Bellingham

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Sandwiched between the Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the rolling hills of northern Washington, this thriving city is experiencing a cultural revival.

Just south of the Canadian border, this coastal city began its life as an industrial center. For decades, Bellingham centered upon the timber and coal industries but today most visit the Washington city for its natural beauty and thriving cultural landscape. At just over a century old, Bellingham is a relatively young city but one that’s history is well signposted as you explore its streets. Whether you’re using Bellingham as a launch pad to visit the San Juan Islands or you’re curious about its burgeoning arts and music scenes, there’s plenty to see and do during your stay.

Explore the downtown precinct on foot, bicycle or by bus. Thanks to relatively light traffic, parking is easily found even in the city center, so driving is equally viable. The cultural center of the city is centered upon the downtown precinct and the streets surrounding Western Washington University. A young population keeps things innovative and there are plenty of cultural sites to see. Admire the sculpture collection at the university, which features work by prominent American artists including Richard Serra and Beverly Pepper. Visit the nearby Whatcom Museum of History and Art, the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention and the Pickford Film Center for more cultural activities.

Take a trip through the dramatic landscape surrounding the city to really understand what the state of Washington is about. Perched on the edge of Bellingham Bay you can reach the San Juan Islands in less than an hour, or head east to reach the famous Mount Baker, a glacier-covered volcano that is a haven for skiers and snowboarders.

Bellingham is serviced by an international airport but is also just a short drive from the major cities of Seattle and Vancouver. Accommodations can be found on the waterfront or in the Meridian shopping precinct but those wanting a more rural escape will find holiday apartments and bungalows near Mount Baker and in the rural farmland to the northeast of the city.

Where to stay in Bellingham

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4260 Mitchell Way, Bellingham, WA
The price is Rs7,544 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Squalicum Beach and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Bellis Fair Mall. Western Washington University and Marine ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (909 reviews)
"Night shift staff upon checkin was friendly and met our needs. The next day as she was getting off, I was happy to see her face. I realize she had worked all night long yet she still composed and smile on her face and a friendly demeanor! Will definitely stay again!"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2022

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Bellingham, an IHG Hotel
Oxford Suites Bellingham
Oxford Suites Bellingham
3 out of 5
4051 Meridian St, Bellingham, WA
The price is Rs8,577 per night from 27 Jan to 28 Jan
Located in Meridian, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Bellis Fair Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Squalicum Beach and Mount Baker Theatre. Whatcom Museum ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (969 reviews)
"I had a great stay. Great staff. Great hotel. I look forward to staying again."

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2022

Oxford Suites Bellingham
Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham, Curio Collection by Hilton
Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
804 10th Street, Bellingham, WA
The price is Rs13,275 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Located in Fairhaven, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Bellingham Cruise Terminal and Western Washington University. Fairhaven Park and Sehome Hill ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (382 reviews)
"Wonderful stay at Chrysalis Inn! Beautiful rooms with gorgeous views. Delightful staff, everyone was so nice and helpful. Highly recommended. Just wished it wasn't so close to the railroad (trains are really loud). However, this was communicated on the website so it was expected."

Reviewed on 18 Jan 2022

Chrysalis Inn & Spa Bellingham, Curio Collection by Hilton
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Home2 Suites by Hilton Bellingham Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Bellingham Airport
3 out of 5
805 Home Lane, Bellingham, WA
The price is Rs10,049 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Located in Guide Meridian, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Bellis Fair Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of Squalicum Beach and Whatcom Museum. Spark Museum ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (358 reviews)
"We always enjoy our stay. The rooms are great and the staff is friendly & helpful."

Reviewed on 11 Dec 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Bellingham Airport
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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