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Cascade Loop National Scenic Byway
May 28, 2024
Allen Cox / NW Travel & Life

Encompassing the peaks of the North Cascades, the wine and orchard country of North Central Washinton and bucolic islands in the Salish Sea, the Cascade Loop Scenic Byway has it all.

40 Best Things to Do in Washington State
May 27, 2024
Katie Diederichs / Two Wandering Soles

Not far from the Canadian border, Bellingham, Washington is a good sized city: big enough to have everything you need, including a buzzing nightlife, but little enough to retain a small town charm.

The Magnificent North Cascades
May 27, 2024
John D'Onofrio / Adventures NW

The North Cascades offer some of North America’s most spectacular mountain scenery, with more peaks that rise 3,000 feet in the last horizontal mile to their summits than any other range on Earth.

11 Best Things to Do in Bellingham, Washington You’ll Love
May 27, 2024
Amanda OBrien / The Boutique Adventurer

Perfectly positioned between the majestic Mount Baker and the serene Bellingham Bay, this lively city boasts an abundance of activities and sights that will enchant visitors of all tastes.

7 Underrated National Parks That Are Better Than Zion
May 27, 2024
Jill Robbins / The Travel

North Cascades National Park 

Although this is a dramatic switch-up from the desert, this park is a good substitute for Zion for anyone who wants to explore lush, ethereal greenery instead of red rocks.

Top Reasons Beautiful Bellingham Is Worth A Visit
May 27, 2024
Vicki Duong / VITA

Road trip alert! Just over an hour’s drive from Vancouver, we ventured into Bellingham for a quick overnighter. From delightful dining spots to captivating museums and hoppy breweries—this charming city has it all!

Tickets Going Fast For Pride Anthems Concert With John Cameron Mitchell
May 27, 2024
Michael Strangeways / Seattle Gay Scene

Mount Baker Theatre

This tour will then travel up to Bellingham for a Saturday, June 8th concert at the gorgeous Mount Baker Theatre. (John will also be at this show!)

What Flights Are Cheaper from Seattle or Bellingham than Vancouver?
May 23, 2024
Elana Shepert / Squamish Chief

Bellingham International Airport (BLI) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) each involve a drive across the Canada-U.S. border but may reduce the cost of return tickets by upwards of $100.

Skip Olympic, Visit Washington's Most Underrated National Park
May 18, 2024
Nicole Hansen / The Travel

North Cascades National Park is free to visit all year, making it a more cost-effective alternative to Olympic National Park. With only 40,000 visitors in 2023, North Cascades offers a peaceful and quiet escape compared to the busy Olympic National Park.

12 Overcrowded National Parks — And Where to Go Instead
May 15, 2024
Alina A. Wang / Cheapism

Visit North Cascades National Park in Washington. This park offers equally breathtaking alpine scenery, pristine lakes, and a true sense of wilderness without all the crowds. It’s a paradise for hikers and nature lovers looking for peace and quiet.

A Quick Getaway to Bellingham, Washington
May 14, 2024
Vicki Duong / VITA

When it comes to quick getaways, what about crossing the border? A little over an hour away from Vancouver by car, Bellingham is often regarded as a quick drive-by on the way to Seattle, but don’t let the small coastal city fool you. Bellingham’s unique charm is worth a stop, maybe even an overnight stay.

The Best Small Towns In The Northern United States For A Weekend Retreat
May 14, 2024
World Atlas

Take a visit to one of the sweet spots of the Pacific Northwest. Bellingham is surrounded by the towering trees that flourish in the coastal region, the forested area provides the perfect escape from reality. Visitors can even explore the abundant waters of Bellingham Bay.

Semiahmoo Resort and Whatcom County
May 13, 2024
Michael & Elizabeth Fagin / Foodista

Semiahmoo Resort is a vibrant, down-to-earth resort that offers an abundance of experiences that will be fun for the whole family. The options are endless - dining, spa treatments, golf, pickleball, bonfires with s'mores, biking, and many other activities.

Your Family-Friendly Guide to Semiahmoo Resort
May 13, 2024
Kate Neidigh / Seattle Refined

Located on the scenic spit between Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, Washington beckons families with its breathtaking views and myriad activities.

7 Underrated Cities In Washington That Have Seattle Vibes, But Better
May 11, 2024
Reena Jain / The Travel


This underrated gem near Seattle has everything from scenic charm to culture, adventures, and a not-to-miss craft beer scene. Nestled on the shores of Bellingham Bay, this charming city is among the many perfect Washington towns for hikers and nature lovers.

7 Amtrak Routes That Make Scenic Mountain Stops
May 11, 2024
Maria Bou Ink / The Travel

The Amtrak Cascades route does indeed feature scenic mountain stops. While the majority of the route travels along the picturesque coastline of the Pacific Northwest, there are portions where the train ventures inland, offering passengers views of the majestic Cascade Range.

Bellingham Bound: The Ultimate Bellingham, WA Bucket List
May 09, 2024
Darby Mulligan/ Redfin

At the northwest tip of the U.S. resides the quintessential Pacific Northwest city Bellingham, one of the best places to live in Washington. With its close proximity to both water and mountains, and a vibrant downtown scene, Bellingham, affectionately called Bham by locals, offers a variety of activities for everyone.

The Best Spa in Bellingham: Flow Motion
May 08, 2024
Kat Anderson / Coffee & Mascara

Are you in need of a spa day? And who isn’t, really?! If you’re in Greater Vancouver or Seattle, look no further than Bellingham. This hidden gem in the Pacific Northwest is home to a brand-new spa offering the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation.  

SIFF isn’t the only film festival happening soon in the Seattle area
May 03, 2024
Chase Hutchinson / The Seattle Times

Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival 

Boasting a wide variety of women-directed features and shorts from around the world, this local festival is also keeping the party going by showing its programming online. 

Short Spring Day Trips from Seattle
May 01, 2024
Allison Williams / Seattle Met

Whatcom Museum

Bellingham’s art spot has plenty of space (and security) to show off photos, natural history, and Indigenous art; its Lightcatcher building by Olson Kundig’s Jim Olson is basically a jeweled treasure in itself thanks to a translucent 180-foot curved glass wall.

Surprising Destination For Southern Classics In The Pacific Northwest
May 01, 2024
Leslie Kelly / Forbes

There’s a gorgeous golf course just south of the Canadian border near Bellingham, Wash., where the restaurant serves some of the best shrimp and grits west of the Mississippi. Here’s why you need to take a trip to this under-the-radar bistro that’s far from your typical “19th hole.”

It's All in the Apples at Bellewood Distilling
May 01, 2024
Allen Cox / NW Travel & Life

Bellewood Farms, Chuckanut Bay Distillery, Bellingham Cider Company 

Apples are at the core of the unique line of spirits distilled at Bellewood Distilling, just outside Bellingham, Washington. 

Children of the Setting Sun shares Indigenous stories with an eye to the future
Apr 28, 2024
Isabella Breda / The Seattle Times

Sharing oral histories, gatherings and events through film, podcasts, live events — and soon a digital library — Children of the Setting Sun defies the traditional categories of a “media” group.

North Cascades Grizzly Bear Reintroduction Decision Finalized
Apr 25, 2024
Andy Walgamott / Northwest Sportsman

Federal wildlife and land managers made final their decision to reintroduce grizzly bears to Washington’s North Cascades under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act today.

12 Great Places to Eat and Drink in Bellingham
Apr 23, 2024
Megan Hill and Jessamyn Tuttle / Eater Seattle

Bellingham combines small-city accessibility and a college-town independent streak that imbue this northern Washington town with a personality all its own. 

Uncovering the Forgotten History of Fort Bellingham in Washington State
Apr 22, 2024
Merrick Parnell / Washington State News Network

Fort Bellingham is one of those historical sites lost to time. According to Ghost Towns and Mines of Washington, the Fort was constructed as the nation's most northern outpost (at the time) in 1856 to protect settlers and trade in the growing Whatcom County area.  

SR 20 North Cascades Highway, WA, Will Open Today, Friday, April 19
Apr 19, 2024
Snow Brains

The route is also a scenic bike route and accesses popular hiking routes such as the Pacific Crest Trail, so stay alert for bicyclists and pedestrians. Travel safely, slow down, pay attention, and enjoy the scenery!

Scenic North Cascades Highway to reopen this week
Apr 18, 2024

The North Cascades Highway — State Route 20 — is reopening at 10 a.m. Friday, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced Wednesday. The scenic highway connects Whatcom and Skagit counties with Okanogan County's Winthrop and Twisp, passing ample hiking and outdoor destinations along the way at North Cascades National Park.

North Cascades Highway is opening a little early this year
Apr 18, 2024
Caitlyn Freeman / Seattle Times

North Cascades Highway, also known as Highway 20, is set to reopen for the season at 10 a.m. Friday, April 19, after being closed since late November, the Washington Department of Transportation announced Wednesday.

10 'coolest' vacation spots to escape the heat this summer
Apr 18, 2024
Meagan Drillinger / The Points Guy

Washington's North Cascades National Park is a moody, majestic fairy-tale landscape of pristine wilderness and breathtaking natural beauty. Picture towering mountain peaks that rise up from lush forests and a soundtrack of cascading waterfalls. And with an average summer temperature of 51 degrees Fahrenheit, it's the perfect balmy base for a cool summer getaway.

'Twilight' director visits the Northwest to support her favorite cause
Apr 17, 2024
Brendan Sainsbury / Lonely Planet

Director Catherine Hardwicke made movie history when she brought the bestselling book "Twilight" to the big screen. Today the director does workshops at film festivals all over the world - including an upcoming one at Bellingham's Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival - helping female filmmakers make epics of their own

Craft breweries across U.S. showcase regenerative Kernza grain in beers along with Patagonia Provisions
Apr 16, 2024
Chris Crowell / Craft Brewing Business

Aslan Brewing Co., a B-Corporation with a USDA certified organic brewery in Bellingham, Wash., and a participant in last year’s program, just launched what they and Patagonia Provisions are calling the World’s First Regenerative Organic Certified IPA.  

North Cascades National Park Itinerary | Top Things to Do + Tips
Apr 16, 2024
Michelle / The Wandering Queen

Found in northern Washington, this is a national park known for its dramatic Cascade Mountain Range, which serves as a natural border between the US and Canada. With waterfalls, lakes, and bustling wildlife to boot, hiking in North Cascades is a given.   

Samantha Brown's Favorite Countries She's Ever Visited
Apr 15, 2024
Sydney Baker / Explore

North Carolina is one of her favorite outdoor destinations, as is the stunning North Cascades National Park in Washington State. It's less frequented and a bit wilder than many others; it's even closed during the colder months.

Best Hikes in Washington State’s National Parks
Apr 12, 2024
Matt Wastradowski / Backpacker

Washington’s three national parks host some of the best hikes in the state. Each offers natural scenery that showcases the best of the Pacific Northwest. North Cascades National Park comprises jagged peaks and alpine lakes.  

Survey: Four Washington Cities Rank Among Top Cities for a Career Switch
Apr 11, 2024
Antoinette Alexander / South Sound

Nestled between the Puget Sound and the North Cascades, Bellingham offers a vibrant economy with strengths in healthcare, education (home to Western Washington University), and retail. The city is known for its commitment to sustainability, active outdoor lifestyle, and a thriving arts and music scene

A farm off Lummi Island grows its crops underwater
Apr 11, 2024
Eric Riddle / King 5

"We're on Lummi Island. This is Legoe Bay right out here," said long-time Lummi resident Riley Starks. "Even before settlers came here, this was a favorite beach for the Lummi Nation." Now, Starks and others have teamed up to produce a crop new to commercial farming in our area.

Little-Known National Parks That Are Perfect For Family Vacations, According To Visitors
Apr 07, 2024
Sanjay Surana / Islands

Glaciers and alpine lakes with cool blue water draw visitors to this park, three hours from Seattle. North Cascades National Park offers grand scenery, with craggy peaks rising high into the sky and hundreds of glaciers dotted around the terrain.

50 Best Vacations in the U.S. to Explore America's Adventure Capitals
Apr 04, 2024
Men's Journal / Brittany Anas, Sal Vaglica and Men's Journal Editors

Bellingham is the sleeper Pacific Northwestern hotspot hiding between Seattle and Canada. It’s packed with hiking trails, singletrack, waterfalls, and a postcard bay for paddlers, beachcombers, and ferry-catchers to the San Juan Islands.  

10 Scenic Views You Can Only Find In Washington's National and State Parks
Apr 04, 2024
The Travel / Elizabeth O'Brien

North Cascades National Park and Birch Bay State Park 

Birch Bay State Park combines water sports like crabbing and paddling with hikes along the Terrell Marsh Interpretive Trail, making it ideal to visit time and time again in the summer months for hiking or camping.

Removing the barriers for people with disabilities
Apr 03, 2024
Salish Current / Catherinee Skrzypinski

Across the border in Bellingham, the city council adopted a plan in 2021 with a focus on pedestrian facilities within the city’s public right of way, including sidewalks, curb ramps and push buttons. “Bellingham recognizes that access is not just a civil right; it is a social responsibility to uphold and promote diversity and inclusion,” said Holly Pederson, ADA coordinator for the city.

Why All Your Favorite Spirits Are Changing Colors
Apr 03, 2024
Insidehook / Robert Haynes-Peterson

Meanwhile, in Bellingham, WA, at The Admiralty Lounge, owner Jabriel Donohue’s Coconut Milk Punch uses Empress Indigo Gin. Everything is prepped in advance, so guests miss the color change, but the bright pink finished product is still a dramatic sipper.  

Why I Love National Parks: An Insider’s Guide to Washington National Parks
Apr 02, 2024
Medium - Illumination / Melissa Herzog

North Cascades National Park 

April 20 is one of the 5 Free Admission days left this year for the National Parks in the U.S. If you are visiting Washington State or even live here and need a refresher, then let’s get started.

ArtSEA: Celebrating Richard Serra’s massive Northwest sculptures
Mar 28, 2024
Crosscut / Brangien Davis

You can experience one of his earlier steel works in Bellingham, at the Western Washington University Sculpture Collection. Among the stunning array of abstract works scattered outdoors across the campus (Isamu Noguchi! Nancy Holt! Donald Judd!) is Serra’s “Wright’s Triangle” (1979-80).

Attawapiskat filmmaker Jules Arita Koostachin honoured by Cascadia International Women's Film Festival
Mar 27, 2024
Dana Gee / Travel Vanouver

Vancouver-based, Attawapiskat filmmaker Jules Arita Koostachin will be receiving the Shirley Jo Finney Featured Filmmaker Award at this year’s Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival in Bellingham,

Best Time to Visit North Cascades National Park 2024 Guide
Mar 26, 2024
Michelle Stelly / The Wandering Queen

Located in the stunning state of Washington is North Cascades National Park. It’s a 500,000-acre area with an expansive glacial system, high flora biodiversity, magnificent views, turquoise waters, and even mountain goats.  

7 of the Most Beautiful US National Parks, According to Someone Who's Been to 59 of Them
Mar 25, 2024
Emily Hart / Business Insider

After traveling to 59 US national parks, a few stand out more than others. Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming tops my list of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.

America’s 10 Most Secluded National Parks for Peace and Quiet
Mar 25, 2024
Gael F. Cooper / Money Talks News

Breathtaking North Cascades National Park is less than three hours from bustling Seattle, but it might as well be a world away. Rugged mountain peaks, glacial waters and sprawling forests abound.

Grizzly Bears Might Be Returning to North Cascades National Park
Mar 25, 2024
Chris Malone Méndez / Men's Journal

For many years, North Cascades National Park and the surrounding Washington wilderness was home to countless grizzly bears. Now, after disappearing from the area nearly three decades ago, the bruins are set to be reintroduced to the region.  

10th Annual Bellingham Beer Week Kicks Off April 18th
Mar 18, 2024
Kendall Jones / Washington Beer Blog

Bellingham Beer Week is a ten-day celebration of Bellingham’s beer scene, featuring events at brewery taprooms and the city’s taphouses, culminating with one of the largest beer festivals in Washington state, April Brews Day on Saturday, April 28th.

Have the Best Night of Your Life at These 10 National Park Campsites
Mar 15, 2024
Laura Lancaster / Backpacker Magazine

Sahale Glacier Camp, North Cascades National Park, Washington

It’s hard to say which sight is more awe-inducing: the North Cascades’ night skies or its peaks. Experience unobstructed views of both from the foot of the Sahale Glacier—at 7,400 feet, this is the highest campsite on our list. 

The Public Transit Evangelist Who Knows How You Can Go Hiking Without a Car
Mar 13, 2024
Tobias Coughlin-Bogue / Thrillist

Amtrak Cascades and Alaska Marine Highway 

She has her sights set on a multimodal Alaska trip that would begin on Amtrak, switch to the famous Alaska Marine Highway (where travelers camp on the deck of a ferry for days at a time), and conclude in Denali National Park.

Celebrate 10 Years of Bellingham Beer Week
Mar 12, 2024
Brewpublic Staff / Brewpublic

Bellingham Beer Week is back for a 10th year! Breweries and taphouses all around Bellingham will be celebrating our city’s vibrant craft beer culture with a week of creative events and beer releases, leading up to the grand finale of Bellingham’s biggest beer festival- April Brews Day!  

7 Top-Ranked Towns In The Northern United States For Retirees
Mar 12, 2024
World Atlas


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk the streets in 1853? If that piques your interest, Historic Fairhaven, a National Historic District, is home to many cozy shops, restaurants, and parks that await your arrival.

11 Jaw-dropping Stops for a Washington State Road Trip
Mar 12, 2024
Megan Devlin / Daily Hive

Mount Baker and North Cascades

That giant mountain you can see while crossing the Lions Gate Bridge? Yeah, you can ski there. And it’s about the same distance from Vancouver as Whistler.

We love these five women-owned eateries in western Washington
Mar 11, 2024
Kim Holcomb / King 5 News

New Mexico Tamale Co.

If you’re on the hunt for authentic New Mexican food made with hatch chiles, head to Whatcom County. "I didn't know the big difference until I left, you take it for granted,” said owner Dora Ruiz. “As I traveled around the U.S. looking for that flavor I grew up with, that I hungered, I couldn't find it."

20 Breathtaking Lakes Worldwide That’ll Give You Serious Wanderlust
Mar 11, 2024
Chantelle Kincy / Flanney or Flip Flips

Diablo Lake, North Cascades National Park 

Known for its striking turquoise waters, Diablo Lake is a man-made reservoir surrounded by towering mountains. The lake’s vibrant color is due to the glacial flour (fine powder of silt) that is carried into the lake by melting snow and ice.

‘That Whoa Moment’: What’s So Special About North Cascades National Park
Mar 09, 2024
Eve Chen / USA TODAY

There are more than 400 miles of trail and popular activities include hiking, biking, rock climbing, canoeing, rafting and year-round backcountry skiing. But photography is also popular and there are lots of places to simply take in the views.

Popular Washington Trail System Opens Up To E-bikes
Mar 08, 2024
Zander Lingelbach-Pierce / Bike Magazine

In the last few years, as electric mountain bikes have surged in popularity, it has been a battle to legalize them. On February 26th, 2024, Galbraith Mountain, one of the most popular networks in Washington, recently legalized e-bikes. 

5 Unique Movie Theaters
Mar 06, 2024
Fabulous Washington / Kenzie Barrena

Pickford Film Center

Celebrate the magic of cinema with Pickford Film Center, an independent theater in Bellingham. The nonprofit film center is a two-screen (soon-to-be five-screen) setting, showcasing the latest in foreign gems, cult classics and avant-garde masterpieces. 

The Sprudge Guide To Coffee Shops In Bellingham, Washington
Mar 05, 2024
Tyler Hagan / The Sprudge

Idyllically situated between Vancouver, BC to the north and Seattle, WA to the south, the city of Bellingham is an outdoor enthusiasts dream, offering proximity to the Pacific Ocean, an abundance of pristine lakes, and sought-after ski hills. But residents of this jewel in the Pacific Northwest... also boast of their love for coffee.

2023's 10 Least Visited National Parks
Mar 02, 2024
Gina Carey / Newser

North Cascades National Park 

Hoping to beat the crowds on your next excursion? CNN Travel says these 10 US national parks will provide plenty of solitude. 

I Have Flown On Every Major Budget Airline In The U.S. And Mexico And These Are My 3 Favorite
Feb 29, 2024
Sam Sears / Travel Off Path

Allegiant Flight to Bellingham 

Allegiant may not have the largest route map, but I have found the flights to be enjoyable with one flight to Bellingham, Washington being the smoothest landing I've ever had in all my travels.

8 film festivals around Seattle to attend in March and April
Feb 27, 2024
Chase Hutchinson / Seattle Times

Bellingham Children’s Film Festival

If you’re looking for another reason to take a trip up to beautiful Bellingham for a two-day festival specifically geared toward the infinite imaginations of younger viewers, the Pickford has you covered. 

These Were the Most—and Least—Popular National Parks in 2023
Feb 27, 2024
Sarah Kuta / Smithsonian Magazine

North Cascades National Park 

America’s national parks are bouncing back from the Covid-19 pandemic: The National Park Service recorded 325,498,646 recreation visits at 400 federally protected sites in 2023, according to data released last week.

The least visited national parks in the United States in 2023 (North Cascades National Park)
Feb 26, 2024
Marnie Hunter / CNN

North Cascades National Park

Peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers tower over this alpine landscape. More than 1,600 species of plants have been identified on this land that spans temperate rainforest to a dry ponderosa pine ecosystem.  

Your Guide to the Best Things to Do in Bellingham
Feb 23, 2024
The Frugal Expat / Alec Sills-Trausch

Are you searching for an unforgettable and thrilling escape in the Pacific Northwest? Bellingham, Washington, is your ideal destination! Perfectly positioned between the majestic Mount Baker and the serene Bellingham Bay, this lively city boasts an abundance of activities and sights that will enchant visitors of all tastes. O

(Not so) hidden gems: More travelers are discovering America’s least visited national parks
Feb 22, 2024
Eve Chen / USA TODAY

North Cascades National Park

“Our national parks tell our shared American story. I'm glad visitors are finding hidden gems, exploring in the off-season and finding new ways to have a great time in our national parks,” National Park Service Director Chuck Sams said in a statement. 

Bellingham Bells to host return of WCL All-Star Game
Feb 21, 2024
Mihaela Buzec / Rent Cafe

Bellingham’s athletic footprint — and its fans — will receive a boost in exposure after the city’s West Coast League baseball team, the Bellingham Bells, was selected to host the league’s 2024 all-star event.

18 Best Weekend Getaways From Seattle Worth Planning
Feb 18, 2024
Karee Blunt / Our Woven Journey

Lummi Island 

Lummi Island is a tiny and remote island near Bellingham that is great for a quiet weekend getaway. At only 9.25 square miles in size, the island is so small that it doesn’t even have a gas station. But if a low-key weekend away from it all sounds appealing, then Lummi Island might be for you.

Exploring Hidden Gems: Lesser-Known National Parks Worth Visiting
Feb 17, 2024
Explore Nature Now

North Cascades National Park

For those seeking a wilderness adventure, North Cascades National Park in Washington is the perfect destination. Known as the "American Alps," this park is a paradise for hikers, climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts.

21 Best Day Trips from Vancouver in 2024 (By a Local)
Feb 15, 2024
Catherine Driver / Travel Lemming


There are plenty of amazing things to do in Bellingham, just over the border in Washington State. You’ll find the same spectacular scenery, but with added American charm. Hip breweries and heritage homes give Bellingham a funky vibe. Murals, outdoor sculptures, and totem poles show off the city’s love for the arts.

10 Valentine Ideas at a Discount Around the PNW
Feb 15, 2024
Jen / Thrifty Northwest Mom

Semiahmoo Resort

Want to give the gift of travel this Valentine’s Day? How about a getaway to a gorgeous spot in the PNW during the off-season for an affordable night or weekend away? We found rates as low as $145/nt at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, WA, located up on the border of Canada, thru March 2024.

Best Things to Do in Bellingham, Washington – A 3-day Itinerary
Feb 14, 2024
Kathryn Anderson / Coffee and Mascara

Bellingham is a vibrant city nestled in the heart of Washington state. A 90-minute drive from both Vancouver and Seattle, it is centrally located for those looking to escape the city. Even closer to the border is Lynden, a small town just outside of Bellingham that offers plenty of charm on its own.

