Home to Western Washington University and located in Whatcom County—the northernmost county in Washington, only one hour south of Vancouver, Canada—Bellingham has a culture all its own. While there is a definite college-town vibe with youthfulness in the air, Bellingham and its surrounding communities are also very diverse. The Fairhaven district features Victorian-era buildings, local arts and crafts shopping, and hip boutiques. In the summer, the Fairhaven Green offers outdoor movies, concerts, and a Farmer's Market. Embark from the ferry terminal here to the Marine Highway for a coastal cruise to Alaska. With a pristine Mt. Baker backdrop, Bellingham offers a mass of recreational opportunities for all ages! Options range from hiking, camping, and mountain biking to snow sports, golf, and the annual Ski to Sea race. Bellingham hugs Bellingham Bay. The nearby San Juan Islands bring fun seasonal activities such as whale watching, fishing, sea kayaking, and island cruises. Some of the best sailing in the world is available here. Visit scenic Larabee State Park, a 2,683-acre camping and recreational park on the saltwater shores of Samish Bay. Cruise Chuckanut Drive to view all of what nature has to offer on this northern coastal section of the United States.
Bellingham has many distinct neighborhoods, all with a different character. Click on the Bellingham neighborhoods page to learn more.