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Vancouver
Travel Guide

Officers Row featuring heritage architecture and a house

Enjoy important historic sites, a thriving arts scene and outdoor adventures in Vancouver, a city nestled under Washington’s stunning mountains.

Vancouver, in Southwest Washington, is often unfairly overlooked, overshadowed by Portland to the south and by the more famous Canadian metropolis of the same name. The lively and historic city is, however, worthy of attention. Discover old forts, public parks and a thriving arts scene and head out into the volcanic landscape that surrounds the city.

Learn about the history of this city, which was established in 1825 by the Hudson’s Bay Company. Explore Fort Vancouver National Historic Site to learn about the city’s origins as a fur trading outpost. The site includes a reconstructed fort, gardens and working trade houses.

The fort is located in Vancouver National Historic Reserve, a scenic swath of parkland that includes other museums and attractions. Trace the history of aviation in the Pearson Air Museum, which houses a wide selection of vintage planes. Step inside 19th-century homes in Officers’ Row, a collection of buildings that once served as residences for military personnel.

Relax at an open-air concert in Esther Short Park. This historic city square, established in 1853, contains water features and flowerbeds and is a quiet place to unwind. Admire a bronze statue known as the Pioneer Mother and let the children have fun in the playground.

Taste local produce at the farmers markets and microbreweries across the city. Head outside of downtown Vancouver to reach the wineries of Clark County.

On the first Friday of each month, the city of Vancouver hosts an art walk. Join locals as they stroll around some of the city’s galleries and public artworks.

Drive out of the city to see Southwest Washington’s spectacular scenery. Energetic visitors can hike up the dormant volcano of Mount St. Helens or canoe along the Columbia River.

Take a flight to Portland International Airport, which is just across the river from Vancouver. C-Tran buses run throughout downtown Vancouver and also offer services into the rest of Clark County. Summer here promises the driest weather, as well as lively county fairs and free concerts in the park.

Where to stay in Vancouver

Heathman Lodge
Heathman Lodge
3.5 out of 5
7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver, WA
The price is Rs8,722 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,271 reviews)
"Lovely and captures the beauty of our PNW!"

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

Heathman Lodge
Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
3.5 out of 5
1500 SE 167th Ave, Vancouver, WA
The price is Rs7,675 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Vancouver Mall, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Jantzen Beach Center. Portland Expo ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (526 reviews)
"Very clean, updated facilities, everything in working order. Only negative comment is about the front staff when we checked in and through the evening was extremely rude.. I don't know how many times I heard "oh my god" or scoffs and "ugh"... especially when the only things I had to communicate with ..."

Reviewed on 17 May 2021

Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Portland Vancouver
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Portland Vancouver
2.5 out of 5
1421 SE Tech Center Pl, Vancouver, WA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs7,549 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of Cascade Station, Vancouver Mall and Jantzen Beach Center. Portland Expo Center and Portland ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (471 reviews)
"The place was ok, i noticed a slight odor when we entered our room.. it smelled like a damp towel was left in the room. We didnt have house keeping available but i think this is due to COVID. I did not know i had to pay for parking which was $10 a day and they were charging mt card but i didnt notice ..."

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Portland Vancouver
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2402 KAUFFMAN AVE
2402 KAUFFMAN AVE
2402 Kauffman Ave, Vancouver, WA
Located in Hough, this holiday home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Esther Short Park and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Jantzen Beach Center. Vancouver Farmers Market and Fort ...
2402 KAUFFMAN AVE
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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