Urban Trails Become Winter Wonderlands
Feb 07, 2024
Craig Romano / Washington Trails Associate

Between Bellingham and Mount Vernon lie the Chuckanut Mountains and Blanchard Hill, complete with a large network of trails, old-growth forests, lakes, and stunning views of Mount Baker, British Columbia’s Golden Ears and the San Juan Islands.

15 Last-Minute Romantic Getaways Across the U.S. to Take With that Special Someone
Feb 05, 2024
Lauren / Only in Your State

Bellingham Treehouse 

This treehouse in Washington State seems like a dream come true. Built amongst the trees and overlooking the stunning area of Bellingham, this destination is situated in one of the best spots to experience Washington’s famous beauty.

Bike, Hike, and Map Out Adventures on Bellingham’s Gravel Roads
Feb 01, 2024
Anna Diehl / Whatcom Talk

Among mountain bikers, “gravel grinding” has emerged as a subculture specialized for gravel roads. From logging roads to trails to city streets, Bellingham’s gravel holds untold adventures for outdoor recreationists. In 2023, Gravel Adventure Field Guide published its edition on Bellingham.

These Are the Most Underrated National Parks in the U.S., According to Reddit
Jan 26, 2024
Evie Carrick / Travel & Leisure

North Cascades National Park 

When it comes to genuine, unfiltered travel advice from real people, there’s no place like Reddit. And every once in a while, the travel community really shows up, sharing their favorite spots, tricks, and hacks. 

Take a Tour Through Bellingham’s Old Town, Whatcom’s Historic Townsite on the Noisy Water
Jan 25, 2024
Anna Diehl / Whatcom Talk

At the mouth of Whatcom Creek, signs on Bellingham’s waterfront buildings denote an “Old Town” — traditionally the oldest part of a city. Throughout the Columbia and Letter Streets neighborhoods, bordering the Central Business District, visitors can observe this original townsite of Whatcom.

Short Winter Day Trips from Seattle
Jan 19, 2024
Allison Williams / Seattle Met

Chuckanut Drive 

Calling it a spa isn’t quite enough. Bow Sanctuary on Chuckanut Drive includes massage services and a sauna, yes, but also yoga classes and Qigong energy treatments. Workshops cover handling grief or finding community through tea service, and tranquil outdoor acres are tended by a garden club. A new cafe rounds out the spot as a full-day mindful retreat.

Where Washington Wolverines Roam
Jan 18, 2024
Christine Clarridge / Axios Seattle

North Cascades National Park 

Wolverines are found at high elevations in the Cascade Mountains from North Cascades National Park and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and Mount Adams, as well as in northeastern Washington, per WDFW. Because the animals are loners, live in remote areas, shy away from people and have huge territories — a home range of over 1,000 square kilometers is not unusual for a male — they are extremely hard to study, Lewis said.

Cozy Winter Patios in the Pacific Northwest
Jan 18, 2024
Becky Garrison / SIP Magazine

Galloway's and Stones Throw Brewery 

Now that temperatures have dropped, thoughts turn to keeping warm by the fire armed with a belly warmer. Many Northwest establishments bring out the heaters so diners can stay warm in their outdoor spaces while enjoying their fare. But some add to this winter warmth by offering a truly elevated outdoor experience. Below, find cozy winter patios to visit in the Pacific Northwest.

A Frigid Microadventure Filled With Eagles And Views of Mount Baker
Jan 16, 2024
Dalton Johnson / Men's Journal

Point Roberts

I went for a walk out the backdoor of my cute cottage Airbnb by the sea to see what's around. I'm on this strange exclave called Point Roberts, WA and it was 8F this morning, now my phone says 19F. That's cold, especially for a casual walk. Like the Michelin man, I set outside in my puffy outfit from head to ankle and head for the cliffs.  

The Bad Hiking Habits We’re Keeping in 2024
Jan 16, 2024
Backpacker Staff / Backpacker

North Cascades National Park 

On my hike up Cascade Pass and the Sahale Arm in North Cascades National Park, I passed hundreds of other people—but with endless mountain views, there was room enough for all of us. That day, I also hiked by baby mountain goats, and found a quiet (enough) spot to eat my lunch and marvel at the glaciated peaks around me. While hiking solo, it can also be comforting to know other people are around in case something goes wrong.

Bry’s Filipino Cuisine Will Open a Brick-and-Mortar in Bellingham
Jan 16, 2024
Madison Ballinger / What Now Seattle

According to a recent permit filing, Bry’s Filipino Cuisine will soon open a brick-and-mortar in Bellingham at 1151 N State St. "Bry’s will have traditional and modern-style Filipino food with a nice ambiance and a bunch of specialty cocktails. Some cocktail ideals will be ube cocktails or mango cocktails. I’m still working on that! I’m a chef, but not really an experienced bartender, so I decided to go to bartending school. I’m also currently a board member of Bellingham’s Farmers Market, and I started my business there," owner and chef Bryan Matamorosa told What Now Seattle.

Your Guide to the Best Things To Do in Bellingham
Jan 15, 2024
Alec Sills-Trausch / MSN

Are you searching for an unforgettable and thrilling escape in the Pacific Northwest? Bellingham, Washington, is your ideal destination! 

Perfectly positioned between the majestic Mount Baker and the serene Bellingham Bay, this lively city boasts an abundance of activities and sights that will enchant visitors of all tastes.

11 Most Scenic Pacific Northwest Road Trips
Jan 13, 2024
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North Cascades, Seattle to Vancouver, & Cascade Loop 

My home region is one of the most beautiful in the country. Home to looming mountains begging to be explored to rugged coastlines, expansive deserts, and quirky cities, the best way to see it is to take one of the following road trips.

10 of the most beautiful places in the US, according to someone who's been to all 50 states
Jan 12, 2024
Emily Hart / Business Insider

North Cascades National Park

Growing up in the Midwest, I often saw photos on calendars or computer-screen wallpapers that seemed like they couldn't be real.

The towering mountain peaks, jagged coastlines, and unique rock formations were so different from what I saw in my daily life that I couldn't imagine they existed.

Bellingham chef makes art using scraps, blood and more from the kitchen
Jan 11, 2024
Jackie Varriano / The Seattle Times


The compact walk-in cooler at Carnal is pristine. The floor gleams. The metal shelving is buffed to a high shine, stocked with clear, neatly organized and labeled containers of produce, proteins and sauces. The Bellingham restaurant focuses on regionally sourced ingredients, and there are plenty of those to be prepared and served...

Best birding days are here for Seattle
Jan 11, 2024
Christine Clarridge / Axios

Seattleites may see some of the best bird-watching opportunities of the year over the next few days and weeks as migratory birds from farther north flee the polar vortex, according to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW). A few local highlights, per WDFW, include black brant geese, harlequin ducks, dunlins, sandpipers and oystercatchers that are often found along Puget Sound shorelines from Tacoma to Bellingham.

Visiting Point Roberts: Elusive and Complex Washington State History at Monument Park's Boundary Marker Number One
Jan 09, 2024
MJ Fenn / HubPages

At Point Roberts, Washington State, Boundary Marker Number One in Monument Park seems to evoke a lot of questions and even quash assumptions. There, in this quiet, Washington State park situated on a bluff overlooking the Pacific's Strait of Georgia, one suddenly comes face to face with rather a lot of history.

Looking to Hike in Alaska? Try Embarking by Ferry.
Jan 07, 2024
Peter Moore / Outside

Imagine a $466, 3-day cruise from Bellingham, Washington, to Juneau, Alaska—a great jumping off point for further ferry or foot exploration. Long-haul Alaska ferries have a designated area where you can pitch your tent and while away your chug from here to there. Here’s the guarantee: The views will be sublime, and you’ll have plenty of time to admire them when the summer sun shines for eighteen hours. 

9 Picture-Perfect Towns In The Pacific Northwest
Jan 04, 2024
World Atlas


The cobblestoned community, nestled quaintly against the shores of Bellingham Bay, is full of natural beauty and Victorian elegance. The heart of its unique spirit is the central Fairhaven Village Green, an eclectic space filled with boutiques and local eateries. The annual 93-mile Ski to Sea Race ends in Fairhaven, while Boulevard Park offers waterfront trails with access to stunning bay views.

7 National Parks Where You Might See The Northern Lights
Jan 03, 2024
Jessica Tucker/The Travel

North Cascades National Park, Washington

Short hikes out to Diablo Lake Overlook and Washington Pass allow visitors to be enveloped in darkness. And while the best viewing time is in the fall through spring, with the trails always being open and the chance that the Northern Lights could be seen in the summer, there truly is no bad time to visit this lesser-known national park.

10 Most Beautiful National Parks In Washington State
Jan 03, 2024
Jessica Bayley/The Travel

Larrabee Park

Larrabee Park features a stretch of shoreline along Samish Bay. Visitors can enjoy views of the bay, the San Juan Islands, and the surrounding coastal landscapes. Larrabee Park is conveniently located along Chuckanut Drive, a scenic byway renowned for its coastal views, farmland scenery, and access to outdoor recreation.

7 Perfect Washington Ski Towns You Will Never Want to Leave
Jan 03, 2024
Mandy Trotti/AZ Animals


What makes Bellingham a perfect Washington ski town is Mount Baker. The stratovolcano, originally named Koma Kulshan, meaning “Great White Watcher,” is east of Bellingham. The mighty peak is among the highest in the Cascade range and is home to the Mt. Baker Ski Area.  

The Beauty of Bellingham
Jan 03, 2024
Lauren Kramer / Banking Business Magazine

Visit Bellingham, and you can't deny the beauty of this city, with its winning combination of mountains, lakes, oceans, and forests. Add the energy of a small college town replete with great bookshops, cozy cafes and restaurants, and a full year-round roster of fun events on the calendar, and there's never a bad time to visit. 

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The 6 Best Hikes Backpacker’s Editors Did In 2023
Dec 26, 2023
Backpacker Editors/Backpacker

Cascade Pass and Shale Arm, Washington

This foray into North Cascades National Park made me feel like I’d stepped into the Alps. Under a crystal-clear sky, I discovered the pure magic of summer in the Pacific Northwest. After gradually ascending through the forest, the trail bursts into the alpine with views of jagged granite ridgelines, streaming waterfalls, and glacier-carved valleys.

10 Picture-Perfect Towns In Washington
Dec 23, 2023
World Atlas Staff


Along the shores of Bellingham Bay, Fairhaven provides a mix of Victorian elegance and natural beauty. The historic Fairhaven district is transporting, with its cobblestone streets and well-preserved buildings. Explore the Fairhaven Village Green, a central gathering space surrounded by boutique shops and local eateries.

10-Day Itinerary For Washington National Parks
Dec 21, 2023
Nicole Hansen/The Travel

Day 6: North Cascades National Park

The fact that North Cascades National Park is free to enter doesn’t mean it isn’t still worth at least one full day of enjoyment. Indeed, like many national parks, guests could easily spend a full day simply exploring the best hiking trails in North Cascade National Park, wandering through the forests, along rivers, and near crashing waterfalls.

National Parks in Washington State: 7 Hidden Treasures You Should Know About
Dec 21, 2023
Rachel Dennis/The Manual

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest: Geologically diverse and rich

Skiing and snowboarding are available, and in the winter, waterfalls in the locale are transformed into majestic walls of ice. The area is also known for its exceptional birding opportunities, with over 300 species being spotted in the forest.

Enjoy A Classical Christmas When You Visit This Charming College Town In Washington
Dec 21, 2023
Andrea Verschuyl/Only In Your State

The big day may be approaching, but that doesn’t mean you can’t plan a last-minute Christmas trip in Washington. For a low-key holiday outing, I recommend going up to Bellingham. This charming college town is jam-packed with delightful yuletide recreation. It’s also the perfect place to find those stocking stuffers you haven’t found yet!

10 Awesome Winter Day Hikes
Dec 20, 2023
Diane Duffard/The Trek

Baker Lake Trail

While most other Cascadian trails are buried under snow, the Baker Lake Trail’s low elevation makes it an excellent winter adventure with old-growth forests, spectacular views of Mount Baker, and the beautiful Baker Lake itself. Camping areas outfitted with fire pits and vault toilets offer the opportunity to turn your hike into an overnight trip if you so desire.

15 Incredible Natural Wonders In Washington That Defy Explanation
Dec 18, 2023
Courtnie Erickson/Only In Your State

8. Mount Baker Scenic Byway

We may be cheating a little bit, but every mile of the Mount Baker Scenic Byway is filled with remarkable scenic vistas and incredible overlooks. This 57-mile scenic drive travels from Bellingham to Artist Point and ends at the base of Mount Baker. This byway actually contains some of the most photographed landscapes in the Pacific Northwest.

25 years ago, Mount Baker Got a Record-Setting 1,140 Inches of Snow
Dec 16, 2023
Luke Whelan/The Seattle Times

In December 1998, Jeff Hambelton graduated from Western Washington University with big plans: to become a snowboard bum for the winter. His timing was perfect: During the 1998-99 snow season, Mount Baker received 95 feet of snow, setting the national and world record for the most snowfall in a year. The mark stands 25 years later. No annual total has since come close, at Mt. Baker or any other ski hill on the planet.

12 Small Town Gateways In Washington Perfect For Families
Dec 16, 2023
World Atlas Staff

Birch Bay

Birch Bay is a thriving bayside town on the Canadian border. The crystal waters with far-off islands make for excellent rural views in this small town. Visitors can relax on Cottonwood Beach and watch the sunset over the water. Fans of golf will be delighted by the award-winning Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club, which is open year-round to members only. However, public lessons and events are available.

‘Labor of Love’ Motivates Scrappy Nordic Ski Club in North Cascades
Dec 15, 2023
Gregory Scruggs/The Seattle Times

Salmon Ridge Sno-Park is the main trailhead to access some 14 miles of forest roads maintained by the Nooksack Nordic Ski Club for groomed skiing, plus many more miles of ungroomed backcountry trails. Founded in 1992 by a group of Whatcom County cross-country enthusiasts, the volunteer club has cultivated a small but mighty nordic community in an unforgiving setting that receives snow and rain in seemingly equal measure.

Choose a Snowshoe Adventure: Self-Guided Routes and Guided Trips in WA
Dec 14, 2023
Alicia Erickson/The Seattle Times

Artist Point

Snowshoe through a wintry forest scene at one of the best viewpoints in the state. Popular Artist Point near Mount Baker gets reliably high amounts of snow along with stunning views of the Cascades and Baker Lake.

Where Should You Ski This Winter? Your Guide to 10 Cascade Slopes
Dec 13, 2023
Gregory Scruggs/The Seattle Times

Mt. Baker Ski Area

It snows here. A lot. Mt. Baker Ski Area still hangs its hat on the world-record-breaking 1998-99 season, when it snowed 1,140 inches. Modest elevation can affect snow levels, so watch the weather closely before making this long day trip from Seattle.

5 Underrated National Parks To Visit In 2024
Dec 12, 2023
Sam Sears/Travel Off Path

North Cascades National Park

Beyond comparable to more popular National Parks, the North Cascades are a sight to behold in northern Washington. With jaw-dropping glaciers, mountains, and clear lakes, it’s shocking that it’s not pinned on more maps.

12 West Coast Small Towns You Should Visit
Dec 10, 2023
Sydney Baker/Yardbarker

Bellingham, Washington

Just 25 miles from the Canadian border, this university town is popular with young people, international visitors, and outdoor lovers. You can hike in the nearby mountains, relax on Lake Whatcom or Padden, or hop around the multiple breweries and cafe hoppers.

This Scenic Washington Snowshoe Trail Has 4 Miles of Mountain Views
Dec 09, 2023
Curiocity Staff

Snow is on the way to Washington and it’s time to get out your snowshoes. This weekend, consider a trip to the scenic and aptly named Artist Point in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

The Growing Glacier of Mount Baker
Dec 08, 2023
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

One northern Washington town finds new life on a quiet highway east of Bellingham. 

There are no glaciers in Glacier. In fact, you can’t even see any ice sheets from the center of town, though some nearby viewpoints afford a look at the snowy top of Mount Baker, about 10 miles to the southeast. 

Your Guide to the Best of Seattle and the State of Washington
Dec 07, 2023
Lucy E Cousins/International Traveller

Immerse Yourself in Washington State Nature 

For more driving (and less ghosts) try scenic Chuckanut Drive and mountainous Chinook Pass. For mountain bikers, Galbraith Mountain just outside of Bellingham, offers over 105 kilometres trails across 2800 acres. There’s a trail for every skill level.

Here are 7 Unforgettable Washington Winter Day Trips
Dec 06, 2023
Curiocity Staff


Bellingham is quaint, the drive is stunning and there is so much to do and see along the way. Cruise down Chuckanut Drive for views of Bellingham Bay and stop at Taylor Shellfish Farms for a taste of some of Washington’s best oysters.

The 9 Best Resorts for Snowboarders in the U.S.
Dec 04, 2023
Brent Thomas/SnowBrains

Mount Baker, WA

In 1985, Mt. Baker was one of the first—if not the first—ski area to allow snowboarders. The terrain at Baker is like a giant skateboard park with rollers, gullies, banks, hips, cliffs, and tons of other natural features. The massive snowfall is also well-known. 

Discover Just How Tall Mount Baker Really Is
Dec 02, 2023
Telea Dodge/AZ Animals

Mount Baker rests at 10,786 feet above sea level. It has a prominence of 8,812 feet and is listed as North America’s 28th most-prominent peak. It is also one of the ten highest peaks in the entire Cascade Range. This range spans several states and a portion of British Columbia in Canada.

Every State’s Best December Events in 2023
Dec 01, 2023
Scott Hartbeck/Travel Pulse


The Victorian town of Fairhaven will hold its Winterfest celebration (select dates throughout December) and lastly, there’s no better place to be in the Pacific Northwest on New Year’s Eve than Seattle, as the Emerald City will once again put on a spectacular fireworks display with its iconic Space Needle serving as a backdrop.

These Are Washington’s Independent Ski Areas
Nov 28, 2023
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

Mt. Baker Ski Area

“Our focus is on the home mountain experience,” says CEO Gwyn Howat. That means no advance sales with variable pricing, just sub-$100 day tickets and limited season pass sales. With steep slopes on the shoulder of Mount Shuksan (Baker itself is a few miles away) and record-breaking snowfall from marine air, beginner terrain is limited; out-of-bounds powder slopes are legendary.

The Best New Restaurants in America, 2023
Nov 28, 2023
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Bistro Estelle - Bellingham, Washington

It’s not that it took a trio of EMP alums to put Bellingham, Washington—a small city north of Seattle and just shy of the Canadian border—on the map. That happened back in 1903 when it was incorporated. But the culinary credentials of the chef and his partners undoubtedly make the town more delicious. Bistro Estelle is their third restaurant in less than three years.

The Best Uncrowded Ski Resorts in America
Nov 28, 2023
Mackenzie Moran/On The Snow

Mt. Baker, Washington

North of Seattle, and just south of the Canadian border, sits Mt. Baker, a true Pacific Northwest ski resort in Washington’s Northern Cascades. Locally owned and operated since 1953, Mt. Baker Ski Area is another great location for skiers and snowboarders looking to ride epic terrain and catch endless views without the lift lines.

Here's 5 Reasons To Visit Skagit County In 2024
Nov 27, 2023
Dalton Johnson/Men's Journal

Sip Tea at Willowbrook Manor

This charming Victorian-style manor offers a unique experience for tea enthusiasts. Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea amidst the serene ambiance of the manor's gardens and chamomile farms. Willowbrook Manor also hosts private tea parties, scenic bike tours, and even overnight stays, providing a delightful escape into Victorian charm.

Discover 10 of Washington’s Most Beautiful and Iconic Hiking Trails
Nov 26, 2023
Jennifer Hollohan/AZ Animals

Blue Lake

Another gem in the Northern Cascades is Blue Lake. But what sets this trail apart is that the reward comes quickly. A gorgeous and pristine lake, surrounded by granite peaks, lies only about two miles from the trailhead. Plus, the trail sits right off Highway 20, making it highly accessible.

This North Cascades Hike Has a Cable Bridge Over a Beautiful River
Nov 25, 2023
Curiocity Staff

Looking to get outdoors? Embark on a beautiful journey through nature on the Baker River Trail, where old trees and mossy boulders create an easy, mid length hiking adventure. On your 5.2 mile roundtrip hike, you’ll wander alongside the Baker River, splashing through stream crossings and encountering open areas teeming with alder, huckleberry, and salmonberry during spring and summer months.

Critic’s List: Joe Stange’s Best in 2023
Nov 22, 2023
Joe Strange/Craft Beer & Brewing

Otherlands Haładuda Specjal (Bellingham, Washington) - This was one of our Best 20 in 2022, but guess what? I got to drink it again. Bright and fresh and light yet unreserved, this Polish-hopped pilsner has a white-flower nose like chamomile over brioche, but then that loaf warms into a malt-cookie that reminds me of sticking my nose into krugs at Franconian kellers. The bitterness is ample yet supple, never harsh.

Last of the Reef Netters: Decline of an Indigenous, Sustainable Salmon Fishery
Nov 21, 2023
Liz Kimbrough/Mongabay

“Some mornings, the sun’s hitting that reef net just right and it’s like I know it’s talking to me,” said Ellie Kinley, a member of the Lummi (Lhaq’temish) Nation and the last Indigenous permit holder of an ancient salmon-fishing practice. Her reef net rig, parked on the shore of Lummi Nation, serves as a reminder of a once-thriving Indigenous fishing tradition that, for now, sits idle.

This US Ski Resort Receives The World's Greatest Snowfall In Winter
Nov 19, 2023
Maria Bou Ink/The Travel

The 10,781-foot-tall (3286 meters) Mount Baker is located in the beautiful Northern Cascade Range, close to the Canadian border, approximately 1.5 hours drive east of Bellingham, Washington. With an incredible 1,140 inches (28.95 meters) of snowfall between November and April in the 1998–1999 season, Mt. Baker broke a world record for the greatest snowfall in a single season.

20 Best Snowboarding Resorts in the World, According to Expert Boarders
Nov 18, 2023
Evie Carrick/Travel + Leisure

Mt. Baker Ski Area, Washington

Its name may state it’s a “ski area,” but in many ways, Baker is a snowboarder haven. It was one of the first areas, if not the first ski area to allow snowboarding, and has been run by the Howat family for over 50 years. “It’s impossible to say enough about this mountain,” confirmed Sandor. “A small, independent mountain with some of the mightiest terrain, this should be on the top of every snowboarder’s list.”

This Cool Death Cab For Cutie Coffee Collab Is Perfectly Pacific NW
Nov 16, 2023
Leslie Kelly/Forbes

What could be a more fitting way to celebrate a special anniversary a pair of groundbreaking albums from Pacific Northwest legends than a commemorative coffee blend? Camber Coffee in Bellingham stepped up with some very cool beans, tasted and approved by members of Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service.

10 Of The Most Beautiful Hiking Trails In Washington State As Of 2023
Nov 11, 2023
Corbin Lee/The Travel

The Park Butte Lookout, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

As one of the most beautiful Washington hikes, this trail truly has it all, boasting vibrant wildflower-dotted meadows, wild mushrooms, panoramic views of Mt. Baker and the surrounding Cascades, and rolling waterfalls.

The Marvels of an I-5 Road Trip
Nov 10, 2023
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

Six miles of trails curve through Sehome Hill Arboretum, a natural space next to Western Washington University’s campus. The soaring trees and a restored tunnel in a sandstone outcropping—originally excavated for Model T–era cars to putter through the park—have a way of making civilization feel distant, but views of Bellingham emerge from the top of a 41-foot observation tower.

10 Most Beautiful Alpine Lakes That We Promise Are Worth The Hike To See
Nov 08, 2023
Kelsi Klembara/The Travel

Thornton Lakes

The Thornton Lakes in North Cascades National Park offer travelers a trifecta of alpine beauty. Hikers get their payoff in epic mountain vistas, wildflowers, and serene waters.

18 U.S. National Parks You Can Visit for Free
Nov 07, 2023
Rob Hayek/AZ Animals

North Cascades National Park

Originally established in 1968, North Cascades National Park has become a beacon for the state and is only three hours away from Seattle. There are no entrance or parking fees. However, you have to pay if you wish to camp overnight.

The 25 Tallest Waterfalls in the United States
Nov 06, 2023
Niccoy Walker/AZ Animals

Cloudcap Falls – Washington – 2,402 Feet

There are four prominent waterfalls on Mount Shuksan’s southeast flank in North Cascades National Park in Washington state. Cloudcap Falls it the tallest of the waterfalls and it cascades 2,400 feet over Jagged Ridge.

