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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

Comfort Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown City Center
Comfort Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown City Center
2.5 out of 5
401 E 13th Street, Vancouver, WA
The price is Rs7,300 per night from 16 Aug to 16 Aug
Located in the heart of Vancouver, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Esther Short Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Jantzen Beach Center and Portland Expo Center. ...
3.9/5Very Good! (965 reviews)
"walkable to downtown Vancouver"

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

Comfort Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown City Center
Heathman Lodge
Heathman Lodge
3.5 out of 5
7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver, WA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs12,204 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
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! (1,272 reviews)
"no comments"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 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
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs10,085 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (581 reviews)
"We found the Hotel to a good value and enjoyed our stay. Would definitely recommend this hotel to other travelers looking to stay in the Vancouver area."

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2021

Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
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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 Rs11,832 per night from 1 Sep to 1 Sep
Situated in Vancouver, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 6 miles (10 km) of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Esther ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (698 reviews)
"Spacious rooms. Only bummer with this place is they do not do housekeeping. I requested it on my third day and they said they only clean rooms after 7 days."

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
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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