Ready to get away from the big-city scene for the weekend? If so, we highly recommend heading to beautiful Bellingham, Washington to get some fresh air and explore the great outdoors. Bellingham has a wide range of outdoor activities from waterfalls and cruises to exploring a historic district and outdoor breweries. It’s a lot to squeeze into one weekend trip, and you might need to book a second trip while fares are low so you don’t have to rush through everything. We explored the Bellingham area for a week and came up with a list of outdoor spots that you cannot miss!
There is really no better way to start your morning in the Pacific Northwest than by grabbing a cup of coffee to go and stroll along the Taylor Dock. Sitting just outside of the Fairhaven Historic District in Bellingham, this elevated boardwalk connects Boulevard Park to Fairhaven and offers some of the best views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands, as well as one of the best ways to get your exercise in. You will see plenty of people walking, jogging or riding their bikes on Taylor Dock, and who wouldn’t with those views!
Whale Watching with San Juan Cruises
Want to get out on the water and enjoy the sights of the San Juan Islands as well as the marine wildlife? If so, then we recommend booking a whale watching tour with San Juan Cruises while you are in town. They offer several different tours that last either five or eight hours, as well as a tour at sunset. How could you pass up watching whales swim at sunset? So, grab your camera and get ready for some of the coolest photos you will take on your vacation in Bellingham. This will definitely be an insta-worthy moment!
Fairhaven Historic District
Spanning over a few blocks, Fairhaven Historic District is filled with cute boutiques, bookstores, delicious restaurants, outdoor music and of course, a rich town history. Founded back in the late 1800s, this waterfront town was built on dreams of becoming a railroad terminus for the Great Northern Railroad. Unfortunately, a little village to the south called Seattle was chosen, so Fairhaven focused on becoming a seaport and still has an active bayfront with a small-boat building and repair site. We recommend that you reserve a whole day or at least half a day to explore the area and learn all about “Dirty Dan” and how Fairhaven was built.
Peace Arch International Park
Completed in 1921, this 67-foot symbol of peace, known as the Peace Arch, sits right along Interstate 5 between Blaine, Washington and Douglas, British Columbia and marks the border between the United States and Canada. The Peace Arch International Park is hands-down one of the most beautiful parks with the tall, white Peace Arch, gorgeous gardens, outdoor sculptures, flower beds that are groomed as the American and Canadian flags and plush green grass perfect for a picnic.
While you are there you will see many people jumping out of their car to run up and grab a photo of the Arch while they are waiting to cross the border, but safety is always our number one priority, so we recommend that you pull over in the park’s parking lot to get out and take group selfies.
Now that your vacation itinerary is packed full with outdoor activities, be sure to check out our other blogs on Bellingham breweries and eateries to have the best vacation! Book your vacation to Bellingham now at Allegiant.com.