From Deception Pass to Orcas Island, 10 Places to Admire CCC Work in WA
Nov 03, 2023
Gregory Scruggs/The Seattle Times

Heather Meadows Visitor Center

Go east on Highway 542 toward Mt. Baker Ski Area until the road dead-ends at its winter closure (approximately October to June). Here you’ll find a handsome pitched-roof timber structure perched on a rock ledge.

Best College Towns On The Pacific Coast
Nov 03, 2023
World Atlas Staff

Bellingham, Washington

This town provides students and tourists with numerous engaging activities — from everyday scenic views at Bellingham Bay, where you can catch sunsets with the mighty Mount Baker towering in the background, to a variety of quality restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, Bellingham has it all. 

More Than the Peace Arch: What to See and Do in Blaine, WA
Nov 03, 2023
Carol Pucci/The Seattle Times

Sitting above Drayton Harbor overlooking Semiahmoo Bay in the Strait of Georgia, Blaine, population 6,000, is what many consider a way station between Bellingham and Vancouver, B.C. Many pass through without stopping, but a pleasant few hours await those who do. A detour to what locals call the “Peace Arch City” can bring you solace before or after a long drive on Interstate 5.

On Lummi Island, Indigenous Reefnet Fishing Thrives in the Face of Extinction
Nov 03, 2023
Sarah Lohman/Thrillist

The technique, originally invented by the Straits Salish People, was banned by the Canadian government in the early 1900s, but has since been reintroduced by proponents like Riley Starks, a local reefnetter and executive director of the Salish Center for Sustainable Fishing Methods.

13 Ideal Destinations For A 3-Day Weekend In The Pacific Northwest
Nov 02, 2023
World Atlas Staff

Ross Lake Resort

Ross Lake Resort is one of the best places to stay to marvel at the gorgeous North Cascades National Park. It is located in Washington and is home to forested valleys, wetlands, swamps, more than 300 glacier-topped peaks, and 500 lakes and ponds.

50 Stunning Attractions To Add To Your North American Bucket List
Oct 27, 2023
Ella Buchan/MSN

#39 - Diablo Lake, Washington

The colour of Diablo Lake, in North Cascades National Park, is no trick of the eye or the light. The vivid, milky turquoise hue is very real, caused by flour-like particles that have been ground from rocks by surrounding glaciers. The lake does look even more spectacular when they catch the light, though, creating a breathtaking vista against the forested banks and mountain backdrop.

10 National Park Road Trips That Should Be On Your Bucket List
Oct 26, 2023
Nicole Hansen/The Travel

Washington National Park Road Trip

With dense evergreen forests, rocky shoreline, and the only temperate rainforest in North America, there is no doubt that Washington National Parks deserve to be on any road trip bucket list.The last stretch of this drive takes national park road trip travelers to North Cascades National Park, perhaps the most underrated of the national parks in Washington.

7 Scenic Motorcycle Routes in the US
Oct 26, 2023
Özgür Töre/FTN News

Cascade Loop, Washington

One of the major highlights of the Cascade Loop is the scenic drive through the North Cascades Highway, offering unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The Washington Pass Overlook provides a perfect spot to take a break and soak in the majestic beauty of the area.

Amtrak Just Rolled Out an Incredible New Service: ‘A benefit to the Entire Industry’
Oct 26, 2023
Tina Deines/Yahoo! Finance

Amtrak began operating its first intercity electric bus this August, making it the first electric vehicle in the company’s national network. The bus runs from Seattle to Bellingham, Washington, almost a 200-mile journey round-trip. The Van Hool 45-foot motor coach can make the trip on a single charge and seats up to 60 passengers.

10 Destinations In The U.S. Where You Can Count On It Snowing While On Vacation
Oct 25, 2023
Quinter Auma/The Travel

North Cascades National Park, Washington 

This is one of the spots to catch some of Washington’s most breathtaking views, especially in the winter. Located deep in the Cascade Mountain Range, the park sees a lot of snow in the cold season, making it one of the snowiest places in the world. 

Atlas Obscura - Whatcom Museum
Oct 25, 2023
Atlas Obscura

With 500 Taxidermied birds, jail cells from the 1800s, and a mysterious mannequin that’s been known to appear in the clock tower window (not an official exhibit, but a bonus), the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington, is a must-see. With 200,000 items in its care, the museum’s collections are a little like grandma’s attic—and you never know what new and surprising items will be on display. But the Whatcom Museum is also a Smithsonian Affiliate, hosting masterpieces from around the country.

Discover the 8 Most Remote Spots in Washington and How to Safely Get There
Oct 21, 2023
Brandy Stone/AZ Animals

Ross Lake + Diablo Lake

Nestled in the heart of North Cascades National Park, Ross and Diablo Lakes offer tranquility, adventure, towering peaks, and pristine waters. These glacial-fed lakes stretch for miles through canyons and valleys. This area is a haven for kayakers, boaters, and nature enthusiasts.

The Best Ski Destinations for 2024
Oct 19, 2023
Home To Go Staff

#3 - Mount Baker

Mt. Baker, located in Washington, offers a unique and exhilarating ski experience this season with its legendary deep powder and challenging terrain, making it a magnet for avid skiers and snowboarders. Besides the epic slopes, the mountain's picturesque surroundings and vibrant après-ski scene add to the fun and uniqueness of this winter destination.

15 Best Day Trips From Vancouver, BC
Oct 17, 2023
Breanna Farrell/Road Affair

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

This beautiful natural area is located only two hours from Vancouver and offers some pretty incredible natural beauty. In the wintertime, visitors will find excellent world-class skiing on the mountain at Mount Baker Ski Area, along with several other winter activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at Salmon Ridge Sno-Park.

These Are The 10 Most Unique (& Also Underrated) Places To Visit In The U.S.
Oct 16, 2023
Jessica Bayley/The Travel

Kayak In North Cascades, WA

Filled with paths that twist across the mountainous region of Washington, the North Cascades take nature lovers into paradise and sends travelers on a journey through woody brush, into pine forests, and across lakes that are bluer than Chris Pine's eyes.

USA To Canada: The Ultimate Seattle To Vancouver Road Trip Itinerary
Oct 15, 2023
Aunindita Bhatia/The Travel

Chuckanut Drive

Winding for 22 miles along steep coastal bluffs above the shores of Samish Bay, this nationally recognized scenic byway weaves through verdant forest with periodic overlooks of the water and islands below. A relaxing morning leading to an afternoon drive to take in the area's natural beauty makes way for a peaceful journey.

What To Know Of Washington State's Three National Parks (& What They Preserve)
Oct 15, 2023
Aaron Spray/The Travel

North Cascades National Park: The Wild National Park

North Cascades National Park protects some of the rugged mountains of the dramatic North Cascades with large wilderness areas. It is located up by the border with Canada and the protected zone extends into provincial parks on the Canadian side of the border.

Exploring Fall Foliage: 10 Scenic Road Trips In The Pacific Northwest
Oct 10, 2023
Emily Draper/The Travel

North Cascades Highway, Washington

Nicknamed “America’s Alps,” the North Cascades Highway is among the best fall road trips on the West Coast. It winds past alpine peaks and waterfalls over two mountain passes. Fall colors shine from October into early November.

Discover the 5 Largest College Campuses in Washington
Oct 10, 2023
Niccoy Walker/AZ Animals

Western Washington University - 215 Acres

This public university in Bellingham is the northernmost university in the contiguous United States. Western Washington University was founded in 1893 and sits on 215 acres along Bellingham Bay in Northwest Washington near the Canadian border.

Exploring The Pacific Northwest: 10 Must-Do Fall Hikes If You're In California, Oregon, Or Washington
Oct 09, 2023
Lauralyn Brown/The Travel

Chain Lakes Trail: Mount Baker, Washington

Chain Lakes Trail in Mount Baker Wilderness, Washington State, presents extraordinary fall colors, alpine lakes, and, of course, impressive views of Mt. Baker. This hiking trail is a more difficult 6.2 miles out-and-back style trail with over 1,820 ft. of elevation.

Top Places To Visit In The Pacific Northwest In The Fall
Oct 07, 2023
World Atlas Staff

North Cascades National Park, Washington

This national park is an all-in-one destination for scenic drives, hiking, and unwinding by a lake among the beautifully jagged North Cascades. Take the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20) underneath the peaks, often referred to as the “American Alps,” with a must-stop Diablo Lake Overlook from the parking lot. 

21 Best Day Trips From Vancouver, British Columbia In 2023
Oct 07, 2023
The Planet D Team

Point Roberts in Washington State

Cross the border to Point Roberts in Washington State for a distinct day trip experience. This relaxed destination offers a laid-back atmosphere, beautiful beaches, and a charming community perfect for a leisurely day trip. Stroll along the picturesque shoreline, explore the small town, and enjoy the serene atmosphere as you soak in the coastal beauty of Point Roberts.

National Park Escapes On A Budget: Visit 10 Of Nature's Wonders Without Breaking The Bank
Oct 07, 2023
Audrey Enjoy/The Travel

North Cascades National Park (Washington)

Located three hours away from Seattle, this Washington National Park is famed for its unparalleled rugged beauty.

In addition to its shimmering lakes and lush forests, it's also known for its more than 300 icy glaciers.

Gems Of The Pacific Northwest: 10 Best Outdoor Destinations For Adventurous Travelers
Oct 06, 2023
Robynne Trueman/The Travel

North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park is easily one of the most underrated and beautiful places in the United States. This gorgeous park is stunning year-round with vibrant blue pools to swim in during summer, crisp yellow leaves on the trees in the fall, and snow-capped peaks during winter.

10 Underrated National Parks To Visit In The Fall (To Avoid Crowds)
Oct 05, 2023
Emily Draper/The Travel

North Cascades National Park, Washington

Tucked away in the northern corner of Washington, North Cascades National Park offers breathtaking mountain scenery without the crowds of parks further south. In the fall, exploring the scenic hiking trails in North Cascades National Park offers gorgeous views of larches and other conifers turning vibrant yellow and gold amidst the jagged, snow-capped peaks.

Discover 8 States That Still Have Glaciers
Oct 04, 2023
Lev Baker/AZ Animals

Washington boasts numerous mountainous regions adorned with alpine glaciers. Precisely, there are 3,101 glaciers in the state, although only 186 of them bear names. Washington State takes second place in the U.S. (first in the contiguous U.S.) for its extensive glacial coverage, with a total area of 173 square miles of glaciers. North Cascades National Park in Washington is home to over 300 glaciers and numerous expansive snowfields. 

The Top 5 Fall Foliage Destinations In Washington and Oregon
Sep 28, 2023
Paul Drake/News Talk KFLD

North Cascades National Park

Also known as the “American Alps,” the North Cascades are full of evergreen pine trees sprinkled with golden larches and reddish orange maples, making it one of the most scenic fall destinations in the Northwest. Although challenging, Maple Pass Loop is a favorite for photographers and experienced hikers – be sure to check that the area is open before you hit the road.

Washington’s 2023 GABF Medal-Winning Breweries and Beers
Sep 27, 2023
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

Washington breweries brought home 14 medals from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) this year. Winners were announced yesterday in Denver. The competition is generally considered the nation’s most important beer-judging event. Here are some quick facts about the 2023 edition of the GABF: this year, three Washington breweries won two medals each: Cloudburst Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing, and Kulshan Brewing.

10 of the Best Places to See Fall Colors in Washington
Sep 27, 2023
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

Whatcom Falls Park

And finally, if you just want to enjoy a good old classic Washington park you should check out Whatcom Falls. Because you’ll get a beautiful drive up to Bellingham and get to enjoy a short 4-mile roundtrip hike to see a waterfall and some perfect fall colors.

The Five Least-Crowded National Parks to Visit This Fall
Sep 26, 2023
Alec Sills-Trausch/Montana Right Now

Easy Access National Park

Back in the lower 48, the last two national parks to explore for fall colors are Great Basin National Park and North Cascades National Park. These two parks are among the least visited, car-accessible national parks in the continental United States, according to 2022 park data. 

Discover the Top 10 Senior-Friendly Travel Spots in Washington
Sep 26, 2023
Jennifer Gaeng/AZ Animals


Nestled in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Bellingham is a dream spot for seniors seeking a perfect balance of outdoor adventure and urban charm. Tucked between the mountains and the sea, this vibrant city offers a multitude of experiences that cater to adventurous spirits.

The Seven Best Steaks In The Pacific Northwest Are Right Here In Washington
Sep 25, 2023
Andrea Verschuyl/Only In Your State

Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse, Bellingham

At this veteran restaurant, steaks are just as good as you remember your Grandpa making them. Enjoy punchy flavors in a cozy environment at this nostalgic Bellingham favorite.

10 Top Places To Visit In Washington In The Fall
Sep 24, 2023
World Atlas


Bellingham is one of the most charming cities in Washington, boasting scenic views of the Pacific Ocean from Bellingham Bay. Travelers can indulge in classic fall activities in the area, such as apple picking at Bellewood Farms, pumpkin picking at Stoney Ridge Farm, and scary stories at the Gore & Lore Tour.

These Small Towns In Washington Come Alive In Fall
Sep 22, 2023
World Atlas


The town of Blaine sits 35 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and is often known as "The Gateway to the Pacific Northwest." Blaine is home to Peace Arch International Monument and Park, which is also split with Canada, and visitors from both countries can visit at once.

Spectacular Fall Color Hikes
Sep 22, 2023
Allison Williams/Seatle Met

Yellow Aster Butte

If there was one blockbuster fall color hike, it’s this high elevation trail with a color already in its name. Only a few miles south of the Canadian border, it’s accessed via an unpaved road near Mount Baker Ski Area. The Cascade blueberry shrubs and heather plants put on a reliable show, and thanks to big views of rock formations and a lot of color-changing brush, it’s a popular destination.

Lummi Nation Brings Tokitae's Ashes Back to Bellingham
Sep 21, 2023
KING 5 Staff

The Lummi Nation brought the ashes of the last Southern Resident Orca in captivity back to Bellingham on Wednesday. Tokitae, also known as Sk'aliCh'elhtenaut to the Lummi Nation, was captured from the Puget Sound as a young orca and lived the next five decades of her life in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium. She died in August in the midst of efforts to bring her back to the Salish Sea to allow her to live out the rest of her life in a sea pen.

Former Professional Road Cyclist Phil Gaimon Wins Mount Baker Hill Climb
Sep 19, 2023
Soheli Tarafdar/Essentially Sports

On September 17, 2023, in a stunning display of cycling prowess, Phil Gaimon, the former professional road racing cyclist, made it to the top. His supreme reign marked his historic win in the 2023 Mount Baker Hill Climb, the first-ever sold-out edition of the event. Gaimon exhibited his prowess participating in a stiff competition with 370 other riders. 

Larch Season Is Upon Us! Here’s Where to See the Golden Trees While You Still Can
Sep 18, 2023
Alicia Erickson/Thrillist

North Cascades National Park

Located about a three-hour drive east from Seattle along the incredibly picturesque North Cascades Scenic Byway, North Cascades National Park is home to some of the best trails for larch viewing.

Leaf Peeping In US National Parks: Where To Go In September
Sep 16, 2023
Robynne Trueman/The Travel

North Cascades National Park, Washington

This park is home to jagged peaks topped with over 300 glaciers. It’s aptly named for the cascading glacial waters that make their way from the peaks into the valleys. From the second week of September, visitors get a special treat with glimpses of fall foliage starting – in this part of the country, some of the most spectacular fall foliage is the golden hue of the larches.

Where Was The Deer Hunter Filmed? Vietnam War Movie’s Filming Locations Explained
Sep 16, 2023
Angel Shaw/Screen Rant

Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Nooksack Falls In Washington

Much of the praise that The Deer Hunter gets for cinematography is owed to the titular hunting scenes, which were shot in the beautiful Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and Nooksack Falls in Washington State.

Best Scenic Drives in Washington State: 10 Mini Road Trips You’ll Never Forget
Sep 14, 2023
Rob Taylor/2 Travel Dads

Winter / Summer Drive on the Mount Baker Highway

Have you ever done the scenic drive on the Mount Baker Highway? This 58-mile route takes you from the town of Bellingham to the Mount Baker Ski Area. Along the way, you’ll see panoramic views of the North Cascades and Mount Baker.

10 Most Scenic Drives In The Northwest Where You Can See Fall Foliage
Sep 13, 2023
Jason Dookeran/The Travel

Seattle To Vancouver

This epic road trip takes travelers all the way up to the Canadian Border, making for some truly remarkable sights. The bottom line is that road trip enthusiasts seeking a mesmerizing journey through the beauty of the fall season should look no further than the Seattle to Vancouver road trip route.

Amtrak To Offer An Electric Bus Option — See Which Two Cities It’ll Connect
Sep 12, 2023
Jim Flucher/Travel Awaits

As the first electric vehicle (EV) in the Amtrak National Network, the bus — which is owned and operated by charter bus and shuttle transportation company MTRWestern — can make the nearly 200-mile round trip on one charge, Amtrak explains.

The Most Charming College Town In Washington Is Home To Delicious Dining, Shopping, And More
Sep 11, 2023
Andrea Verschuyl/Only In Your State

Located just below the Canadian and United States border, this delightful community is your gateway to wilderness adventure, artistic innovation, and cultural exchange. Packed with evocative history and exciting attractions, you’re sure to find your new favorite things to do in Bellingham.

The 11 Best Places to Hike in Washington State
Sep 10, 2023
Sydney Baker/Yardbarker


This college town, located just 25 miles south of the Canadian border, is a fantastic hiking place. Although it’s not as well-known to out-of-town visitors, it’s popular with locals. The Chuckanut Mountains are the closest and have numerous trails to lakes, viewpoints of the ocean, and parks.

10 Best Places to Live in Washington, According to Local Real Estate Experts
Sep 10, 2023
Dobrina Zhekova/Travel + Leisure


This coastal college city of about 100,000 lies 90 miles north of Seattle and offers a taste of the classic Pacific Northwest lifestyle with stunning scenery, proximity to North Cascades National Park, many water activities, winter sports, and plenty of craft breweries and farm-to-table restaurants.

8 Best Places To Visit In Washington State In The Fall Season 2023
Sep 09, 2023
Viktor Vincent/Traveling Lifestyle

North Cascades National Park

The park has a number of trail loops that range from easy to difficult, and all of them offer the opportunity to see different landscapes, view how different types of plants deal with the change of season, and view the peaks and valleys in all of their fall glory.

What Are Your Favorite Travel Hacks?
Sep 08, 2023
Danial Adkison/The New York Times

Open Up Your World

Considering a trip, or just some armchair traveling? Here are some ideas.

  • Go North: Discover world-class scenery, sculpture and seafood in Bellingham, Wash., the Pacific Northwest’s lesser-known jewel within easy reach of Seattle.

Coffee Design: Camber Coffee 2023 Artist Series With Paige Bowman
Sep 07, 2023
Spurge Staff/Sprudge

We’re always delighted when Bellingham, Washington’s Camber Coffee collaborates with a visual artist for their annual Artist Series coffee offerings. This year, the team worked with Canadian illustrator and muralist Paige Bowman. Bowman’s work “explores themes of identity and transformation through intricate visual storytelling,” explains Camber Coffee’s Ryan Russell.

The 26 Best Campgrounds in Washington: Top-Rated & Hidden Gems
Sep 07, 2023
Beth/Only In Your State

11) Birch Bay State Park

Birch Bay State Park is a lesser-known beachfront camping destination in Washington. It's located just north of Bellingham and offers campers 147 standard sites and 20 partial hookup sites.

27 Best Places to Visit in Washington State (By a Local)
Sep 07, 2023
Chelsea Booker/Travel Lemming


Chuckanut Drive and Mount Baker Scenic Byway are two of the most notable scenic drives to take around Bellingham.  You’ll want to soak in all the sites and attractions around Bellingham, but the downtown area is also a perfect place to recharge with some fantastic seafood and a drink from any of the delightful cideries, breweries, or wineries.

33 Best Things to Do in Washington State (By a Local)
Sep 07, 2023
Chelsea Booker/Travel Lemming

Scenic Drives

If you want to traverse some of Washington’s enchanting landscapes, a scenic drive is a great way to do so. Chuckanut Drive is an option that takes you along Chuckanut Bay where the winding road hugs a beautiful sandstone cliff.

Best Ways to Experience Autumn in Washington State
Sep 06, 2023
Aoife O'Riordan

Scenic Drives and Byways

The state can’t be limited to just a few scenic drives, but there are some that, if you’re limited on time, promise exceptional sights. Meanwhile, Mount Baker Highway promises some of the finest views in Whatcom County, including Mount Shuksan reflected in Picture Lake.

Summer in the Inside Passage: Riding the Alaska Ferry
Sep 04, 2023
Ray Dubicki/The Urbanist

There are three very important things you need to know about taking the Alaska ferry from Bellingham, Washington to Juneau, Alaska. First, the trip is one of the most serene transits through a stunningly beautiful landscape that it is possible to take. Second, this is a boat operated by the State of Alaska, not an Amtrak train or a plane operated by a major airline.

Bellingham’s Sunnyland Fest Returns September 14th thru 17th
Sep 04, 2023
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

Today’s craft beer enthusiasts seem more interested in visiting brewery taprooms than attending beer festivals. The Sunnyland Fest in Bellingham takes place at eight brewery taprooms over the course of one long weekend. The object is to visit all of the taprooms in the Sunnyland neighborhood, each located within easy walking distance of the other, and sample beers.

Rider Flows Through Jumps At Sunset
Sep 02, 2023
Zander Lingelbach-Pierce/Bike Mag

There is nothing like a golden hour dirt jump session with the perfect vibe. This video was filmed at Trackside in Bellingham, Washington. Basically, there is a pump track and dirt jumps abutting an outdoor beer garden. Literally, everything you want in one location. There are multiple jump lines for all levels of difficulty. There are even community races on the pump track!

Tales of the Trails: How North Cascades National Park Manages 400+ Miles Of Trails
Aug 31, 2023
Kacee Saturay/National Parks Traveler

North Cascades National Park boasts an extensive network of trails, each with its own unique charm and breathtaking vistas. From the riverside view of Thunder Creek Trail to the more challenging and remote area of Copper Ridge Trail, there is something for every level of hiker.

The Best National Parks on the West Coast
Aug 31, 2023
Sydney Baker/Yardbarker

North Cascades National Park, Washington

A lesser-known Pacific Northwest park that is fondly called “the Caribbean of Washington” by locals. Come to escape the crowds and stay for electric blue waters, some of the best hikes in the country, and with fewer people to contend with on the trails!

Camber Coffee Crafts Perfectly Balanced Brews in Bellingham
Aug 30, 2023
Brandon Burnstead/Seattle Refined

In a region where coffee is almost ubiquitous, Camber Coffee stands out. Based in Bellingham, Camber has racked up a slew of accolades, including being named best coffee roaster in Washington state by Food & Wine Magazine.

Washington's Lummi People Mourn the Death of the Last Captive Southern Resident Orca
Aug 29, 2023
Bellamy Pailthorp/NPR

The last of these southern resident orcas, known by her stage name Lolita, died earlier this month in an aquarium in Miami. Many of the Lummi Nation in Washington state considered her family.

Here’s Your Camping and Outdoor Guide for the Pacific Northwest
Aug 29, 2023
Nick Hilden/The Manual

North Cascades National Park

Located in the north-central region of Washington state, the North Cascades National Park offers a staggering abundance of gorgeous scenery and just about every outdoor activity you can imagine.

Fall in Washington-Best Places to See Fall Colors in Washington State
Aug 28, 2023

North Cascades National Park is located in the northern part of Washington. This lesser known park offers fall colors starting in mid-September and is just 3-4 hours from Seattle. While in search for colorful foliage, families can enjoy hiking, backpacking, and water activities. The Cascade Loop is a great road trip to enjoy as the aspens turn yellow and the mountain ssh turn.

The Glaciers of the North Cascades, WA, in an Ever-Changing Climate
Aug 27, 2023
Matthew Oliphant/Snow Brains

Did you know that the most glacier-concentrated terrain in the lower 48 is in the North Cascades National Park, located in the northern section of Washington state? There are over ~250 active glaciers contained within this park’s boundaries.

Mount Rainier To The Cascades & More: 10 Most Scenic Fall Hikes In Washington State
Aug 26, 2023
Melissa Mullen/The Travel

Chain Lakes Loop

This trail has a 4.8-star review on Alltrails from over 3,300 reviews. Reviewers particularly like the views offered by this roundtrip trail.

