated on Bellingham Bay and in the shadow of Mount Baker, Bellingham offers a variety of outdoor activities.
Things to Do in Bellingham
The Cultural Arts District downtown includes a variety of art galleries, the Bellingham Railway Museum, the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention and the Mindport Exhibit. Theater buffs will enjoy the Pickford Film Center, which is dedicated to independent films. The historic Mount Baker Theater showcases live performances.
Western Washington University gives Bellingham a college town feel. The campus includes the Sehome Hill Arboretum, one of the top 10 outdoor sculpture collections in the US. There are 29 unique pieces placed throughout the beautiful campus.
With easy access to Bellingham Bay, the city offers a variety of water activities like canoeing and kayaking. From the Bellingham Marina catch whale-watching tours of the San Juan Islands or try crabbing and fishing.
The Bellingham area includes three lakes, Lake Whatcom, Lake Padden and Lake Sammish, All are great for swimming and watersports activities.
Experience Bellingham like a local at Viewmont Manor Bed and Breakfast. This beautiful home is the perfect home base for exploring Bellingham and beyond.
Fairhaven, a National Historic District, is a small community on the south side of Bellingham. This walkable area is well known for it’s great restaurants and shops. Fairhaven is also a transportation hub for exploring points north. The Bellingham Cruise Terminal, located in Fairhaven, is the southern most point of the Alaska Marine Highway System. From here you can access the ferry to Alaska.
The Amtrak Cascades train stops at the Bellingham-Fairhaven Station and makes daily trips to Vancouver BC and Seattle WA.
Mount Baker is just a short scenic 1 ½ hour drive from Bellingham. Experience downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or sledding.
Take a scenic drive from historic Fairhaven south down Chuckanut Drive, state highway 11. The road hugs the shoreline with views of the bay and islands beyond. Larrabee State Park, located just 6 miles south of Bellingham on Chuckanut Drive, offers access to hiking trails, tide pools and the beach.
Weather in Bellingham and Getting There
Bellingham weather is mild with wintertime daytime highs around 50 degrees. Wintertime lows are in the mid-30s. Summertime high temps hover in the mid-70s. Nighttime lows are in the mid-50s. Bellingham experiences about 36 inches of rainfall a year. October through March have the highest average rainfalls.Summer has less precipitation and plenty of sunshine.
Bellingham is located about 90 miles north of Seattle on I-5. Vancouver BC is 50 miles north of Bellingham traveling up I-5 and BC-99. Those traveling to Canada need a valid passport to cross the border.