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

Red Lion Inn & Suites Vancouver
Red Lion Inn & Suites Vancouver
2.5 out of 5
13206 Highway 99, Vancouver, WA
The price is Rs5,870 per night from 17 Nov to 17 Nov
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of Washington State University ...
3.2/5 (979 reviews)
"We actually like the place! The man in the reception was very helpful."

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2021

Red Lion Inn & Suites Vancouver
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 Rs8,956 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (675 reviews)
"GREAT location for our visit with friends only 3-5 miles away. Very modern, clean, safe inside and outside."

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2021

Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
Heathman Lodge
Heathman Lodge
3.5 out of 5
7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver, WA
The price is Rs10,837 per night from 3 Nov to 3 Nov
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Columbia River and Fort Vancouver National ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,233 reviews)
"The Lodge is very lovely in the middle of the city. There are lots of dining options and the desk staff and house keepers and waitstaff in the dining room are all wonderful"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2021

Heathman Lodge
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Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
3 out of 5
7301 NE 41st Street, Vancouver, WA
The price is Rs8,738 per night from 12 Nov to 12 Nov
Situated in Vancouver, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Columbia River and Fort Vancouver National Historic ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (708 reviews)
"Court yard was very nice, though closed for covid currently. I appreciate how stocked the kitchenette was, we had a great stay"

Reviewed on 4 Oct 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver-Portland
Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver-Portland
3 out of 5
701 Southeast Columbia Shores Blvd, Vancouver, WA
The price is Rs10,344 per night from 5 Nov to 5 Nov
Located in Columbia Way, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Columbia River and Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Esther Short Park and Vancouver ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (399 reviews)
"Love to come here for a quiet getaway, always feel safe even by myself"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver-Portland
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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