Mount Rainier To The Cascades & More: 10 Most Scenic Fall Hikes In Washington State
Aug 26, 2023
Melissa Mullen/The Travel

Yellow Aster Butte

This 7.5-mile is one of the more challenging yet rewarding hikes in Washington State. Located at Mount Baker, the Yellow Aster Butte out-and-back roundtrip trail is a long trek, taking about 5 hours and 20 minutes to complete.

7 Underrated Destinations In Washington To Avoid Summer Crowds
Aug 25, 2023
World Atlas Staff

North Cascades National Park Region

The North Cascades Mountains and surrounding parks contain over 300 glaciers, lakes, forests, and campgrounds. Camping is open in designated campgrounds throughout the park from May until September.

Amtrak Announces Its First-ever Electric Bus Option — and It'll Operate Along This Popular Route
Aug 24, 2023
Stacey Leasca/Travel + Leisure

The new bus will provide daily, mid-day service to connect Seattle to Bellingham, with stops in Everett and Mount Vernon. It will connect to trains heading both to and from stations south of Seattle.

The 7 EPIC Wonders of Washington You Have to See to Believe
Aug 24, 2023
Embrace Someplace

#6: North Cascades National Park

Not only is North Cascades National Park the largest national park in Washington, but it’s also one of the most scenic in the country — largely thanks to the sweeping Cascade Range.

Tracing the Cascading Journey of Water From Mount Baker to Bellingham Bay
Aug 23, 2023
David Reddick/Powder

I found it on Washington State’s northernmost volcano, Mount Baker (10,786 feet). From it flows the Nooksack River, a free-flowing stream that is nearest to its pre-industrial state, headwaters to the estuary, as any other river in this region.

Leaf Peepers: 10 Places From The Fall Foliage Map You Should Know About
Aug 18, 2023
Luana Ferreiral/The Travel

North Cascades National Park, Washington

The mix of deciduous trees, such as maples and aspens, and the backdrop of the majestic North Cascades mountain range create a beautiful and vibrant display of fall colors.

Washington’s Bellingham Festival of Music Hires New Artistic Director
Aug 15, 2023
The Violin Channel

Marcelo Lehninger, 43, succeeds the Bellingham Festival of Music’s (BFM) co-founder and conductor laureate, Michael Palmer, who led the festival between 1993 and 2022, and will lead one concert per year as of 2025.

20 Things To Do In Bellingham WA
Aug 13, 2023
Mark Westwood/Travel2Next

The city of Bellingham in northwest Washington State is a coastal city with a population of about 100,000 people that’s a popular destination for outdoorsy types as well as summer holidaymakers from across the state and neighbouring Canada’s British Columbia province.

18 Best Hikes in Washington: The Top-Rated Hiking Trails to Visit in 2023
Aug 13, 2023
Jessica Moore/Only In Your State

Upper Lodge to Artist Point Trail

Upper Lodge to Artist Point Trail is a beautiful trail located within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in northern Washington. It ranks among the best winter hiking trails in the state with good snowpack and sweeping mountain views everywhere you look.

Hangtime 2023 Is In The Books- These Are The Best Clips So Far
Aug 11, 2023
Zander Lingelbach-Pierce/Bike Mag

On August 5th, 2023, Hannah Bergmann presented the third edition of Hangtime on Blue Steel Jumps in Bellingham, Washington. The event was a resounding success, drawing women from around the world for a jam on some world-class jumps.

How to Be a Respectful Mountain Biker
Aug 10, 2023
Zander Lingelbach-Pierce/Bike Mag

Access to trails depends on staying in the good graces of land managers and other user groups. On August 9, 2023, the advocacy group called the Whatcom Mountain Bike Coalition released a helpful guide on how not to behave as a mountain biker.

These Are the Most Beautiful Places to Shuck and Eat Oysters in the West
Aug 10, 2023
Krista Simmons/Sunset

Taylor Shellfish in Bow, Washington 

At Taylor’s Samish Oyster Bar and Shellfish Market, you can feast waterfront on oysters, mussels, clams, and more all with a postcard-worthy view of the lighthouse. The family-owned farm has been growing oysters in the Puget Sound since 1890, and it’s a true taste of Western heritage.

Maritime Washington National Heritage Area Launches Interactive Map
Aug 09, 2023
The Northern Light/Madisun Tobisch

The newly established Maritime Washington National Heritage Area rolled out a network of resources on its website to celebrate Washington’s seaside culture. 

Beat Poets Like Jack Kerouac Once Manned Our Fire Lookouts
Aug 09, 2023
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

What's the North Cascades equivalent of a deserted island? Desolation Peak, 16 miles by boat from the nearest road and 6,102 feet tall, topped with a simple one-room cabin. Every summer, a single worker trudges up the remote trail, hunkers down in the 81-year-old hut, and peers in all directions for signs of forest fire.

12 Unique Starbucks Locations Across The US
Aug 04, 2023
Dani Zoeller/Tasting Table

Peace Portal Drive — Blaine, Washington

In the coastal town of Blaine, Washington, a Starbucks location has taken a unique approach to blending in with the local aesthetics. Borrowing inspiration from its nautical surroundings, this Starbucks is ingeniously designed to resemble a lighthouse.

Best College Towns In Washington
Aug 01, 2023
World Atlas Staff


Outdoor lovers can enjoy the scenic walking trails and a series of waterfalls in Whatcom Falls Park, skiing activities at the Mount Baker Ski Area, mountain biking at Galbraith Mountain, spectacular cliffside views at Bellingham Chuckanut Drive, and many recreational activities at Larrabee State Park, Lake Padden, Lake Samish, and Lake Whatcom.

7 Farmers Markets to Visit This Summer
Aug 01, 2023
Lauren Kramer/Banking Business Magazine

The Bellingham Farmers Market ( began in the 1970s in various iterations, and as of 2006, found a permanent home in the Depot Market Square.

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Where Do Orcas Live? 10 Waters You Might Encounter Killer Whales
Jul 31, 2023
Crystal/AZ Animals

Bellingham, Washington

If you love whales, you should visit Bellingham, a city in Whatcom County, Washington State. It’s a fantastic place in the northern region near Mount Baker, where exciting wildlife adventures on the Salish Sea await.

6 Places to Explore on a Beachy Road Trip to British Columbia
Jul 29, 2023
Gregory Scruggs/The Seattle Times

Point Roberts

Geography nerds should jump at a chance to visit this Washington exclave, a tiny peninsula cut off from the rest of the Evergreen State by a surveying error.

17 Beautiful Towns on the U.S.-Canada Border You Should Visit from the American Side
Jul 28, 2023
Jeff Oganga/MSN

Point Roberts, Washington

It's an anomaly because to visit it by road, one has to drive 23 miles through British Columbia to access it. That is because it's not physically connected to the continental United States. 

Top 5 Places to Live for the Most Powder Days in the U.S.
Jul 27, 2023
Tyler Hatch/Snow Brains

2. Lynden, Washington 

Lynden, WA, is located a little over an hour away from Mt. Baker Ski Area, one of the snowiest resorts in the world. Mt. Baker Ski Area gets an average of more than 500 inches of snow a year and is also the record holder for most snowfall in a single season.

Top 10 Mountain Bike Destinations in the USA: 2023
Jul 26, 2023
Greg Heil/Strava Stories

Bellingham, Washington 

While Bellingham has long been a mountain biking hotbed, it has risen to prominence in recent years thanks to many of the local trails going legit. The Pacific Northwest (PNW) is renowned for its illicit mountain bike trails, and for years you had to know somebody to find the goods in Bellingham.

Seattle To Vancouver: 10 Things You'll Experience On The Scenic Cascades Train Route
Jul 25, 2023
Arianna Winslow/The Travel

2. Bellingham

Sitting in the shadow of Mount Baker is the adorable city of Bellingham. This city is known for its historic architecture and cute downtown area. 

8 Great Summer Weekend Getaways In Washington For Summer 2023
Jul 23, 2023
Viktor Vincej/Traveling Lifestyle

Semiahmoo Resort

Anyone who loves wildlife will want to pay a visit to Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor. It’s a great place to see different types of birds, aquatic animals, and unique fauna and flora.

Best Day Trips From Seattle to Experience the Wonder of the Pacific Northwest USA
Jul 22, 2023
Candi Hurst/She Buys Travel


Bellingham is situated between North Cascade National Park and Salish Sea, only 20 miles from Canada. People are flocking to the town lately thanks to its reputation as an outdoorsman’s paradise.

The Best Adventure Experiences in the U.S., From Coast to Coast
Jul 22, 2023
Evie Carrick/Travel + Leisure

Hike from Sea to Summit - Bellingham, Washington 

Bellingham, Washington sits between North Cascades National Park and the Pacific coast. Its trails range from easy waterfront routes to strenuous ascents ending at ice-blue glaciers. For views of the San Juan Islands, head out on an easy trail at Larrabee State Park.

Ultimate Guide To 2 Days in Bellingham, Washington
Jul 21, 2023
June Russell-Chamberlin/Wander With Wonder

The 1880s frontier town has grown into a community that thrives on art, craft beer, and outdoor adventures. Visitors will find plenty to do if you stay for a week or even if you only have 2 days in Bellingham.

15 Amazing Lakes in Washington State That Have Sandy Beaches
Jul 20, 2023
Kirstin Harrington/AZ Animals

Baker Lake

Within two hours of Seattle and a bit nearer to Bellingham is Baker Lake, which is well-liked all summer long. However, the lake’s enormous expanse and amenities help to keep things fairly dispersed.

27 Best Day Trips From Seattle In 2023
Jul 16, 2023
The Planet D Staff

Whatcom Falls Park

This little city park might sound unassuming, but it is one of the best day trips for waterfall hiking trails and ornate gardens. You walk along tiny paved hiking trails through heavily mossed forests – occasionally navigating stone bridges that look like something from a fairytale.

Fly Fishing in Bellingham Washington
Jul 14, 2023
Steve B Howard/NewsBreak

I graduated from Western Washington University in 2002 which is about 75 miles north of Seattle in Whatcom county. I lived in Bellingham for about two and a half years while I was attending Western Washington University. To say I spent a lot of my free time between classes fly fishing in this fabulous area would be a gigantic understatement. Bellingham itself and the rest of Whatcom county has some amazing places for people to cast a fly.

Travel + Leisure Readers' 25 Favorite National Parks of 2023
Jul 11, 2023
Annie Archer/Travel + Leisure

National parks with jaw-dropping scenery and abundant wildlife were the most adored by readers in our annual "World’s Best Awards" survey for 2023. According to Travel + Leisure readers, the best national parks in the United States set themselves apart with tantalizing natural attractions and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. 

21. North Cascades National Park, Washington

15 Jaw-Dropping Views in Washington That Will Blow You Away
Jul 10, 2023
Nikki Cleveland/Only In Your State

We all know how gorgeous The Evergreen State is. There are destinations all around where you can enjoy some of the most jaw-dropping scenery.

Mount Baker Scenic Byway

Drive along this scenic byway to see some of the most diverse landscape the state of Washington has to offer.

Inside the Least-Visited National Parks in the USA
Jul 07, 2023
Bailey Berg/Afar

North Cascades National Park

Home to more than 300 glaciers (the most of any park outside of Alaska) and upwards of 500 lakes, this 504,654-acre park is packed with scenic terrain, including meadows blanketed by wildflowers and rough-cut peaks, plus wildlife such as marmots, mountain goats, and moose.

Exploring The Evergreen State: 10 Best Hikes You Can Take In Washington
Jul 07, 2023
Quinter Auma/The Travel

Park Butte

Park Butte is among the most spectacular lookout hikes in the US. Located near Mount Baker, this is among the best trails in Washington State and offers unobstructed mountain views of Mount Baker, the Twin Sisters, and the landscape surrounding the North Cascades.

Looking To Get Outdoors But Avoid Crowds This Summer? These 7 National Parks Draw Some Of The Fewest Visitors
Jul 07, 2023
Molly Bohannon/Forbes

North Cascades National Park, Washington, 30,154 annual visitors: North Cascades is about three hours from Seattle and full of opportunities to hike, camp, boat or bike. 

22 Most Epic Waterfalls in the United States
Jul 05, 2023
Sydney Baker/Yardbarker

Colonial Creek Falls, Washington

Deep in North Cascades National Park lies Washington’s largest waterfall, one of the biggest in the US. Colonial Creek is 4,000 feet across and has 15 drops of over 2,500 feet. However, the only way to see it is via one of the not-so-easy hikes in the park, so bring boots and be prepared!

Best College Towns In The Pacific Northwest
Jun 30, 2023
World Atlas

 Bellingham, Washington

The Pacific Northwest is exemplified in Bellingham, the proper college town of Western Washington University (WWU). The dynamic setting is a defining element in Bellingham's personality, as it sits between the San Juan Islands and the North Cascade Mountains. 

5 Must-Visit Spots in Washington State for Nature Lovers
Jun 28, 2023
Ayah A/Travel Noire

North Cascades National Park

The stunning North Cascades National Park boasts a diverse landscape with a wide range of geographic features. There is a whopping 9,000-foot difference between the 500,000+ acre park’s highest and lowest points.

20 Washington State Parks
Jun 28, 2023
Harriet Comley/Travel 2 Next

20 - Larrabee State Park

Larrabee State Park is located on the right side of Samish Bay near Bellingham in northwestern Washington. The views at Larrabee State Park are like something from a postcard. This state park was also the first one in the Washington system.

The Dog-Friendly Tavern In Washington That Just Might Be Your New Favorite Hangout
Jun 27, 2023
Sherri Adams/Only In Your State

As much as we enjoy getting out and exploring the Evergreen State, it’s infinitely more fun with our faithful dog by our side. That’s why I’m excited to share Paws For A Beer, a dog-friendly tavern where guests are welcome and encouraged to bring their furry friends (we’re talking dogs here).

Spend a Weekend in Bellingham, WA
Jun 25, 2023
Elizabeth and Michael Fagin/AAA

A vibrant gem along the Pacific coast, Bellingham, Washington is where a city meets the sea, with its options for visitors to explore history, nature and culinary delights. Bellingham Bay sits on the part of the Salish Sea that runs from British Columbia to Washington State.

10 Places That Genuinely Feel Like Magic In Washington State
Jun 23, 2023
Joshua Chiedu/The Travel

9 - Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake is easily worthy of a place with the most beautiful lakes in the world, and it is indeed worth a flight to Washington State. Located in the North Cascade National Park, this lake is among the most enchanting places in Washington.

10 Of The Most Bizarre Exclaves & Enclaves Around The World
Jun 22, 2023
Aaron Spray/The Travel

Point Roberts: Exclave From The 49th Parallel

In the 1800s, the British and Americans were in competition to see who would control the upper Northwest Pacific. Eventually, the current border was agreed on, giving British Columbia to the British and Washington State to the United States.

The 8 Best Day Trips from Seattle
Jun 22, 2023
Becky Ohlsen & Doug Murray/Lonely Planet

4. Bellingham

If you like your adult beverages with a side of culture, start with a visit to the Whatcom Museum, a three-building collection of local and regional art, culture and history. You can also wander the well-preserved Fairhaven neighborhood, with its shops, restaurants and lovely bookstore, Village Books.

Stemma Brewing Celebrates its 4th Anniversary on June 23 and 24
Jun 21, 2023
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

When a new brewery opens in a town that already has a number of beloved breweries, it usually takes some time for the local crowd to warm up. That was not the case when Stemma Brewing opened four years ago in the brewery-rich town of Bellingham.

20 Cities In Washington State
Jun 18, 2023
Mark Westwood/Travel 2 Next

11 - Bellingham

The beautiful coastal city of Bellingham in the Evergreen State’s northwest corner is a laid-back destination 22 miles (35 km) from the Canadian border, making it an excellent base to explore Puget Sound and southwest British Columbia.

5 Incredible Washington Day Trips You Can Take By Train
Jun 17, 2023
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

1. Seattle to Bellingham (Amtrak Cascades)

Why not take a day train trip from Seattle and head somewhere else on an Amtrak train for the day? These European-style trains run along a 467-mile corridor.

9 Fantastic Restaurants In Beautiful Bellingham, Washington
Jun 16, 2023
Jane Russell-Chamberlin/Travel Awaits

When it comes to foodie towns, Bellingham may not be on your radar — but it should be. Located between the Salish Sea and Mt. Baker in northern Washington State, Bellingham is a food lover’s paradise. Locally owned restaurants take pride in creating their tasty fare with as many fresh, locally sourced, and organic ingredients as possible. 

Bellingham's Booming Beer Industry!
Jun 16, 2023
Fox 13 Seattle

Good Day Seattle and Studio 13 Live are on the road in one of Washington state's hidden gems, beautiful Bellingham! This morning Brian MacMillan spoke to Jon Dewitt, sales manager for Kulshan Brewing.

This Hike Takes you Across a Rustic Bridge Covering Turquoise Blue Water & it's Only 1.5 Miles
Jun 14, 2023
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

The Thunder Creek Trail is located within North Cascades National Park and begins in one of the park’s ancient forests. From there, the trail takes you into the heart of the park, following the turquoise blue, glacier-fed creek from its lower reaches all the way up to its origins on the slopes of Park Creek Pass.

13 Oldest Founded Towns To Visit In The Pacific Northwest
Jun 12, 2023
World Atlas

Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham’s location between the Cascade Mountains and the San Juan Islands made it a crucial trading post and transportation center after its incorporation in 1903. The Coast Salish peoples inhabited the coastal areas and islands around Bellingham Bay for thousands of years before the first Europeans reached its shores in 1853.  

8 Most Scenic Road Trips To Take In Washington
Jun 12, 2023
World Atlas

Mount Baker Highway

Spanning nearly 60 miles and officially known as State Route 542, the Mount Baker Highway is the northernmost highway in Washington State. Offering glimpses of the Canadian Rockies, this beautifully scenic road trip begins in the city of Bellingham and leads all the way to the Artist Point hiking area.

10 National Parks to Avoid the Summer Crowds
Jun 02, 2023
Elisabeth Kwak-Hefferan/National Geographic

North Cascades National Park, Washington

Known as the “American Alps,” this park holds more than 400 miles of trails that take hikers and horseback riders to wildflower meadows, old-growth forests, glacier viewpoints, and remote lakes.

Say 'Cheese!' You Can Meet the Cows Whose Milk Creates Cheese at Ferndale Farmstead
Jun 02, 2023
Kim Holcomb/King 5 Evening

You've likely heard the phrase "farm to table,” but what about "seed to cheese?" That’s the motto at Ferndale Farmstead in Whatcom County, a family-run dairy farm and cheesemaking business.

31 Best Things to Do in Bellingham, WA (in 2023)
May 31, 2023
Chelsea Booker/Travel Lemming

I’m a Washington local with insights into the absolute best things to do in Bellingham!

Bellingham is the largest city in Whatcom County and one of the best places to visit in Washington state. You’ll find plenty of exciting things to do in The City of Subdued Excitement.

A Bellingham Brewery That Offers Far More Than a Cold One - 2023's BNWE
May 26, 2023
Anne Erickson/KING 5 Evening

Boundary Bay Brewery is the winner of Best Destination Brewery in 2023's Best Northwest Escapes viewer's poll. 

Bellingham's Boundary Bay Brewery has been a destination for decades.

Shoestring Circus Raises Big Top in Bellingham
May 26, 2023
Anne Erickson/KING 5 Evening

There's something about a circus. And a group of circus artists in Bellingham just took the ultimate leap of faith and gave theirs a semi-permanent home in a glorious new-used tent.

Local Summer Getaway: Things to Do in Bellingham 2023
May 23, 2023
Anicka Quin/BCBusiness

Technically speaking, I’ve been just-visiting Bellingham regularly for nearly 25 years now, but I still love to ask this question to locals: where should I go this weekend?

Bellingham On a Budget: 8 Fun and Inexpensive Things To Do On a Day Trip
May 18, 2023
Daniel Chai/Daily Hive

There’s no need to hop on a plane to visit a far-flung destination when there are plenty of wonderful spots to visit close to Metro Vancouver. One of our favourites is Bellingham, Washington, just south of the border and the largest city in Whatcom County.

150 Best Things to Do in the USA (Summer 2023)
May 16, 2023
Travel Lemming Staff

95. Soak Up Island Views Along Scenic Chuckanut Drive

Chuckanut Drive may only be 22 miles long, but there are ample opportunities to get out of the car and soak up the sights on this scenic drive.

9 Most Charming Cities In Washington
May 04, 2023
World Atlas


Right on Bellingham Bay, scenic views of the Pacific Ocean are hard to beat, while an assortment of waterfront stores, restaurants, cafes, and other buildings are truly delightful for visitors of any age.

The Most Beautiful National Park Hotels in the US
May 04, 2023
Caitlin Morton and Kristin Conrad

Ross Lake Resort, Washington

This lodge in the crowd-free North Cascades features 15 “floating” cabins on the surface of Ross Lake—basically the national park version of overwater bungalows.

Blaine & Bellingham: Salish Sea Favourites
May 03, 2023
West Coast SunCruiser

If you're planning a cruising trip south along the U.S. Coast, Blaine and Bellingham, WA, are two trip-worthy stops to add to your float plan.

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10 Best Hiking Trails In North Cascades National Park
Apr 30, 2023
Robynne Trueman/The Travel

North Cascades National Park is an underrated U.S. national park located in the state of Washington. It’s less than three hours away from Seattle and offers stunning landscapes, from jagged mountain peaks to breathtaking glaciers.

9 Interesting Tidbits About our National Parks’ Natural Wonders
Apr 28, 2023
Nanci Dixon/RV Traveler

3. North Cascades National Park has the most glaciers in the contiguous U.S.

Here’s a National Park fact I bet you didn’t know: Washington’s North Cascades has 300 glaciers and a heavy annual snowfall that helps the glaciers survive and continue to grow. 

Local Summer Getaway: Things to Do in Bellingham 2023
Apr 28, 2023
Western Living Magazine/Anicka Quin

But our closest city over the border holds a special place in my heart as the ideal near-far getaway—close enough to be an easy hour-plus drive to get here, and far enough to feel like I’ve left Vancouver’s busyness behind.

The 10 Most Underrated National Parks in the US
Apr 27, 2023
Popular Science Staff/Popular Science

North Cascades National Park, Washington

There are more than 300 glaciers in North Cascades National Park. Known for its rugged beauty, this park—just three hours from Seattle, Washington—has earned the reputation of being the American Alps.

The 11 Highest Season Snowfall Totals Ever Recorded in U.S. History
Apr 26, 2023
Brent Thomas/Snow Brains

For the top spots, you’ll also notice an in-state duel between Mt Baker, WA, and Paradise, WA.

#1 Mt Baker, WA 1998/99 – 1,140 inches

The Best US National Parks?
Apr 26, 2023
Travel Lemming Staff

2. North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park is one of the least visited national parks in the United States, but what it lacks in visitors it makes up in flora, fauna, and tranquility. 

Nico Works His Magic in Bellingham
Apr 26, 2023
Pink Bike

"Bellingham is definitely a place that challenges my riding. There’s such a big trail building culture in the area and endless amounts of trails to ride. I’ve ridden some of the steepest tech ever in Bellingham. There’s an insane amount of loamy trails, jumps, rock slabs and so much more. The level of riding is also super high, when ever you go on a ride with someone, it’s full on. I love it!!"

Belly Up to Bellingham’s Beer Scene
Apr 25, 2023
Ezra Johnson-Greenough/Willamette Week

Today, this port city has all the charms of a secluded, small town yet also the energy and amenities you’d expect from a buzzing metropolis. Crumbling historic buildings stand alongside glassy new hotels and condominiums. You can spend an entire day roaming the urban landscape or slip into nature by paddling through Bellingham Bay or hiking across nearby Chuckanut Mountain Park.

The Check-In: Getting up close and personal with elephants, eco-friendly travel tips for Earth Day, and more
Apr 22, 2023
Catherine Garcia/The Week

Farm to Table Trail Pass guides diners through Bellingham

The Farm to Table Trail in Bellingham, Washington, is a win-win for visitors and the city's restaurants. 

Nestled Along The U.S.-Canada Border, The Town Of Blaine, Washington, Is One Of The Most Unique Places You’ll Ever Visit
Apr 19, 2023
Sherri Adams/Only In Your State

Indeed, you may have driven right through the Peace Arch City on your way to visit our neighbors in Canada. However, this small “blink-and-you-might-miss-it” town is undoubtedly worth exploring.

Yes, These 10 National Parks of the Pacific Northwest Are Really This Breathtaking in Real Life
Apr 14, 2023
Cameron Jones/Woman's World

North Cascades National Park (Washington)

Created in 1968, North Cascades boasts more plant species than any other national park — 1,630 and counting.

Washington Road Trip Ideas: 11 Best Road Trips + Itinerary
Apr 14, 2023
Jessica Moore/Only In Your State

Route: Meadowdale Beach Park > Maltby Cafe > Snohomish > Larrabee State Park > Bellingham

Enjoy some window shopping in the charming town of Snohomish before you head to Larrabee State Park for some incredibly picturesque views of Samish Bay.

10 Amazing State & National Parks You Need To Visit In Washington State
Apr 12, 2023
Stephen Ndung'u/The Travel

Birch Bay State Park

Boasting a shoreline with salt water and an opposite shoreline with fresh water, the park is a top destination for tourists looking to spend time on the beach looking for shellfish. 

Triathlete’s 2023 Guide to the Best Tris for a Good Time
Apr 11, 2023
Brittany Vermeer/Triathlete

Bellingham Off Road Triathlon

The Bellingham Off Road Triathlon is a true Pacific Northwestern adventure all wrapped up into one event. Athletes begin with an 800-meter freshwater swim in picturesque Lake Padden with mist-shrouded pine trees.

Sustainable salmon fishing the Lummi way
Apr 06, 2023
Jackie Varriano/The Seattle Times

If you’d sailed into the San Juan archipelago over 200 years ago, you might have seen Lummi fishermen in two dugout canoes anchored parallel to each other, a net in the water between them. 

Top 25 Best Places to Live Out West
Apr 06, 2023

Bellingham, WA

Bellingham, which is about 90 miles outside of Seattle, is where the Washington coastline and Canadian border meet, and its cute-as-can-be downtown area offers a mix of eateries, art galleries, theaters and shops.

16 Best Things to Do in Whatcom County, WA
Apr 03, 2023
Arturo R. Cuevas/Travel Lens

The outdoors drives many things to do in Whatcom County in northwestern Washington State. The Cascade Mountains and the Salish Sea waters are natural landmarks contributing to this county’s visitor appeal.

15 Best Things to Do in North Cascades National Park, WA
Apr 01, 2023
Glendale Rosal/Travel Lens

The North Cascades National Park may not be as famous as Yellowstone and Yosemite, but that doesn't mean it's not as gorgeous. Within its 505,000-acre area are a vast unspoiled wilderness, ancient glaciers, massive lakes, and conifer-laden mountains. 

8 of the Best Hikes in the PNW's North Cascades National Park
Mar 29, 2023
Rayna Skiver/Green Matters

The Pacific Northwest is the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts, and the North Cascades specifically is one of the most popular regions. Explorers and hikers dream of the rugged mountain views, lush forests, and blue waters.

Van Life at the Slopes: The Ultimate Guide to Camping in Ski Area Parking Lots
Mar 29, 2023
Ariel Frager/GearJunkie

Mt. Baker Ski Area, Bellingham, Washington

Powder hounds will love camping out in the parking lot at Mt. Baker Ski Area because it gets the most annual snowfall of any ski area in North America.

These 13 Haunted Places in Washington Will Keep You Up At Night
Mar 29, 2023
Nikki Cleveland/Only In Your State

6. Mount Baker Theater, Bellingham

Since the theater opened in 1927, inexplicable noises, ghosts, and frigid corridors are only a few of the spine-tingling experiences that have been said to have occurred here, especially when the audience is leaving. More reports include gusts of cold air, balls of light, and a strange voice calling out people's names.

You Can Still Order Burgers By The Sack At This Old School Eatery In Washington
Mar 28, 2023
Sherri Adams/Only In Your State

Besides, what could be more convenient than ordering and eating in the comfort of your own car? Boomer’s Drive-In in Bellingham is the kind of place you can get your fill of great food and nostalgia. In fact, you can still order burgers by the sack at this old-school eatery in Washington.

11 Most Beautiful Cities In The Pacific Northwest
Mar 27, 2023
World Atlas

Bellingham, Washington

Midway between Seattle and the Canadian city of Vancouver, Bellingham is a wonderful stop for those travelling to these major cities. Yet even on its own the city of Bellingham is a great attraction, where splendid culture and pristine nature come together. 

The 11 Best Places to Hike in Washington State
Mar 24, 2023
Sydney Baker/Yardbarker


This college town, located just 25 miles south of the Canadian border, is a fantastic hiking place. Although it’s not as well-known to out-of-town visitors, it’s popular with locals. The Chuckanut Mountains are the closest and have numerous trails to lakes, viewpoints of the ocean, and parks

16 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions & Things to Do in Bellingham, WA
Mar 24, 2023
Brad Lane/PlanetWare

Not far from the Canadian border, Bellingham is a Northwest gem of a city and represents everything the region has to offer. With seaside access to the San Juan Islands and only a stone's throw from North Cascades National Park, Bellingham is convenient to several of Washington's best attractions.

Subdued Love — (Re)Discovering Bellingham’s Craft Beer Culture
Mar 22, 2023
Holly Regan/Good Beer Hunting

On the drive up I-5, it suddenly materializes, emerging from white mists that cling like spiderwebs to the towering, emerald-black Chuckanut Mountains. Surrounded by pristine wilderness and situated between two global cities—two hours south to Seattle or north to Vancouver, Canada—Bellingham, Washington is a place best known for its proximity to other places, loved as much for what it’s not as what it is.

10 Underrated US National Parks To Visit In 2023
Mar 19, 2023
Quinter Auma/The Travel

North Cascades National Park, Washington: For Spectacular Scenery And Glacier Views

North Cascades National Park is one of the underrated US national parks to visit in 2023, especially for travelers looking to explore the breathtaking scenery and plenty of gorgeous glacier views.

5 Fun Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Bellingham
Mar 16, 2023
Janet Kim/Seattle's Child

Looking for a day trip or weekend getaway to explore parks, shops, and good food? Pack your car and head to Bellingham. Nestled between Seattle, Washington, and Vancouver, British Columbia, you’ll find the town of Bellingham. A coastal city in the Pacific Northwest, Bellingham is located on Bellingham Bay and is the port for ferries traveling to Alaska.

The Shire Built Trail Crew is Carving a Creative Career With Private, Public, and Made-for-Media Trails
Mar 15, 2023
Matt Miller/Singletracks

The Shire Built trail crew, consisting of Spencer Baldwin and Scotty Scamehorn, (though not entirely limited to these two) have crafted some of Bellingham, Washington‘s most popular mountain bike trails on Mt. Galbraith, they’ve dug for athletes at Red Bull Rampage, and are digging themselves an even sweeter career path.

Bellingham – New Breweries and Taprooms, Now Open & Coming Soon
Mar 14, 2023
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

The beer scene in Bellingham just keeps booming. The city is now home to more than a dozen breweries with even more on the way. In recent months, two new breweries opened and two of the existing breweries opened new taprooms. But that’s not all! 

11 National and State Parks in Washington for Beach Camping, Waterfalls, and Volcano Views
Mar 14, 2023
JD Shadel/Conde Nast Traveler

Larrabee State Park

Designated in 1915, this is the first in the Washington State Park system and it preserves a coastal expanse of the Chuckanut Mountains.

The Most Exciting New and Upcoming Breweries in Washington
Mar 13, 2023
Ezra Johnson-Greenough/The New School

Larrabee Lager - Bellingham, WA

Milne moved back to Bellingham in 2021 and began working in a centrally located business park space at 4151 Meridian St, to open his passion project Larrabee Lager Co. and completely commit to that ethos of lager first.

14 Best Weekend Getaways In Washington State + Where To Stay
Mar 12, 2023
Christy Woodrow/Ordinary Traveler


Bellingham is another charming city surrounded by scenic nature in Washington, which is a stunning option for a weekend escape! Bellingham is known for its majestic waterfalls, so you must visit Whatcom Falls and Nooksack Falls to get your waterfall fix and, oh, the fresh smell of nature!

Snowshoeing on Mt. Baker and Exploring Bellingham: Peak Northwest Podcast
Mar 09, 2023
Vickie Connor and Jamie Hale/The Oregonian/OregonLive

On this week’s episode of Peak Northwest, Vickie chats with co-host Jamie Hale about her first snowshoeing experience on Mt. Baker, as well as the rest of her roadtrip there.

Structures Brewing Opens New Old Town Brewpub in Former Chuckanut Brewing Location
Mar 08, 2023
Ezra Johnson-Greenough/The New School

Bellingham, Washington is undoubtedly among the best beer cities in the pacific northwest with with nearly 20 breweries, most of them good to great and many worth traveling for.

5 Small College Towns with Big Spirit
Mar 07, 2023
Adam Pitluk/AARP

Western Washington University

The town of Bellingham (population about 92,000) is close to Seattle and is on most tourists’ radars as it is the main launch point for ferries leaving the lower 48 destined for Alaska via the Inside Passage. Whatcom County is also home to six different locations on the Cascade Loop, which is a major draw.

The Least-Visited National Parks in the United States in 2022
Mar 07, 2023
Marnie Hunter/CNN Travel

North Cascades National Park, Washington - 30,154 recreation visits

Peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers tower over this alpine landscape. More than 1,600 species of plants have been identified on this land that spans temperate rainforest to a dry ponderosa pine ecosystem.

8 Restaurants in Bellingham That Are Totally Worth the Drive
Mar 07, 2023
Daryn Wright/Daily Hive

One of Vancouverites’ favourite places to head for a day trip is Bellingham, the small but charming city just south of the border in Washington.At around a one-and-a-half-hour drive, Bellingham is nearby but also feels like a change of pace from Vancouver, with its old brick buildings, numerous thrift stores, and small-town vibes.

The Quest to Redesign Washington’s State Flag — and Honor Its Natural Landscape
Mar 02, 2023
Pria Mahadevan and Emily Denny/State of the Planet

In 2015, the small town of Bellingham in northwestern Washington held an unofficial flag design contest run by a local arts organization. That’s where Bradley Lockhart first got a taste for flag redesign.

America's Least-Visited National Parks: Perfect for the Nature Lover Who Hates Crowds
Feb 27, 2023

What is special about North Cascades?

North Cascades National Park is also dear to Payne, who grew up in Washington and visited the park throughout her childhood.

8 Most Beautiful Lakes In Washington
Feb 24, 2023
World Atlas

Diablo Lake

This artificial lake is placed at an elevation of 1,201 ft between Ross Lake and George Lake in the Ross Lake Recreation Area within the North Cascades National Park. The distinctive turquoise color of the lake’s water is due to the surrounding glaciers that have grinded rocks into fine rock particles called glacial flour, which reach the lake via creeks.

5 Ways to Spend Spring Break in the State of Washington
Feb 24, 2023
State of Washington/Outdoors NW


Experience a vacation to remember at Semiahmoo Resort, a casual PNW seaside destination in Blaine, WA that offers fun for everyone in the family. Boredom-busting activities abound at Semiahmoo.

Stemma Brewing Expands Washington Distribution with New Partnership
Feb 21, 2023
Ezra Johnson-Greenough/The New School

Bellingham, Washington’s white hot 3-year-old Stemma Brewing Company has signed a distribution deal with Buoy Beer Co. owned Washington distributor River Barrel Distributing. River Barrel Distributing serves Seattle’s King County and the Greater Western area of Pierce, Thurston, Lewis, Snohomish, Kitsap, and Grays Harbor Counties.

A look Inside The Bellingham Brewery That Lets You Spend the Night
Feb 16, 2023
Eric Wilkinson/King 5

Good news for anyone who has ever sat in a bar at last call and lamented when the bartender says, "You don't have to go home but you can't stay here." 

At one Bellingham brewery, you can stay.

Bellingham’s El Sueñito Brewing – Grand Opening This Weekend
Feb 16, 2023
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

This weekend is it. The long-awaited and highly anticipated grand opening of El Sueñito Brewing in Bellingham. The brewery + tamale shop is now ready to welcome the public. Here’s what they’ve planned for the weekend.

The 10 Tallest Waterfalls In The United States
Feb 15, 2023
World Atlas

4. Colonial Creek Falls, Washington - 2,568 Ft

The tallest waterfall found in the lower 48 states is Washington's Colonial Creek Falls. Colonial Creek tumbles 2,568 ft (783 m) down thirteen drops from the meltwater of Colonial Glacier, high on Colonial Peak in North Cascades National Park.

10 Absolute Magical Winter Destinations To See In Washington
Feb 11, 2023
Pranjali Korgaonkar/The Travel


Be it a solo traveler or one with family, Bellingham won’t make anyone regret it as a winter destination. Quaint in nature, it has a couple of winter and holiday festive vibes activities to engage in.

15 Most Underrated US National Parks
Feb 11, 2023
World Atlas

North Cascades National Park, Washington

Situated only a few hours outside of Seattle, North Cascades National Park offers an enchanting alpine landscape. You will find a plethora of encapsulating scenes, ranging from massive glaciers to wide valleys and flowing bodies of water.

This Toffee From Whatcom County is Delicious and 'Dentist-Approved'
Feb 06, 2023
Kim Holcomb/KING 5 Evening

Washington is home to countless coffee shops, but Whatcom County may have the only toffee shop. Anytime Toffee is a small, family-owned business with a new storefront in downtown Ferndale.

The 25 Best Coffee Shops in The U.S.
Feb 01, 2023
Georgie Darling/Trips To Discover

Camber Coffee - Bellingham, Washington

This beautiful coffee shop is all about attention to detail, which means fun elements to the menu, like graham cracker-infused oat milk and bittersweet chocolate sauce made with reishi mushroom.

These 8 Destinations Way Up North In Washington Are Worthy Of An Adventure
Jan 31, 2023
Sherri Adams/Only In Your State

1. Whatcom Falls

Whatcom Falls Park is a 241-acre park surrounding Whatcom Creek in Bellingham. Explore the well-maintained walking trails and take in the beauty of four unique waterfalls.

Want to See the Best of Winter? Snowshoe Up Artist Point
Jan 27, 2023
Alec Sills-Trausch/Backpacker

As hundreds of skiers and snowboarders rip downhill at Washington’s Mt. Baker Ski Area, snowshoers just feet outside the orange boundary markers are slowly and carefully plodding one foot in front of the other to reach Artist Point.  

This Under-the-radar Ski Area Gets Double the Snow of Most Western Resorts — and Sits at the Base of an Active Volcano
Jan 23, 2023
Evie Carrick/Travel & Leisure

There aren't many places like Mt. Baker Ski Area left. In fact, Gwyn Howat, the Washington state ski area's CEO, estimates it's one of just four or five still standing in the U.S.

'I'm a 74-year-old College Student'
Jan 23, 2023
Harvey Schwartz/Newsweek

When I retired from being a chiropractor, I knew there was something missing. After taking classes at Western Washington University, I realized that we are all creative and a lot of us, including myself, had to push that down because it wasn't encouraged while growing up.  

Take A Ghost Walk Through Historic Bellingham, Washington, Then Dine At The Haunted Black Cat Cafe
Jan 20, 2023
Melissa Mahoney/Only In Your State

Whether you enjoy history or you’re a seeker of the paranormal, one of the best places for history and ghosts is Bellingham. While this coastal city is quite picturesque, it is also quite historic. Additionally, there have been countless ghost sightings and other paranormal activities reported here throughout the years. 

Why Ken Burns and Ralph Lauren buy Kinsey photos from the Whatcom Museum
Jan 20, 2023
John M. Harris/The Seattle Times

A PHOTOGRAPHER NAMED Darius Kinsey, riding in a lightweight wagon pulled by a horse named Slim, stopped by the Pritts homestead in Nooksack, Whatcom County. Kinsey regularly traveled the Western Washington countryside seeking out subjects, and potential customers.

These Are The 10 Most Budget-Friendly Ski Resorts In The Country
Jan 14, 2023
Willie T. Plaza/The Travel

For any soul seeking a ski season without breaking the piggy bank, Mt. Baker is the spot! Settled in the North Cascades of Washington, Mt. Baker's nested on Canada's border. This resort gets a staggering snowfall of 662 inches on average, making it the ideal spot for a ski trip.

North Cascades National Park: The Complete Guide
Jan 12, 2023
Suzie Dundas/TripSavvy

Covering more than 500,000 acres in northwest Washington State, North Cascades National Park is big—really big. It's actually only the 12th largest national park in the continental U.S., but it abuts two other areas managed by the National Park Service, extending the size of the North Cascades complex to nearly 700,000 square acres—just a smidge smaller than Rhode Island.

The Best Restaurants in Washington State
Jan 12, 2023
Allison Williams & Allecia Vermillion/Seattle Met

Carnal - Bellingham

The origin story feels cinematic. Music and film producer turned Bellingham booster Skip Williamson tapped a popup in Brooklyn to help him build a business. 

Bellingham International: The US Airport That Primarily Serves Canadian Passengers
Jan 10, 2023
Jake Hardiman/Simple Flying

With a population of just over 90,000 inhabitants, the city of Bellingham, Washington is fairly small by US standards. Despite this, its airport is busier than you might think, but not due to the wanderlust of the residents of the city it serves. Instead, passengers from neighboring Canada represent over half of its traffic.

The Washington Resort Where You Can Beachcomb, Make Homemade S’mores, And More This Winter
Jan 09, 2023
Sherri Adams/Only In Your State

The long, dark days of winter are anything but dismal if you know where to go. In the small town of Blaine, in Northern Washington, you’ll find the Semiahmoo Resort, Golf, and Spa, a casual escape just waiting to welcome you for a relaxing weekend by the shore.

Bellingham, Washington: Salish Sea Playground
Jan 06, 2023
Michael and Elizabeth Fagin/Northwest Travel & Life

Bellingham, Washington, is surrounded by water: the Salish Sea to the west and fresh water lakes to the east. At only 1.5 hours from Seattle, it makes a perfect water-centric getaway for paddling, whale watching and dining on delicacies from the sea.

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12 Magnificent Hidden Gems To Discover In Washington This Year
Jan 06, 2023
Sherri Adams/Only In Your State

December: Pioneer Village, Ferndale

December is a wonderful time to visit Pioneer Village in Ferndale. Go back in time to the Pioneer Village Olde Fashioned Christmas Lighted Christmas Stroll. See Pioneer Park's historic cabins festively decorated and lit up with twinkling lights during their yearly holiday celebration. We can't think of a better way to get in the holiday spirit!

Get Away From It All Each Month Of The Year With These 12 Magnificent Escapes In Washington
Jan 05, 2023
Sherri Adams/Only In Your State

May – Oostema Farmstead In Lynden

Peaceful tranquility awaits at this serene country farm in Lynden. A beautifully maintained, real working farm, Osteema Farmstead offers many options for your stay, including a cozy tiny farmhouse, a chic farmstead apartment, and a tiny barn cabin, as well as RV and tent spaces, all with spectacular territorial views.

Business climate hopes for 2023 include more staff, stability
Jan 04, 2023
Cascadia Daily News/Frank Catalano

“I think if we can get our workforce issues solved (read: child care) and housing (read: affordable) then things look good,” said Sandy Ward, the outgoing CEO and president of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. “The demand is there for tourism, so we just need to make sure we are able to find the workers to take the jobs."

15 Free Things to Do in Bellingham, WA
Dec 31, 2022
Ryce Ocampo/Travel Lens

The port city of Bellingham is an outdoor heaven for explorers, hikers, and forest hobbyists in the northwest corner of the country.

Earning the label "Outdoorsman's Paradise," it's a household name for various travel lists in Washington focusing on outdoor recreation.

5 Underrated National Parks To Visit In 2023
Dec 23, 2022
Dale Peterson/Travel Off Path

For some truly breathtaking scenery and glacier views, you can’t miss North Cascades National Park. Although it’s one of the least visited national parks in the United States, receiving under 18,000 visitors per year, those who put in the effort to visit will be rewarded with unspoiled nature and the biggest glaciers outside of Alaska.

Opened In 1886, The Horseshoe Cafe Is A Longtime Icon In Small Town Bellingham, Washington
Dec 08, 2022
Sherri Adams/Only In Your State

The Horseshoe Café in Bellingham, Washington, has been a Holly Street staple since 1886. With a diverse and loyal community of supportive customers, who affectionately refer to it as the “Shoe”, the café has remained open for more than a century.

In Bellingham, Makeworth Coffee Roasters Is A Dream Worth Making
Dec 06, 2022
Sprudge Staff/Sprudge

For this Sprudge Maps Spotlights selection we’re checking out Makeworth Coffee Roasters in Bellingham, Washington, home to heaps of Mahlkönig grinders, a spiffy La Marzocco Strada, and much more, all housed in a charming historic building with original wooden floors.

11 Wintry Destinations That Are Easy for Seattle Families
Dec 02, 2022
Natalie Compagno/Tiny Beans

Bellingham bursts with beauty—water views, food, beer, friendly locals, plus the main part of town is easily accessible and filled with shopping and sights.

The Breathtaking Homestead in Northern Washington You Must Visit This Year
Nov 29, 2022
Lauren Baker/Only In Your State

About an hour’s drive south of Vancouver, British Columbia, Hovander Homestead Park is a beautiful spot for a low key visit.

These Are America's 10 Best National Park Lodges
Nov 21, 2022
Elizabeth Rios/The Travel

Ross Lake Resort - North Cascades National Park

Floating log cabins on Ross Lake make this resort exceptional from the rest. Guests can only access this resort by hiking or ferry, making it an exclusive, no-crowd stay.

Forecast Coffee In Bellingham Focuses In On Farmers
Nov 17, 2022
Sprudge Staff/Sprudge

Forecast Coffee Company is a new coffee brand out of Bellingham, Washington that is putting a spotlight on climate change and ecological farming practices.

The Alaska Marine Highway Runs In The Winter & How To Plan A Trip After Snowfall
Nov 11, 2022
Aaron Spray/The Travel

The Alaska Marine Highway services over 30 communities between Bellingham, WA and Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Chain. It links with shuttle ferries that provide additional links between neighboring communities.

These Top Restaurants Around The World Are Worth The Trip
Nov 01, 2022
Elizabeth Brownfield/Forbes

The Willows Inn on Lummi Island - Lummi Island, WA

Hop a 5-minute car ferry from mainland Washington to dine at this destination-worthy restaurant located north of Seattle. It’s helmed by Blaine Wetzel, who cooked under world-renowned chef René Redzepi at Noma before taking over as chef and putting the century-old inn on the global culinary map.

This Is Why Ladder Creek Falls Is The Most Mesmerizing Sight In North Cascades
Nov 01, 2022
Faith Katunga/The Travel

The largest of the three National Park Service units making up the North Cascades National Park Complex is North Cascades National Park, located in Washington. The park is home to the North Cascades Range's steep mountain peaks, the most extensive glacier system in the contiguous United States, the source of many rivers and streams, and enormous woods with the highest degree of flora biodiversity of any American national park.

Top 11 Thanksgiving Fishing Locations in the US
Nov 01, 2022
Tanya/Fishing Booker

Bellingham, Washington
Cruising along the West Coast, we eventually arrive at one of the northernmost cities in Washington – Bellingham. Proud of its citizens, local cuisine, craft brews, natural wonders, recreational options, and cultural legacy, Bellingham has effortlessly earned its spot on our Thanksgiving list. Needless to say, you’ll have your hands full when trying to discover this region.

Trails, Views, and Waterfalls: 10 Stops Along Washington’s North Cascades Highway
Oct 27, 2022
Sandra Strieby/Road Trippers

Washington’s North Cascades mountain range includes some of the nation’s most breathtaking scenery, and the highway that runs through it was designed to showcase it all, with views of lakes, waterfalls, and high-altitude peaks. In the fall, the evergreen forest is punctuated by brilliant color—golden larches, red maples, yellow willow, and huckleberries, mountain-ash, and spirea in more shades than you can imagine.

Top 10 Resorts with the Deepest Snow Last Year
Oct 26, 2022
Jake Stern/Ski

2. Mount Baker

It should surprise absolutely no one that the ski area with the deepest snow record of all time did well on this list. Mount Baker Ski Area was inundated with 647 inches of snow during the 2021-2022 season, proving again why it’s one of the best places to ski in the Lower 48.

10 Of The Most Beautiful Towns In Washington You Should Visit
Oct 21, 2022
Pranjali Korgaonkar/The Travel

3 - Fairhaven
A historic town with an outstanding view of the Canadian Rockies and incredible sunsets, Fairhaven is home to old brick buildings with its Victorian-era architecture, cobblestone streets, jazz cafés as well, and pizzerias.

The 21 Most Underrated, Crowd Free National Parks in America
Oct 21, 2022
Matt Kirouac/Inside Hook

North Cascades, Washington
In a state widely known for its natural beauty, where Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park reign as bucket-list dreamscapes for any outdoor enthusiast, it takes a lot to stand out. But tucked amidst a sea of conifers and turquoise-blue glacial lakes near the Canadian border, North Cascades National Park does just that.

This Amtrak Service Dazzles With Its Fab Fall Foliage
Oct 21, 2022
Lisa Wright/The Travel

Explore Bellingham
Known for its sweeping scenery and outdoor recreation, the Whatcom County town of Bellingham is full of sightseeing opportunities galore—and an idyllic autumn stop.

Travel: Overwhelmed by Beauty in the Enchantments and Washington’s National Parks
Oct 20, 2022
Linda Lange and Steve Ahillen/Knox News

North Cascades National Park

Before reaching Leavenworth, we traveled on the North Cascades Scenic Highway, or State Route 20, through North Cascades National Park. The national park is known primarily as a backpacker destination because large regions are accessible only on foot. 

7 Most Beautiful Cities In Washington
Oct 16, 2022
World Atlas

Bellingham is approximately 90 minutes north of Seattle and 90 minutes south of the Canadian city of Vancouver, serving as a great midway point for these two major cities. But this city of nearly 92,000 inhabitants is also a great attraction in its own right, where incredible encounters with nature and culture await.

Fall is a Great Time to Try Trail Running. Here’s How to Get Started
Oct 13, 2022
David Gladish/Seattle Times

Plenty of people hit the trails to chase their runner’s high instead of plodding along city streets. Trail running is popular in Seattle and Washington state, with an abundance of runners, parks, green spaces and trail races, including classics like the Chuckanut 50k and new races such as the Teanaway Country 100.

Salish Sea Oyster Road Trip
Oct 11, 2022
The State of Washington

Washington State is renowned for its variety of oysters, and what better way to experience these tasty bivalves than during a scenic road trip. This four-day Salish Sea oyster road trip will take you from Blaine near the Canadian border down into the San Juan Islands, with an optional extension to Whidbey Island.

Washington’s Breweries Win 19 Medals at this Year’s GABF
Oct 08, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

Category 77: German Sour Ale – 33 Entries
Gold: Gose, Kulshan Brewing Co. – Trackside, Bellingham, WA
Silver: Champagne Toast, Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA

Category 90: Brown Porter – 56 Entries
Gold: Transporter, Kulshan Brewing Co., Bellingham, WA

10 Places to Kickoff Your 2022-23 Ski Season
Oct 07, 2022
Erin Spong/Freeskier

Mount Baker
Opening Day: December 14, 2022
Mount Baker is known for getting incredible amounts of snow, and with a triple-dip projected La Niña year, those totals could be monumental. With a projected opening day of December 14, the white room is just a few more weeks away.

The Best Traditional Restaurant in Every State
Sep 30, 2022
Melissa Corbin/Reader's Digest

Washington: The Willows Inn

Bordering the San Juan islands and just west of Bellingham, peaceful Lummi Island spans about nine square miles and can only be accessed by a tiny open-air car ferry. 

‘Fall Color Hikes: Washington’ Author Explains Why She Loves Autumn Hikes in WA
Sep 28, 2022
Terry Wood/Seattle Times

For outdoorsy people who love exploring the Northwest, you just can’t beat the summer months. Right? Let’s ask someone who has marched miles and miles all over the region in all four seasons: guidebook author Tami Asars. “I’ve become as passionate about the mountains in the fall as I am in the summer wildflower season,” said Asars, author of multiple Northwest hiking guides, whose latest title is “Fall Color Hikes: Washington.”

Bellingham Region & Whatcom County, Washington
Sep 27, 2022
Business View Magazine

Just 21 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border, located between two major growth cities (Vancouver, 52 miles to the northwest; Seattle 90 miles to the south), Bellingham is a popular tourist destination with great access to Washington State’s lush forests and coastal views.  

Top 10 Things to Do in Bellingham
Sep 22, 2022
UrbanMatter Staff/Urban Matter

Considering what to do in Bellingham? Come as you are nevertheless stay as we do when you hit our main 10 rundowns for Bellingham fun. Tour, appreciate, loosen up, and grin! Endure a few days of things to do in Bellingham investigating: wonder about two grand byways, climb stunning paths, and gain experiences with admittance to top-notch fun with a modest community simple.

If There Are Only 5 Waterfall Hikes You Take In Washington, Make Them These
Sep 20, 2022
Ben Jones/Only In Your State

A pair of hiking shoes can take you somewhere magical in Washington – just follow one of the state’s incredible waterfall trails. After completing a short hike, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking beauty and an unforgettable photo-worthy scene.

All 63 US National Parks Ranked
Sep 20, 2022
More Than Just Parks

List of 20 Best National Parks
18. North Cascades National Park
Location: Washington, USA
Referred by some as the "American Alps" with mountain beauty that rivals any range on the planet, North Cascades is the crown jewel of the mighty cascade range.

The 15 Best Coffee Shops In Bellingham, Washington
Sep 19, 2022
Dani Zoeller/Tasting Table

Bellingham is a beautiful destination for exploring, adventuring, eating, and drinking your way through the area. You'll find outdoor activities to enjoy year-round, and since it's a college town, thanks to Western Washington University, there's nearly always something exciting to do. 

​Hannah Bergemann's Hangtime Jump Jam Returns to Bellingham
Sep 18, 2022
Max Ritter/Teton Gravity

Hannah Bergemann and Transition Bikes just announced the return of Hangtime – a women’s freeride mountain bike event on the legendary Blue Steel jump line in Bellingham, Washington. 

This Bucket List Train Ride Is Back – Here’s What to See En Route
Sep 16, 2022
Krista Simmons/Sunset

MT. Baker-Snoqualamie National Forest, WA

Washington state’s Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie has been designated as a Treasured Landscape by the congressionally-chartered National Forest Foundation as part of a joint four-year effort to improve and restore the oft-visited region near Seattle.

On the Puget Sound, the Women Whose Lives and Work Revolve Around Salmon
Sep 15, 2022
Megan Spurrell/Conde Nast Traveler

In the town of Bellingham, Washington, everyone knows when the salmon run come fall. Shimmery silvers and chum salmon break the chilly water’s surface with their heads, as they move through the Puget Sound and tributary rivers to their spawning grounds.

Unique Brewery in Blaine Makes Farm-to-table Beer
Sep 13, 2022
Kim Holcomb/King 5

A small craft brewery in Blaine is producing farmhouse-style ales made in a 100-year-old barn.

Atwood Farm Brewery also incorporates fruit, herbs, and vegetables harvested on the property into beer recipes.

Where To Find Fall Color In Washington
Sep 13, 2022
The State of Washington

Maple Pass Loop, North Cascades - 7.2 miles | 2,000 feet elevation gain
On this perfect October hike, the colorful larches light up the mountain and lake vistas. 

Yellow Aster Butte, Mount Baker Wilderness - 7.5 miles | 2,550 feet elevation gain
One of the best hikes for fall color in Washington is this popular out-and-back in the Mount Baker Wilderness.

Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway - 21 miles
Curvy Chuckanut Drive runs from Burlington to Bellingham, passing through farmland before winding along the Chuckanut Mountains’ sandstone cliffs. 

11 Amazing Experiences For Non-Hikers In Washington State’s National Parks
Sep 11, 2022
Robyne Stevenson/Travel Awaits

North Cascades National Park

1. Picnic At Diablo Lake Overlook

Stop at the Diablo Lake overlook and sit below a glacier-laden mountain while you gaze at the spectacular turquoise water. The overlook has a large parking area, many picnic tables, and trees for shade. 

10 National Parks With The Most Romantic Views For Couples
Sep 10, 2022
Sera Parris/The Travel

2. North Cascades National Park
Only three hours out from Seattle, the pristine and quiet North Cascades National Park is more than suitable for couples looking to traverse the lush inland forests, incredible Alpine peaks, and shimmering coastlines.

Cheba Hut Brings Its Cannabis Theme and Cold Cuts to New Markets
Sep 09, 2022
Matthew Liedke/Franchise Times

Cheba Hut, the cannabis-themed sandwich brand, opened its 50th location recently in Washington, marking the company’s continued growth outside its southwest origins.

Founded in 1998, Cheba Hut originated in Arizona, and in the years that followed, the brand expanded there, in Colorado and New Mexico. Cheba Hut has moved beyond that region in the last few years, though, with shops now open in 15 states.

Bellingham, Washington Kayaking, Whale Watching, Seafood and Microbrews
Sep 09, 2022
Michael & Elizabeth Fagin/Foodista

Whale Watching, colorful sunsets, fine dining, and launching our kayak awaited us in Bellingham Bay. The charming city of Bellingham is located just an hour and a half north of Seattle. The Hotel Bellwether was our location for the next several days. Whales in Bellingham Bay are unusual; however, earlier this spring, Humpback whales were seen in the Bay. We'll check out the best whale-watching options later.

Eat Local Month Makes September Ideal for a Sustainable and Affordable Getaway to Whatcom and Skagit Counties
Sep 08, 2022
Charlie Smith/The Georgia Straight

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain had a straightforward approach when he visited unfamiliar places. He always ate local and he did it with gusto.

Throughout September, restaurants and breweries in Bellingham and surrounding Whatcom and nearby Skagit counties are also embracing that philosophy with a smorgasbord of Eat Local Month specials.

Now Open – District Brewing’s Second Location, in Ferndale
Sep 08, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

This location is a taproom only, the second location for the brewery located in Mount Vernon. There is no brewery on site, but we’ll see what the future brings. Outside food is welcome and they’ve partnered with Westside Pizza. Word is… “the kitchen is coming soon.”

Top 10 Things to Do in Bellingham
Sep 06, 2022
UrbanMatter Staff/Urban Matter

Considering what to do in Bellingham? Come as you are nevertheless stay as we do when you hit our main 10 rundowns for Bellingham fun. Tour, appreciate, loosen up, and grin! Endure a few days of things to do in Bellingham investigating: wonder about two grand byways, climb stunning paths, and gain experiences with admittance to top-notch fun with a modest community simple.

Bellingham’s Stemma Brewing Announces Expansion Plans
Sep 05, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

In June 2022, Stemma Brewing celebrated its third anniversary. On the heels of that milestone, the Bellingham brewery announced its plans to expand its operation. 

Ready for fall? This Map Shows You Where to See Peak Foliage.
Sep 05, 2022
Natalie B. Compton/Washington Post

West Coast: North Cascades National Park

For a magical fall experience in the Pacific Northwest, find Washington larches. Something of a mythical creature, larches are “coniferous trees that act like deciduous ones,” says Adria Saracino, the travel planner behind The Emerald Palate and a Seattle resident. “That is, they turn gold and drop their needles unlike other types of evergreen trees.”

WWU Receives Bee Campus Certification, Pledges to Protect Pollinators
Sep 01, 2022
Chris Cashman/King 5

Western Washington University (WWU) is now a Certified Bee Campus.  This means WWU is now recognized by the Xerces Society, an organization dedicated to global pollinator conservation. The Bee Campus USA program helps pollinators by increasing the number of native plants, protecting nest sites and limiting pesticides on campus.

Bellingham Coffee Roaster Teams With Famous Band to Celebrate New Album
Sep 01, 2022
Alyse Messmer-Smith/The Olympian

Bellingham-formed Death Cab for Cutie has announced a collaboration with Bellingham-based Camber Coffee to create a custom roast to celebrate its new album.

It's Official: Amtrak to Restart Vancouver to Seattle Service in Late September
Sep 01, 2022
Kenneth Chan/Urbanized

After a prolonged pandemic service shutdown of more than two years, Amtrak has established a precise date for when it will resume its Amtrak Cascades passenger train service from downtown Vancouver to downtown Seattle.

Amtrak Is Restarting One of Its Most Scenic Routes Just in Time for Fall Getaways
Aug 31, 2022
Jessica Puckett/Conde Nast Traveler

For the first time in more than two years, Amtrak is resuming service on one of its most scenic routes: The Amtrak Cascades route, which runs from Oregon to Vancouver and weaves through some of the Pacific Northwest's most beautiful natural formations along the way.  

9 Unique Treehouse Rentals In Washington State
Aug 31, 2022
William Stupp/Travel Awaits

Waterfront Abode In The Lummi Nation, Bellingham
Just yards from Lummi Bay, this oceanfront modern treehouse is another Washington gem. It is on the Lummi Indian Reservation near the northern edge of the United States, overlooking the San Juan Islands.

5 USA National Parks You've Probably Never Heard Of
Aug 31, 2022
Jessica Reid/Wanderlust

3. North Cascades National Park, Washington State
With the exception of Alaska, North Cascades is the USA’s least visited national park. Only 100 miles from Seattle, it really is one of the country’s best kept secrets, with 2,040 square kilometres of outstanding natural beauty including mountains, lakes and glaciers.

6 Super Fun Waterparks to Visit in Washington State, 2 Are Indoors
Aug 25, 2022
Reesha on the Radio/Newstalk Kit

Birch Bay Waterslides
The last $7 Summer Slide Night is August 26th and then Birch Bay Waterslides will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Monday, September 5th.

How to Explore Washington State’s Pioneering National Parks
Aug 17, 2022
Brendan Sainsbury/Lonely Planet

North Cascades National Park

One of the least-trafficked national parks outside of Alaska, North Cascades only gets around 20,000 annual visitors, thanks to its isolation, lack of roads and uncompromising wilderness credentials. This is all good news for the solitude seekers, gung-ho adventurers and ardent naturalists who make up the majority of the small trickle of visitors.

These 4 WA Destinations Are Worth a Road Trip Before Summer Ends
Aug 12, 2022
Alicia Erickson/Seattle Times

Mount Baker Highway

With its roads traversing staggering mountain passes, alpine lakes and carved canyons, Washington was made for road trips. This summer, try the dramatic Mount Baker Highway (aka Mount Baker Scenic Byway), where waterfalls, immense trees and snow-draped vistas accompany each mile of the drive.

Bike Around an Island
Aug 11, 2022
Cheryl Murfin/Seattle's Child

Lummi Island (seasoned riders)

Nearby Lummi Island is accessible and oh, so tranquil with its meandering 7- mile road and bike loop. This idyllic ride offersgives wonderful views of Orcas Island as well as Mount Baker and the Cascades and invites many stops with its rocky beaches and lush forests. 

The Top 10 Road Trips in Washington State
Aug 11, 2022
Brendan Sainsbury/Lonely Planet

Chuckanut Drive - Best coastal drive
Bellingham to Burlington; 21 miles; allow two to three hours
Chuckanut Drive (aka State Rte 11) is Northwest Washington’s balcony over the Salish Sea, a historic coastal backroad that runs for 21 miles, from historic Old Fairhaven in Bellingham down to the fertile farmland of Skagit County.

3 Strategies for Making the Most of Your Late-summer Vacation
Aug 11, 2022
Christopher Elliott/Seattle Times

One of the best ways to avoid the hassle of travel is not to travel far. Fortunately, the Pacific Northwest has some of the best destinations for a late-summer vacation. Among Kubly’s favorites are places you can explore while the weather is still warm, such as Mount Rainier, the North Cascades or Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park. Also high on his list is a kayak tour of Bellingham Bay to catch the tail end of bioluminescence season, which runs until the end of September.

The 6 Best U.S. National Parks to See Fall Foliage
Aug 11, 2022
Abby Reinhard/Best Life

North Cascades National Park
Setting your fall travel plans? You won't want to miss the display at North Cascades National Park in Washington. According to Jessica Schmit of the travel site Uprooted Traveler, not only is this park underrated in general, but it's also overlooked when it comes to fall colors.

Here are the Prettiest Fall Road Trips you can do from Vancouver to the U.S.
Aug 10, 2022
Maria Diment/Vancouver is Awesome

Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
This park is closer than Mount Rainier, but it's just as immersed in nature. You can admire the fall foliage while hiking, camping, horseback riding, and mountain climbing. 

The Top 50 Dive Bars in Washington State
Aug 08, 2022
Lauren Putnam/Yelp

What is it about dive bars that keeps us coming back? Maybe it’s the no-frills atmosphere, strong pours, simple bites, or can’t-be-beat prices…
8. The Beach Bar at Birch Bay – Blaine, WA
34. Beaver Inn – Bellingham, WA
40. Cap Hansen’s Tavern – Bellingham, WA

E-bikes are a Blast at Sun-E-Land Bikes in Bellingham
Aug 05, 2022
MaryRose Denton/Seattle Refined

Matt Holmes is the owner and resident bike aficionado at Sun-E-Land Bikes. His big, yellow shop is located inside the container village on Bellingham’s waterfront. Sun-E-Land Bikes specializes in smart, sustainable, and affordable e-bikes, accessible for all riders. By the way, the "e" stands for electric.

The Top 5 Resorts for Snowboarders in North America, According to the Pros
Aug 05, 2022

#3 – Mount Baker, WA
What’s the most important aspect of a ski resort for snowboarders to consider? The first thing to consider would probably be ‘am I allowed to snowboard here?’, as three resorts in the US still don’t welcome snowboarders.

Skagit County Weighs Expanded Agritourism for Farm Income
Aug 03, 2022
Frank Catalano/Cascadia Daily News

Recent data released by Tourism Economics, as part of a study for State of Washington Tourism and the Washington State Destination Marketing Organizations Association, pegged direct tourism spending in Whatcom County at $527.4 million for 2021. That puts the total up 38.4% from 2020 and almost back to the $555 million level of the pre-pandemic year of 2019.

10 Places In The U.S. That Are Perfect To Visit In September
Aug 03, 2022
Natalie Hetherington/The Travel

North Cascades National Park, Washington
The expansive wilderness of the North Cascades National Park is hard to beat any time of year, but September is perfect as the temperatures are still warm and dry, but the summer crowds should have dissipated.

10 of the Best Hikes in Washington: Follow Beautiful Trails through The Evergreen State
Aug 03, 2022
Brendan Sainsbury/Lonely Planet

Chain Lakes Loop has the best moutain views
7.1-mile loop, 4 hours, moderate
If you’ve grown tired of climbing through thick forests to peek-a-boo viewpoints, this hike will save you some of the grunt work. Set in a high alpine nirvana amid the lake-scattered bowls and slopes of Mt Baker and Mt Shuksan, the Chain Lakes Loop starts at Artist Point (5100ft), at the end the Mt Baker Hwy, enabling you to get above the treeline by car.

Marie's Bees Creates Buzz-worthy Honey Products in Bellingham
Aug 02, 2022
Brandon Burnstead/Seattle Refined

Though she started beekeeping as a hobby, it became the foundation for an ultra-successful small business. Papetti is the owner of Marie's Bees, a 100% women-owned beekeeping company based out of Bellingham.

Try 8 Hikes to Western Washington Fire Lookout Towers this Summer
Aug 02, 2022
Jen Sotolongo/Seattle Times

Mount Baker - Park Butte Lookout
Pacific Northwest Trailhead, FS-13, Concrete
Park Butte is about as close as you can get to summiting Mount Baker without actually standing on its peak. This fire lookout sits atop a rock face right in the shadow of Koma Kulshan.

Our Favorite High-Elevation Crags to Beat Summer’s Heat
Aug 01, 2022
Dougald Macdonald/Climbing

Washington Pass, Washington

Washington Pass is an alpine climbing area with all the usual hazards—storms, loose rock, snowfields. It’s best known for summit climbs like the Beckey Route and Liberty Crack on Liberty Bell, the closest tower to the road. But the super-short approach from State Route 20—short by alpine standards anyway—along with a selection of great half-day climbs and some primo bouldering, make this an awesome destination for rock climbers as well.

The 10 Most Underrated U.S. National Parks
Jul 30, 2022
Rebecca Strong/Best Life

North Cascades National Park

The North Cascades National Park may be one of the least-visited national parks, but that's just part of the appeal: no long lines, and plenty of peace and quiet. It's also a super pet-friendly park, so feel free to bring along your furry companion.

Wander Brewing Opening a Second Location in Bellingham
Jul 29, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

Literally, Wander Brewing was born from a spirit of adventure and discovery. Chad and Colleen Kuehl settled down in Bellingham and opened Wander Brewing eight years ago.

Jul 28, 2022
Ryn Pfeuffer/1889 Magazine

Summer and no-holds-barred fun is in full swing! We crave cold beverages, outdoor patios and as much of the resurgent feeling of community as possible. Add to that a desire for adventures between our rugged coastline and the Cascade Range.

The 15 Least-visited National Parks in the US for Beautiful Views and Adventure Without the Crowds
Jul 27, 2022
Stacey Leasca/Travel & Leisure

4. North Cascades National Park, Washington
Three hours from Seattle, North Cascades National Park offers the most glacier views in the U.S. outside of Alaska. Though the North Cascades National Park Service Complex is one of the world's snowiest places, it still provides visitors with a range of activities year-round, from river rafting trips to horseback riding, backpacking, climbing, and hiking hundreds of trails.

The 10 Best U.S. Lakes That Need to Be on Your Bucket List
Jul 26, 2022
Dana Shultz/Best Life

Diablo Lake, Washington
Diablo Lake is located in the North Cascade mountains in northern Washington state. It's reached via a roughly four-mile hike up to an elevation of 1,500 feet, though certain spots can also be accessed via car.

Two New Brewery Destinations Opening in Bellingham
Jul 25, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

North Fork Barrel House
The North Fork Brewery, a self-described brewery, pizzeria, and beer shrine, is located along Highway 542 about 20 miles northeast of Bellingham.

El Sueñito Brewing
Two blocks up the street from the new North Fork Barrel House, the folks at El Sueñito Brewing are busily working to build out their brewery and taproom (at the corner of Iowa Street and Humbolt Street).

The 12 Best Mountain Bike Destinations in the USA
Jul 25, 2022
Jeff Barber/Singletracks

12. Bellingham, Washington
So what makes Bellingham stand out as a worthy mountain bike destination, and not just a strong local ride spot? For starters, the environment is unlike any of the others on this list. Many of the trails are lush, green, and loamy. And steep.

The 9 Best U.S. National Parks to Visit in August, Experts Say
Jul 21, 2022
Anna Abramskaya/Best Life

North Cascades National Park
Frequently recommended by travel enthusiasts and bloggers alike is North Cascades National Park in Washington.

"This is one of the least visited national parks, but in my opinion, [it] is the prettiest park in the country," Chantelle Kincy, owner and author of the Flannels or Flip Flops travel blog, tells Best Life. 

The Cascade Loop is Washington's Most Scenic Road Trip & You Can Drive it in a Weekend
Jul 18, 2022
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

The Cascade Loop is a two to four-day drive encompassing over 400 miles of Washington state. During summer and early fall, you can enjoy water sports, fishing, cycling, hiking in higher elevations, and community farmers’ markets.

The First-Ever NW Tune-Up Festival Featured Bikes & Music in Bellingham
Jul 13, 2022

The inaugural Northwest Tune-Up Festival, the summer’s premier bikes, music & beer festival, celebrated the spirit and soul of the Northwest in absolutely epic style this past weekend in Bellingham, Washington. Held at the city’s spectacular Waterfront park and Galbraith Mountain biking trails, the family friendly event hosted several thousand people over the course of three days.

49th Parallel Ports Pass encourages exploring Blaine, Point Roberts attractions
Jul 13, 2022
Cameron Sires/The Northern Light

Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism launched its 49th Parallel Ports Pass just in time for summer. The pass gives tourists and locals a chance to explore Blaine, Semiahmoo and Point Roberts by offering discounts in various locations and a chance to win a stay at Semiahmoo Resort. Amy Guerra, marketing director of Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, said they worked with Bandwango, a travel technology platform, to create a system where the experience is accessible to anyone.

The 25 Best National Parks in the U.S.
Jul 12, 2022
Stacey Leasca/Travel & Leisure

22. North Cascades National Park, Washington
North Cascades National Park is the spot to be if you need your parks packed with a variety of views and ecosystems. Find mountains, emerald-green lakes, meadows, and forests all in one spot.

Yes, You Can Volunteer To Go On Hikes With Fun Pups!
Jul 12, 2022
Gloria Angelin/King 5

The Pittie Project PNW is not only “giving pitties on death row their second chance,” but also providing them with fun activities and the rehabilitation they deserve. 

“Our goal with The Pittie Project is to just get as many pitties out of high kill shelters,” explained Ashley Georgia, founder of the Pittie Project PNW. “Get them the training that they need, get them the rehabilitation they need.”

These Photos Will Make You Want to Book a Trip to the San Juans Immediately
Jul 12, 2022
Emily Nathan/Sunset

Travelers arrive via kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, sailboats, and motored vessels of all kinds to uninhabited islets for an afternoon of fishing or overnight camping. Entire islands, like Clark Island, which is a short boat ride from the car-ferry–serviced Lummi Island, are designated as state parks and offer campsites (complete with bathrooms and cook stations) perched on low bluffs overlooking the water.

The 25 Best National Parks in the U.S.
Jul 12, 2022
Stacey Leasca/Travel & Leisure

22. North Cascades National Park, Washington
North Cascades National Park is the spot to be if you need your parks packed with a variety of views and ecosystems. Find mountains, emerald-green lakes, meadows, and forests all in one spot.

Top 6 Things To Do In North Cascades National Park
Jul 11, 2022
Laura Taylor/Travel Off Path

North Cascades National Park is one of Washington State’s national parks. This remote park is one of the lesser-known parks in the United States, but that doesn’t mean it won’t make for an amazing visit. The National Park makes up part of the North Cascades Complex, which also includes Ross Lake National Recreation Area and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

Let’s Visit The Most Rad Beer Garden In The Pacific Northwest
Jul 10, 2022
Leslie Kelly/Forbes

Yes, there’s a lot of competition for the tasty title, but Kulshan Trackside lands firmly at the top of the heap when it comes to summer fun accompanied by award-winning craft beer in this beer-obsessed corner of the country.

National Parks for Nature Lovers Who Hate Crowds: See America's 10 Least-visited Gems
Jul 08, 2022
Camille Fine/USA Today

North Cascades, Washington

Explore the jagged peaks, alpine landscape and more than 300 glaciers of North Cascades National Park, less than three hours from Seattle.

Bald Eagle Golf Club on Point Roberts Back Open After Two-year Shut Down Due to Border Closure
Jul 06, 2022
Curtis Crabtree/Fox 13 Seattle

Bald Eagle Golf Club in Point Roberts had to shut its doors, lay off workers, and hope the course could tread water until a general state of normality was able to return. That’s because Point Roberts found itself totally isolated due to the community’s unique geographical circumstances.

12 Road Trips That Should Only Be Done in the Summer
Jul 04, 2022
Molly O'Brien/Fodor's Travel

North Cascades Scenic Highway
The North Cascades Scenic Highway travels through Washington’s iconic Cascades, which are often referred to as “the American Alps” for their impressive grandeur. The route is flanked by spiking sawtoothed peaks (many of which rise well above 9,000 feet in elevation), dipping valleys, rushing waterfalls, and imposing glaciers.

12 Road Trips That Should Only Be Done in the Summer
Jul 04, 2022
Molly O'Brien/Fodor's Travel

North Cascades Scenic Highway
The North Cascades Scenic Highway travels through Washington’s iconic Cascades, which are often referred to as “the American Alps” for their impressive grandeur. The route is flanked by spiking sawtoothed peaks (many of which rise well above 9,000 feet in elevation), dipping valleys, rushing waterfalls, and imposing glaciers.

Amtrak Trains Between Vancouver and Seattle Back on Track
Jul 02, 2022
Maria Diment/Vancouver is Awesome

Rail travel between Vancouver and Seattle is back on track after a two year hiatus. The Amtrak Cascades passenger train service announced July 1 that service will resume in the fall. 

This Washington Lake Turns Turquoise in the Summer and Here's How to Visit It
Jun 30, 2022
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

Washington State is full of many magnificent natural wonders including some spectacularly blue water. However, you can’t find it just anywhere, no, you have to go to the heart of the North Cascades. There you’ll find Diablo Lake, one of Washington’s most colorful bodies of water.

Ponderosa Beer Bringing Beer and Books Together in Bellingham
Jun 30, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

A new beer-focused business is poised to open near the waterfront in downtown Bellingham. Ponderosa Beer + Books will offer food- and beer-focused books alongside a selection of beer available on tap or to go.

Go North for Active Days and Appetizing Nights
Jun 29, 2022
Julie Weed/The New York Times

The Pacific Northwest’s lesser-known jewel, Bellingham, Wash., offers world-class scenery, sculpture and seafood within easy reach of Seattle. You can get from Seattle to Bellingham, Wash., by driving 90 miles straight up the interstate, but you shouldn’t. The best route to this small city tucked where the mighty Cascade mountain range meets the sea can be more scenic and pleasurable.

Bellingham Grants Aim to Promote Tourism, Boost Economic Recovery Post-pandemic
Jun 29, 2022
Franque Thompson/Fox 13 Seattle

Amy Guerra is the marketing director for Visit Bellingham | Whatcom County, an economic development organization promoting all things great about the community. The group also tracks tourism dollars. Guerra said the impacts of the pandemic weakened a huge part of the area’s economy structure.

The Least Visited National Parks in 2021, if You’re Looking To Avoid Big Crowds
Jun 29, 2022
Lizzy Rosenberg/Green Matters

North Cascades National Park, Washington
While Cascades National Park is a PNW staple, North Cascades National Park is only three hours from Seattle, and is far less crowded than Cascades. The park has ample terrain for some unreal river rafting trips, horseback rides, backpacking trips, rock climbing excursions, and hikes. And if you're a hiker, there is a wide variety of trails, depending on your experience.

Washington Coast Resort Beckons With Maximum Indoor Comforts and Boundless Outdoor Adventures
Jun 29, 2022
Gemma Alexander/Parent Map

Whatcom County is a Pacific Northwest insider secret. Families love it in summer for berry farms, beaches and bike rides. But if you’re not afraid of some rain (and who is, here in the Northwest?), the area holds just as much appeal any other time of year.

America's Best Cities for Remote Workers: The Great Outdoors
Jun 28, 2022
Kristine Liao/Ownerly

4. Bellingham, Washington

Score: 68.25

The last major city before the Washington coastline meets the Canadian border, Bellingham is a college town with an abundance of opportunities for recreation.

Restaurants Worth the Drive: 6 Spots to Visit on your Washington State Road Trip
Jun 21, 2022
KING 5 Evening

Birch Door Cafe - Bellingham
People come for the famous apple pancakes and stay for the lively atmosphere. Even on a weekday morning, The Birch Door Cafe in Bellingham is packed. It's the kind of place that still does things the old-fashioned way.  

10 of the Best Lake Hikes You Can Do in Washington this Summer
Jun 16, 2022
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

Picture Lake
Want something easy as pie that’s super rewarding? Check out Picture Lake, one of the most photographed spots in America. After an 0.5-mile hike, you’ll get a picture-perfect view of the lake and Mount Shuksan.

The Best Mountains to Climb in Washington State
Jun 13, 2022
Liz Flynn/Money Inc

7. Mount Shuksan (Whatcom County, WA)

It is considered one of the most beautiful mountainous views in the world. It is also one of the most photographed mountains.

6. Mount Baker (Whatcom County, WA)

It is possible to see this mountain from Seattle on a bright day. Mount Baker is an active mountain meaning it can erupt anytime. 

15 Best Hidden Gem National Parks To Visit In The U.S.
Jun 12, 2022
Greg Jackson/Travel Awaits

8. North Cascades National Park - Sedro-Woolley, Washington
North Cascades National Park experiences the same perma-drizzle weather that made Seattle famous. Although it’s just 3 hours from the Emerald City, it seems like a different planet. 

The Insider’s Guide to Visiting North Cascades National Park
Jun 10, 2022
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

Still, the North Cascades are more welcoming than they seem, with a beautiful highway winding from western greenery to the burnished colors of Eastern Washington, with boats ferrying up Ross Lake and Lake Chelan, with trails springing from every one of the region’s few roads. 

5 Stunning Cabins For A Romantic Vacation
Jun 09, 2022
Sophie McLeod/Capitol File

Wander A Frame By Mt. Baker
This gorgeous, forest green A frame highlights the romanticism and wonder to be found in outdoor living. This cabin has been rated one of the Top Ten Airbnbs and for good reason; the structure of the cabin allows for an abundance of natural light, and the loft offers three beds in addition to the master bedroom.

10 of the Best Swimming Holes You Can Visit in Washington State
Jun 09, 2022
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

Whatcom Falls Park is a beautiful place to spend a day for both the winding forested trails and of course the falls themselves. You’ll also find a beautifully built WPA bridge. Of course, the main attraction here in the summer is the swimming holes located along the river.

Destination Remote: 7 of the Most Isolated Places in Washington State
Jun 08, 2022
Evening Staff/King 5

Point Roberts - Whatcom County

During the best of times, Point Roberts, Washington is a laid-back getaway for nearby Canadians. These are not the best of times.

How to Take a Night Sky Photo in Washington
Jun 08, 2022
Taylor McKenzie Gerlach/Seattle Met

At the end of Mt. Baker Highway, Artist Point is one of Porter’s favorites for capturing stars over the Cascade peak. Anywhere in Eastern Washington (like Sun Mountain) is a safe bet for dark skies and the occasional aurora borealis sighting.

The Good Time Girls Offer an Off-beat History of Bellingham
Jun 07, 2022
MaryRose Denton/Seattle Refined

No, she has not time traveled from the pages of The Great Gatsby but she does lead this crowd back in time through Bellingham’s somewhat sordid past of brothels and saloon scrimmages. This is Kolby LaBree, co-owner with Wren Urbigkit, of the walking tour company Good Time Girls.

10 Road Trip Destinations Less than Three Hours from Vancouver
Jun 06, 2022
Amir Ali/Curated

Weekend trips to Bellis Fair in Bellingham, Washington, were almost a tradition for many Vancouverites once upon a time. If you’re craving a bite-sized road trip for a quick little shopping spree, Bellingham is a great option. Aside from Bellis Fair, there’s a lot of natural beauty to find within Bellingham.

The Insider’s Guide to Visiting North Cascades National Park
Jun 03, 2022
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

We Love the North Cacades! National Park for what it’s not: It’s not easy to get to, it’s not all that busy, and it’s not a simple park. The top part of the state’s Cascade spine is a patchwork of protected lands: a spread of national park here, a finger of national recreation land there, and a sliver of hydroelectric dams and powerhouses in the middle. The surrounding buffer of national forests and Canadian provincial parks makes for a large, wild chunk of the Pacific Northwest.

Fastpacking Mixes Backpacking and Trail Running. Here’s what it looks like
Jun 03, 2022
Jen Sotolongo/Seattle Times

Bellingham-based Aspire Adventure Running organizes multiday running adventures across the Pacific Northwest. Trips range from two to four days and cover as many as 100 miles. Runners can choose from a variety of lengths, locations and difficulties, and trips include emergency and logistical support (such as permits), and some meals.

Splitboarding Fresh Powder Above the Clouds on Mt. Baker
Jun 01, 2022
Will Sileo/The Inertia

It’s been an honor to share Nick’s splitboard mountaineering project with the world. To watch the first seven episodes, and follow along as Nick and the crew tackle the West’s volcanoes from Shasta to Mt. Baker.

The Amazing Campground In Washington Where You Can Spend The Night For Under $25
May 31, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

If you’re heading to the North Cascades this summer, make a reservation at Colonial Creek Campground. Not only is the location perfect, but you can stay for $24 per night. North Cascades National Park is an absolute treasure, especially in the summertime.

The One-Of-A-Kind Boutique Hotel You Didn’t Know Was Hiding In Washington
May 30, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

And if what you’re looking for happens to be a boutique hotel with a lot of character that sits in the heart of one of our most beloved little cities, look no further than Hotel Leo. This is a historic property, but the amenities are as modern as can be.

Is Tourism Back? Here’s What to Expect in Whatcom County this Summer
May 27, 2022
Dave Gallagher/Bellingham Herald

Revenue from tourism spending in Whatcom County was estimated to be $555 million in 2019, according to data gathered by Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism. It plunged to $380.9 million in 2020 after the pandemic arrived, but rebounded to $527.4 million in 2021. According to the data, lodging rebounded strongly in 2021, while food, recreation and retail fell short of 2019 pre-pandemic spending levels.

Introducing Beer Fridge, a New Washington-based Beer Subscription Company
May 26, 2022

Beer Fridge, a new startup out of Bellingham, WA is helping craft beer lovers discover new breweries, try unique beers, and connect more local breweries to their fans. And, just in time for Father’s Day, you can make your old man proud for once and send him a gift he’ll actually enjoy…

Avoid Crowded Airports and Security Delays with these Three Cross-border Trips
May 25, 2022
Maryam Siddiqi/The Globe and Mail

Bellingham, Wash.
Less than 90 minutes from Vancouver, Bellingham has been repurposing old buildings and reveling in Waypoint Park, a new waterpark that’s part of a mega waterfront redevelopment. Along with beaches, a playground and walking trails, there’s a new outdoor sculpture and murals to take in.

How Bellingham became a Hotbed for Mountain Biking
May 21, 2022
Gregory Scruggs/Seattle Times

Every town has its summertime sporting rituals — a company softball league, pickup soccer night. Bellingham is no different: Wednesday is race night. And in this Washington town, which has become a mountain biking hot spot, that means you bring your bike.

Stay off the Beaten Path this Summer at these 8 Unique Pacific Northwest Locales
May 20, 2022
Julia Duin/Seattle Times

Base Camp at North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
What most people driving the remote North Cascades Highway may not realize is they don’t have to drive back toward Sedro-Woolley to find lodging; there’s a place on the shores of Diablo Lake, at North Cascades Environmental Learning Center’s base camp.

25 Wonderful Weekend Getaways from Seattle, Washington
May 20, 2022
Valerie/Valerie & Valise

22. Bellingham
Bellingham is a fun weekend trip from Seattle if you want to step back in time to harken back to your college days. Home of Western Washington University, you can have a good time exploring the campus or downtown area with cheap eats and fun laid-back bars.

7 Natural Wonders Unique To The Evergreen State That Should Be On Everyone’s Washington Bucket List
May 18, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

2. Diablo Lake
Diablo Lake is located in the North Cascades. There are almost 8,000 lakes in Washington, but this one stands out due to its turquoise hue, which is attributed to the surrounding glaciers that grind rocks into a fine powder that is carried into the lake through creeks.

Is Washington’s Cascade Loop the Most Beautiful Road Trip in America?
May 18, 2022
Megan Michelson/Outside Magazine

Mile 286: Diablo Lake Overlook and Trail
Take your time driving over this pass. It’s downright gorgeous. Pull over at the Diablo Lake Overlook for a view of the turquoise water located within North Cascades National Park.

13 Small Towns You Should Visit This Summer
May 16, 2022
Alisa Mala/World Atlas

Bellingham, Washington
The coastal hub of north-western Washington, Bellingham, is a known base with much to offer before taking off on a ferry cruise to the San Juan Islands or the city of Victoria on Vancouver Island. Its lively streets leading to the central core are filled with fine dining and shopping establishments, while the historic Fairhaven district is great to wander around for the architecture and the sights.

9 Great Hikes in WA for People with Wheelchairs, Canes, Crutches or Strollers
May 13, 2022
Jen Sotolongo/Seattle Times

Artist Point and Picture Lake — Mount Baker
The short, ADA-accessible path around Picture Lake near Mount Baker is one of the most photographed views in the United States. The view of Mount Shuksan is among the most beautiful sights in all the North Cascades and is well worth the drive to see with your own eyes.

Bike Trails of the Pacific Northwest
May 12, 2022
Crai Bower/AAA

Seattleite Sean Petersmark represents another excellent trend in Washington State cycling: inclusion. A road cyclist since his college days at Western, he rode from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to Bellingham in the summer of his senior year. Petersmark works with the Major Taylor Project to introduce urban kids to the joys of cycling.

Rick Steves on Why Northern Washington Is as Alluring as Europe
May 10, 2022
Meaghan Kenny/Conde Nast Traveler

“Whatcom County, just up the road from my hometown, is a wonderful example of how, so often, there are great treasures hiding in your own backyard,” Steves tells Traveler. For the television personality and author, Whatcom County is all about nature, beer, and smiles. “Sure, it ain’t Europe, but Europe ain’t Whatcom County, either.”

The Beloved Hole-In-The-Wall That Serves The Arguably Best Pie In All Of Washington
May 09, 2022
Meghan Byers/Only In Your State

There are plenty of places in Washington to find a good slice of pie, but few have the long history, carefully-cultivated traditional recipes, and dedication to using fresh and local ingredients that you’ll find at Lynden Dutch Bakery. This small-town, hole-in-the-wall establishment has been going strong since it opened its doors in 1907.

8 Most Scenic Lakes In Washington To Plan A Vacation Around
May 07, 2022
Tyler Wildeck/The Travel

Diablo Lake
The impressive cascading waterfalls and magnificent mountain backgrounds make Diablo Lake one of the most sought-after vacation getaways. It opens doors for the 6.12-kilometer trail, which runs along the northern shoreline. Hikers get a perfect opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty.

Washington Brewers Bring Home 13 Medals from World Beer Cup
May 05, 2022
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

Bellingham, Washington Medals
Gold: Wander Litely, Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA (International Light Lager – 154 Entries)
Silver: Correspondent, Wander Brewing, Bellingham, WA (Export Stout – 53 Entries)
Silver: Transporter, Kulshan Brewing Co. – James Street, Bellingham, WA (Brown Porter – 57 Entries)

20 Best Things to Do in Bellingham, WA
May 02, 2022
Utsa, Jermaine/Travel Lens

A city of excitement, Bellingham is one of Washington's hidden gems. Bellingham is a friendly place with many natural sights to explore, including scenic lakes and rivers, majestic mountains, and vast state parks.

How to Plan Your First Backpacking Trip in Washington
May 02, 2022
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

Car camping isn’t the only form of outdoorsing that requires a reservation. Many spots across the Northwest fall under a permit-use area, and some restrict the number issued. Rule of thumb: If it’s in a national park (Rainier, Olympic, or North Cascades), the backpacking trip probably requires advance booking. The Enchantments area, a beautiful expanse of mountain lakes near Leavenworth, is also carefully controlled. Reservations are arranged through

5 Beautiful Hikes To Experience In North Cascades National Park
Apr 30, 2022
Michelle Peters/Travel Awaits

Our family’s life in Seattle is busy, but when the mountains are calling, I set my sights on North Cascades National Park (NCNP), one of the most remote and rugged national parks in Washington State.

Wharfs, Piers and Boardwalks of the Pacific Northwest
Apr 28, 2022

The South Bay Trail in Bellingham features an over-water boardwalk and a shoreline path to create 2 miles of pedestrian-only enjoyment between Bellingham’s business district and Fairhaven. Along the way, visitors spot Grace Statue, a human-shaped metal statue perched on a rocky outcropping.

The Stunning Washington Drive That Is One Of The Best Road Trips You Can Take In America
Apr 26, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

As a matter of fact, a few of our road trip routes sometimes receive national attention. The North Cascades Highway is definitely one of them. If you’ve never cruised down this stretch of Highway 20, make this the summer you do.

A Winter of Mountain Biking in Bellingham with the Atmospheric River Rats
Apr 20, 2022
Eric Olsen/Outside Pink Bike

Inspired by "A Slice of British Pie" we set out to make a community mountain bike movie. We wanted to avoid filming only "pro" riders and instead wanted to capture a diverse range of skill levels. We proudly present "Atmospheric River Rats" a Bellingham community mountain bike movie.

8 Fun Things to Do in Charming Lynden, Washington
Apr 20, 2022
Camille Gullickson/Out + About Travel

If your family is anything like ours, pandemic life has given you a whole new appreciation for the outdoors. For my crew, outdoor adventuring during the past couple of years has included excursions to some of our state’s many beautiful agricultural communities. Lynden, a straight shot north of Seattle by car and located just a few miles from the U.S.-Canadian border, is the pick of the crop to add to your family’s summer bucket list.

Details Announced for the The Northwest Tune-Up - A Mountain Bike, Beer, & Music Festival in Bellingham, Washington
Apr 19, 2022
NWTuneup/Pink Bike

To kick summer off in style, the inaugural Northwest Tune-Up festival, a celebration of mountain biking, beer, and music, will be held July 8-10, 2022. In a region overflowing with passionate bikers, renowned brewers, and talented musicians, the NW Tune-Up is excited to bring together the many cultures that make the Pacific Northwest so special. Early bird tickets are on sale now.

Discover the Beauty of All 63 U.S. National Parks
Apr 18, 2022
National Geographic

North Cascades National Park, Washington
From massive glaciers to sun-soaked beaches, national parks offer some of America’s wildest and most iconic landscapes.
Less than three hours by car from Seattle or Vancouver, North Cascades National Park is home to more than 300 glaciers and over 500 lakes and ponds. 

These Washington Spots Serve The Best Homemade Pies
Apr 13, 2022
Zuri Anderson/IHeart

Writers picked out two Washington eateries as standouts in the nation: Lynden Dutch Bakery (Lynden) and Simply Soulful (Seattle).

Here's what they said about Lynden Dutch Bakery:

"If you leave Lynden via 539 North, the next town you hit will be Aldergrove … in Canada. This town and its roughly century-old bakery might be considered the middle of nowhere. But if you find yourself here with more than 16 types of pie — including a particularly decadent chocolate caramel cream, 'nowhere' isn't such a bad place to be."

These Dreamy National Parks Are Totally Underrated & You Can See Them For Free Next Week
Apr 12, 2022
Maeve Browne/Narcity

North Cascades
Why We Love Them: Known as the American Alps, the North Cascade National Park boasts rugged forest, pristine lakes, and over 300 glaciers. During the spring, the trails burst with vibrant wildflowers, while you can see icy snow-capped mountain ranges during the winter months.

Enjoy A Scenic Drive Along Washington’s 5 Most Beautiful Backroads
Apr 12, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

1. Chuckanut Drive
The iconic Chuckanut Drive is Washington's original scenic byway. Start in Burlington and head west on Highway 11 through farmlands, eventually cruising along the coast until you reach Bellingham.

21 Summer Vacation Ideas the Whole Family Will Love
Apr 11, 2022
Rachel Mosely/Oprah Daily

For $80, the America the Beautiful Annual Pass provides 12 months’ access to over 2,000 national parks and federal recreation areas for one vehicle and up to four passengers. Summer (peak season for many national parks) is the perfect time to discover less-visited but still highly reviewed options, such as New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns or Washington’s North Cascades.

The Best Coffee Roaster in Every State
Apr 11, 2022
David Landsel/Food & Wine

Washington - Camber Coffee
In a state brimming with retro charm, this Bellingham standout has been quite happy to bound ahead of the pack, roasting some of the most essential coffees in the Northwest right now. What to try: Artist Series selections, rotating throughout the year (currently Ethiopia Hamesho Natural) 8 oz. $20

Tired of Crowds? Try These Underrated National Parks Instead
Apr 11, 2022
J.D. Simkins/Sunset

North Cascades National Park, Washington
Visitors to the Pacific Northwest may be quick to see Mount Rainier or Olympic national parks, but the stunning North Cascades National Park, which sits less than three hours northeast of Seattle, is often further down the to-do list. (It shouldn’t be.)

The Sweet Love Story Behind JoJoe's Doughnuts in Bellingham
Apr 09, 2022
MaryRose Denton/Seattle Refined

In a little shop on Commercial Street in downtown Bellingham, this dynamic duo of Jo and Joe are serving up pastries of joy. If doughnuts were not your jam before, they might be now. Fresh every morning, these tantalizing pastry creations are loaded into the front display cases.

24 Beautiful Cabins in Washington State
Apr 09, 2022
ThePlanetD Team

3. The Snowline Cabin
With dark wood paneling, large chalet-style windows, and dense green foliage, the Snowline Cabin is one of those classic cozy cabins in Washington. From the moment you park the car, you’ll feel the cool mountain air and the delightful smells of nature.

Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway: Evergreen Forests & Emerald Bays
Apr 08, 2022
America From The Road

Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway is a twenty-two mile stretch of road that features lush evergreen forests and gorgeous emerald bays. The curvy road hugs tall sandstone cliffs as it travels alongside the shoreline of picture perfect Samish Bay.

Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway: Evergreen Forests & Emerald Bays
Apr 08, 2022
America From The Road

Chuckanut Drive Scenic Byway is a twenty-two mile stretch of road that features lush evergreen forests and gorgeous emerald bays. The curvy road hugs tall sandstone cliffs as it travels alongside the shoreline of picture perfect Samish Bay.

Borders Busy on First Day After COVID-19 Test Lifted for Arriving Travellers
Apr 02, 2022
Susan Lazaruk/Vancouver Sun

“We’ve been happy since we heard they were dropping the test, and today we’re thrilled,” said Sandy Ward, CEO of Bellingham Tourism. “We have seen an increase in the last couple of weeks and our hoteliers have been telling us they’re seeing more bookings already.”

Blaine, Bellingham Businesses Welcome Back British Columbians as Travel Restrictions Ease
Apr 01, 2022
Angela Jung/CTV News

Sandy Ward, president and CEO of Visit Bellingham, said locals hope the increased visitor traffic continues.

“A lot of it has to do with parking-flying packages that are being offered at our hotels, and airlines have really stepped up flights out of Bellingham International Airport,” she explained.

The Outstanding Restaurant In Washington That Is Known For A Single Menu Item
Apr 01, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

If you happen to be in Bellingham and you ask the locals where to get the best breakfast in town, The Birch Door Cafe is sure to come up. Even on weekday mornings, this place stays perpetually packed, and it rarely seems to slow down.

My First Solo Getaway in Two Years, Fairhaven in Bellingham for the Win
Mar 30, 2022
Sue Frause/Eat Play Sleep

So when it seemed somewhat OK to push my travel button again, I opted for a solo overnighter to The Chrysalis Inn & Spa in Fairhaven ~ a cool historical area just south of downtown Bellingham, and one of my favorite close-to-home getaways. It's a pleasant two-hour drive from my home on Whidbey Island, and best of all, involves no ferries or freeways.

Bellingham Cafe, Famous for the Apple Pancake Represents Three Generations of Culinary Traditions
Mar 30, 2022
Angela Poe Russell/King 5

Even on a weekday morning, The Birch Door Cafe in Bellingham is packed. It's the kind of place that still does things the old-fashioned way.

Water Cascades Down the Mountains in This Breathtaking National Park
Mar 29, 2022
Nick Hilden/Thrillist

About two hours from Seattle, a spectacular land awaits. Amid the greenery of Northern Washington, Highway 20 veers through a valley of fertile fields and quiet farmlands. Onward, the road meanders between gently rolling foothills along the icy-green waters of the upper Skagit River (where you might spot a bald eagle or two).

Wildflower Season is Coming in WA. Plan to Take These 5 Hikes this Spring and Summer
Mar 29, 2022
Jen Sotolongo/Seattle Times

Yellow Aster Butte
This popular North Cascades hike, located in the Mount Baker Wilderness in Whatcom County just south of the U.S.-Canada border, is teeming with color in mid-to-late summer, displaying wildflowers such as fireweed, paintbrush and, of course, aster. 

Washington’s Big Rock Garden Park is a Work of Art
Mar 29, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

There’s so much to love about Bellingham. The charming coastal city has all kinds of amenities, and it’s surrounded by nature. Big Rock Garden is a hidden oasis in Bellingham, sitting nestled on a hill above Lake Whatcom on Sylvan Street, this 2.5-acre park is the perfect place for a little escape.

Top Bucket List Mountain Bike Rides of 2022
Mar 28, 2022
Mountain Bike Action

4. Bellingham, Washington
Bellingham lies in Western Washington, about two hours north of Seattle and about 80 minutes south of Vancouver, Canada. It offers a wide range of beautiful and challenging trails set in the forests common to the Pacific Northwest.

Lynden Dutch Bakery Celebrates 115 Years by Making Treats The Old Fashioned Way
Mar 28, 2022
Kim Holcomb/King5

Washington State’s second-oldest bakery is celebrating 115 years in business. Lynden Dutch Bakery, located just south of the Canadian border, first opened its doors in 1907 and still reflects the town’s history.

Featuring A Lake And Views Of Mt Baker, The Chain Lake Loop Trail Is One Of Washington’s Most Rewarding Hikes
Mar 27, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

Hiking opportunities abound in Washington, with beautiful treks seemingly around each bend. Today, we’re going to highlight one of our state’s most scenic excursions, which comes with some seriously stunning visual rewards. We highly recommend checking out the Chain Lake Loop Trail and think it’s one of the best and most beautiful hikes in Washington!

From New York City-style Steak to Cake Shops, Bellingham Delivers Big on Flavor
Mar 23, 2022
Jackie Varriano/Seattle Times

In 2019, a stranger approached chef James Zamory at his food stall in New York City’s massive weekly outdoor food event called Smorgasburg. The stranger said there was a guy in Bellingham, Washington, who wanted to know if Zamory and his business partners wanted to move across the country and open a restaurant there.

A Deep Inner Meaning Seattle Returns Ancient Artifacts to Upper Skagit Tribe
Mar 23, 2022
David Gutman/Seattle Times

The artifacts are currently stored at a curation facility at the North Cascades National Park ranger station in Marblemount.

Growth Out of the Pandemic: Bellewood Farms Pivots for Pome Fruit
Mar 19, 2022
Jack Petree/Growing Produce

Bellewood Farms is an orchard operation located in Northwest Washington State’s Whatcom County, an hour north of the Seattle Metropolitan Area and a dozen or so miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. The business operates around a core resource consisting of 31 acres of high-density orchard and is home to approximately 25,000 trees featuring 21 different varieties of apples and three varieties of pears.

This One-Of-A-Kind Washington Brewery Has Irresistible Pizza, A Beer Shrine, And A Wedding Chapel
Mar 18, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

Washington is home to about 375 breweries, which isn’t surprising considering that the vast majority of our country’s hops are grown locally. Our breweries are scattered across the state, ranging from small batch breweries to the larger, well-known brands.  

Father to Ride 321 miles from Bellingham to Portland for Daughter with Down Syndrome
Mar 18, 2022
Chris Cashman/King 5

On Monday, March 21, dubbed World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, Matt Lyman will complete his 321-mile bike ride from Bellingham to Portland in an effort to raise awareness and funds for the Down Syndrome Community of Puget Sound.

Cheese is a Risky Business, Yet WA's Cheese-making Scene is on the Rise
Mar 15, 2022
Jackie Varriano/Seattle Times

It’s warm and humid in the cheese-making room at Ferndale Farmstead, a low-slung red building on a rural road in Ferndale, Whatcom County. Whey is draining directly onto the floor from elevated tubs filled with curds and whey — the drains leading to an exterior whey tank — as curds pour into large, rectangular Italian drain tables on wheels. 

This Washington Road Trip Takes You From The Shores Of Bellingham Bay To Majestic Mount Baker
Mar 15, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

When you’re born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, the desire for exploration comes naturally. Living in Washington means having an abundance of hiking trails, camp sites, and road trip routes right in your backyard, and you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t check out some of them when you have the time.

Let it Fly: The Story Behind Bellingham's Symbolic City Flag
Mar 12, 2022
Maryrose Denton/Seattle Refined

If you visit Bellingham, almost everywhere you go, shop, or eat, you will see the green and blue flag flown. It is even painted on the sides of buildings and incorporated into murals of the city’s history. The city pride is contagious and publicly displayed with honor.

All the Reasons Northern Washington Should Be on Your Must-Visit List
Mar 10, 2022
Kate Loweth/Tiny Beans

Tide pools, breweries, indoor rock climbing and waterfalls—these and so much more are waiting for you when you visit Bellingham, WA. Just south of the Canadian border, Bellingham sits in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest and is an ideal family vacation destination any time of year. Our recent winter visit had us wanting to plan a return trip ASAP and here’s everything we loved about it.

There Are Giant Gnomes Hiding On The Enchanted Forest Trail In Washington Just Like Something Out Of A Storybook
Mar 04, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

Did you know there’s a (very) small part of Washington that can only be accessed through the Canadian border or by small plane or private boat? Point Roberts was born when the U.S. and Canada cut off a small end of the Tsawwassen Peninsula while they were deciding on their borders. This left a small piece of land that belongs to us, although it isn’t exactly easy to reach.

This Washington Seafood Spot Offers Fresh Shellfish Straight From The Tide
Mar 03, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

Totten Inlet sits in the southern end of Puget Sound. And that’s where the Taylor Shellfish story began. In 1890, the Taylor family began farming shellfish in those waters, and five generations later, they’re still going strong. Taylor Shellfish Farms has locations all over Washington, and the seafood is as fresh as it gets.

7 Exceptional Washington Restaurants To Try When You’re Dining Out On A Budget
Feb 24, 2022
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

4. Bantam (Bellingham)

Fried chicken lovers, rejoice. Bantam Kitchen & Bar serves some of the most scrumptious fried chicken (and rotisserie chicken, and Southern-style sides) in the state. And while the prices here aren't the cheapest in town (which is good, as they pay their staff a living wage), for the portions and the quality, it's an absolute steal.

Top 10 Least Visited U.S. National Parks In 2021
Feb 19, 2022
Jim Fulcher/Travel Awaits

4. North Cascades National Park

North Cascades may only be about 3 hours from Seattle but it’s still remote and rugged. In fact, the park is known for its jagged peaks, more than 300 glaciers, and water running through heavily forested valleys.

9 Underrated National Parks You Should Visit
Feb 19, 2022
Andrew Douglas/World Atlas

North Cascades National Park, Washington
Is it really possible that a stunning National Park, a mere 3-hours from the populated city of Seattle, Washington, can be a hidden gem? The annual visitor counts would suggest so.

15 Best Things to Do in Birch Bay, WA
Feb 15, 2022
Glen Dale/Travel Lens

The distinct crescent shape of Birch Bay made this small town known in Washington as a wonderful place to enjoy the calm waters of the Northwest Pacific. Since it's blessed with natural beauty, Birch Bay offers everyone a wide range of outdoor recreational activities for families, friends, and even lone travelers.

The Rarest Maple Syrup in America might be made right here in Washington
Feb 11, 2022
Mark Wright/King 5

When most of us think of maple syrup, we picture the Eastern U.S. and Canada where sugar maple trees number in the millions. But here in Washington, one man is daring to make syrup from the maple trees we have here — the bigleaf maple. His name is Neil McLeod, and for the past five years, he’s been making and selling small batches of maple syrup on a farm in the tiny town of Acme, Wash., in Whatcom County.

This National Park Has The Most Glacial Hikes Outside Of Alaska
Feb 11, 2022
Katie Machado/The Travel

The glaciers in North Cascades National Park, high in the Cascades Mountains, are one of the most striking features of the park itself. While the weather remains somewhat winter-like for much of the year at this elevation, one needs only to drive to the park itself in order to witness its stunning snow-covered mountaintops.

Finding Fury in the North Cascades
Feb 10, 2022
Michelle Parker/Red Bull

Climb and ski the northeast face of 8,280-foot Mount Fury, a steep, remote peak in the Picket Range, known as the most rugged part of Washington’s North Cascades.

Cozy up to the Heart of Bellingham at Hotel Leo
Feb 09, 2022
MaryRose Denton/Seattle Refined

Bellingham is home to craft brews, artisan fairs, and a plethora of activities, from mountain biking to kayaking. Views of majestic Mount Baker loom over the city, beckoning residents, visitors and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Whether you're shopping in the revitalized downtown core, brew hopping, or just passing through town, Hotel Leo is the ideal central location to stay in the heart of Bellingham.

7 Lesser-Known U.S. National Parks To Visit In 2022
Feb 09, 2022
Laura Taylor/Travel Off Path

4. North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park is probably one of the least well-known National Parks in Washington State, at least in comparison to big-name parks such as Olympic National Park. Home to some jaw-dropping scenic views, miles of hiking trails, and an abundance of wildlife, this park is truly a hidden gem. While North Cascades is an amazing place for hiking and camping, it’s also pretty remote, and the popularity of backcountry trips over casual day hikes means that many of the things to do in this park can be more intense than in some other destinations. 

Birch Bay Beekeeper named 2021 Beekeeper of the Year by Statewide Organization
Feb 09, 2022
Grace McCarthy/The Northern Light

A Birch Bay beekeeper received a statewide award for her dedication to protecting honeybees from the Asian giant hornet.

Western Washington University will be home to Washington State’s first carbon neutral college building
Feb 07, 2022
David Malone/Building Design Construction

Western Washington University is in the final stages of its capital campaign to raise funds for the construction of a new computer science and engineering facility that will include the first net-zero energy/carbon neutral building on a college campus in Washington state.

Put the V in Vegan Valentine With PETA’s Top Desserts
Feb 04, 2022

Classic Scone—SconeGrown, Bellingham, Washington

SconeGrown’s Classic Scone is a crumbly vanilla-flavored delight, served with clotted coconut cream and strawberry jam. The bakery also serves Blueberry, Chocolate Chip, and Golden Mylk scones, along with gluten-free baked goods and some savory lunch items. For Valentine’s Day, all regular menu items—as well as chocolate strawberry toaster pastries—will be available for preorder until supplies last.

Best Romantic Valentine's Day Weekend Getaways on Rivers
Feb 03, 2022
Maeve Miller/River Travel Magazine

Best For Beautiful Outdoor Scenery

If your partner and you love spending time together in the great outdoors, a Valentine’s getaway to Bellingham, Washington will not disappoint. A haven for year-round hiking, you can hit the trails like the popular Whatcom Falls Park Trails, Hertz Trail at North Lake Whatcom Park, Chuckanut Ridge Trail at Chuckanut, and many more.

Words on Winter by Washington’s Poet Laureate
Jan 30, 2022
Rena Priest/The Seattle Times

Rena Priest is the Washington State Poet Laureate. She is a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She is a Vadon Foundation Fellow, and recipient of an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award. Her debut collection, “Patriarchy Blues,” received an American Book Award.

Welcome Road Winery adds Bellingham address
Jan 30, 2022
Dan Radil/Great Northwest Wine

The philosophy of Welcome Road Winery owners Kristen Dorrity and Leigh McMillan is remarkably simple: “We love wine, food and the great outdoors.”

And while the couple enjoys skiing, hiking and traveling, they strive to maintain a close- to-home, neighborhood-oriented feel to their brand as they expand beyond their flagship tasting room in West Seattle into downtown Bellingham .

Transition Bikes Puts Culture, Passion and Riders First
Jan 26, 2022
Andrew Entrikin/Business Pulse

Hobbies are the best. They are why we get up early on Saturday morning, and they are why we're excited to get home at the end of a workday. They are that thing we do that is specific to us. There is no downside to hobbies; they are just there as part of enjoying life. 

How to Snowshoe Washington's Breathtaking Artist Point Snowshoe Trail
Jan 25, 2022
Antonina/Embrace Someplace

Last winter, my husband and I spent an exciting weekend snowshoeing the Artist Point Snowshoe Trail and wow - just wow! 

The 9 Best Breakfast Places in Washington State!
Jan 24, 2022
Best Things Washington

Homeskillet, Bellingham, WA

This tiny kitsch styled breakfast house in Bellingham serves up some seriously tasty breakfast skillets in an odd yet quintessentially satisfying experience of small spaces and huge plates! The home cooking is worth making the trip to Bellingham on its own!

The Sweet, Sustainable Buzz Of Coffee Blossom Honey
Jan 24, 2022
Tyler Hagan/Sprudge

From a young age, Edwin Martinez understood what it took to be successful in coffee. Growing up as a child in Guatemala, his grandparents farmed coffee in the Huehuetenango region, and then passed the farm down to his parents. Nowadays, Martinez lives in Bellingham, Washington, near the Canadian border—far from Guatemala, but maintaining close links to Huehuetenango.

Artist Point Snowshoe, Mt Baker
Jan 23, 2022
Hannah Kacary/That Adventurer

On a clear day you can see Mt Baker in Washington State from Vancouver. That sight still blows my mind. Since we’ve recently got some new Canadian visas, we decided to head down on a weekend road trip to the US to get a bit closer to Mt Baker.

Discover 25 Insanely Fun Things to do in Bellingham Washington
Jan 21, 2022
The Kare Bear

Are you searching for the best things to do in Bellingham Washington? Between mountain adventures and charming city strolls, Bellingham attractions are amazing! These are the top 25 can’t-miss places to go in Bellingham.

Things to Do in Washington in January
Jan 12, 2022
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

Bellingham Folk Fest
Kicking off January 20, Bellingham’s music festival sets toes tapping with live performances and workshops around downtown. Informal jams spring up between scheduled events, and concerts range from more formal seated sessions to stand-up and dance-along versions.

Eric's Heroes A day in the life of an artist
Jan 12, 2022
Eric Johnson/KOMO News

Sometimes she walks across the street from her apartment in Bellingham to the Haggen grocery store.

That's where she works.

Beth Anna Margolis sweeps up when needed, and she bags groceries too. She's 50 now. And she's worked here for half of that time.

Perfect Winter Road Trips for When You Need to Escape Seattle
Jan 10, 2022
Emma Banks/thrillist

Bellingham, Washington

Distance from Seattle: One hour, 30 minutes

Bellingham is sort of a no-brainer when it comes to Washington State road trips: From Seattle, it’s a straight shot up the 5, and once you get there, you’ll have a laundry list of things to see and do. 

6 Natural Hot Springs in Washington State that will Melt your Winter Blues
Jan 07, 2022
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

Baker Hot Springs
This hot spring is pretty nondescript but it’s easy to get to all things considered. If you’re planning on heading to Mount Baker National Forest you should check this out. But you will want to have an SUV or high clearance vehicle to get there.

50 Best Places to Travel in 2022
Jan 04, 2022
Chelsea B./Travel Lemming

2. North Cascades National Park, Washington

Treat yourself to some of the most unparalleled beauty in the country by adding North Cascades National Park to your list of places to travel in 2022. This rugged paradise is one of the least visited national parks in the US, meaning it’s perfect for travelers seeking an outdoor excursion without the crowds.

7 Fabulous Things To Do During A Weekend In Beautiful Bellingham, Washington
Jan 04, 2022
Peggy Cleveland/Travel Awaits

Bellingham, Washington is a coastal city about 90 miles north of Seattle and 20 miles from the Canadian Border. Outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to the city to enjoy the amenities while having access to a plethora of adventure activities.  

Meet the Birds of the North Cascades
Jan 04, 2022
Karen Povey/Washington's National Park Fund

Bird Communities in the North Cascades
Because the national park straddles the Cascade mountains, it encompasses a variety of distinct ecosystems, each with a specific complement of birds. A total of 217 bird species have been recorded within the park.

12 Fun Things to Do Near Blaine, WA Any Time of Year
Jan 02, 2022
The Egresis Adventures & Photography

For New Year’s Eve, we decided to head north to check out Birch Bay and the city of Blaine. Even with unusually cold temperatures and snow on the ground, we found plenty of fun things to do near Blaine to make it a memorable weekend. Visiting in winter made for a really quiet, relaxing trip with no crowds. We are already talking about trying to go back in the summer sometime, when we imagine the waterfront town really comes alive!

True to Nature
Jan 01, 2022
Jessical Pook/Selling Travel

Bellingham - The coastal city near the Canadian border is surrounded by natural beauty, from the Salish Sea to Mt. Baker, a snow capped volcano with ski runs. It is an area for outdoor adventures, with hiking and biking trails, while Bellingham Bay has several beaches. 

10 Easy Winter Weekend Getaways to Take Now
Dec 28, 2021
Natalie Compagno/Tiny Beans

Bellingham is packed with food, festivities, beer and water views, and the main part of town is easily accessible and filled with shopping and sights. To get a taste of the town’s rich and colorful past we recommend taking a walking tour with The Good Time Girls. Kids love the enthusiastic costumed guides and their enthralling stories.  

Take This Road Trip To The Most Charming Chuckanut Drive Towns In Washington
Dec 21, 2021
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

If you’ve ever made the drive to Bellingham, hopefully you’ve veered off the beaten path (known as I-5) and checked out Washington’s original scenic byway, Chuckanut Drive. Known for its farm fresh food, delightful oysters, and stunning scenery, this 24-mile stretch of road is sometimes referred to as Washington’s Big Sur.

Bellingham 12th Best Small City for Job Growth in U.S.
Dec 20, 2021

New numbers out from money website Self Financial show that the Bellingham job market has been exceptionally busy this year. The report shows that Bellingham had the 12th largest percentage increase in employment among smaller US cities, with a 6.2% gain in new jobs.

3 Washington Cities Rank in Top 50 US Places for Beer Drinkers; Seattle Didn't Take the Top Spot
Dec 20, 2021
Lindsey Kirschman/SeattlePI

Surprisingly, the first Washington city to make the list was not Seattle: it was Bellingham, ranking 22nd in the nation. With 12 total breweries, an average of 79.7 beers per brewery, 19.5 bars per 100,000 residents and the low cost average of $5 for a pint, this college city to the north is the place for beer lovers.

Persistence And Payoff In The Skagit Range Of The North Cascades
Dec 20, 2021
Sonja Saxe/The Journal of Lost Time

I round a bend of overgrown foliage and a familiar outline comes into view: Ruth Mountain. I have become acquainted with her these past couple months: her jagged contours, inviting snowy slopes, and a propensity to bend the weather to her will.

Here’s a Guide to the Top 10 Ski Areas Near Seattle as We Head into Washington’s 2021-22 Winter Season
Dec 20, 2021
Gregory Scruggs/Seattle Times

It snows here. A lot. Mount Baker Ski Area still hangs its hat on the world-record-breaking 1998-1999 season, when it snowed 1,140 inches. Modest elevation can affect snow levels, so watch the weather closely before making this long day trip from Seattle. Overnight in nearby Glacier for a weekend getaway.

Washington’s Post-Pandemic Brewery Boom Continues
Dec 20, 2021
Kendall Jones/Washington Beer Blog

A boom? A flurry? Those terms might overstate the reality, but maybe not. Amid all the pandemic-induced chaos and uncertainty, a surprisingly large number of people moved forward with plans to open new breweries in Washington. Also, several existing breweries expanded operations or added locations. It speaks to the resiliency and fortitude of the industry.

Best 10 Trails in Washington
Dec 17, 2021
Ann Trieu/Style and Senses

Hidden Lake Lookout - Hike early and try to make it to the lookout for a 360 mountain view
Maple Pass - One of the best larch and fall foilage walks in WA
Winchester Mountain Trail - Easy with rewarding views

Most Fitness-Friendly Places for 2022
Dec 15, 2021
Ben Geier/Smart Asset

SmartAsset analyzed data to identify and rank where in America are the most fitness-friendly places in 2022 and Bellingham is ranked #20.

5 Fabulous Mountain Experiences Skiing The Cascade Volcanoes
Dec 13, 2021
Peggy Cleveland/Travel Awaits

1. Mount Baker

The Mount Baker Ski Area is the most remote on this list. Located in Whatcom County, Washington, it is a 90-minute drive for 37 miles along State Road 542 from Bellingham, the nearest big city. The ski area is in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest through a permit granted by the United States Forest Service. The ski runs are in sight of Mt. Baker. 

Don’t Miss These Totem Poles of the Lummi People in Bellingham, Washington
Dec 01, 2021
Rena Priest/AAA

This November, wherever your travels may take you, be sure to celebrate Native American Heritage month by seeking out and enjoying Indigenous art — such as totem poles. This is a rewarding and meaningful way to engage with the stories, cultures, values and fine art forms offered by the many talented Indigenous artists of the Western Hemisphere.

33 Best Things to Do in Washington State (By a Local!)
Dec 01, 2021
Chelsea Booker/Travel Lemming

Planning a trip to Washington? You’re in luck because there are countless things to do in Washington state! Maybe you’re here to explore the national parks or the Puget Sound and you want to see incredible natural wonders. 

Cruises and more VIA the Port of Seattle
Nov 29, 2021
Visit USA

A three-city Hub-and-Spoke itinerary that allows more time in each destination. Attractions, tours, museums, history, nature, and wildlife viewing are combined to create a truly memorable, and educational, family holiday. Visits to Seattle, Bellingham and Olympia are followed by Mount Rainier National Park.

Vegan & Hungry in Bellingham? Look for Sage Against the Machine
Nov 29, 2021
MaryRose Denton/Seattle Refined

When you are vegan and hungry in Bellingham - look no further, my friend, than Sage Against the Machine. This plant-based food truck can be found all over Bellingham, hopping around from Kulshans and Stones Throw breweries to the lunchtime plaza at Barclay Village. Just look for the green food truck with the fist logo.

Healthy, Raw, Vegan...Chocolate? It Exists, Thanks to this Bellingham Company
Nov 29, 2021
MaryRose Denton/Seattle Refined

Healthy, Raw, and Vegan. All words we expect to see on heath and organic foods, but on chocolate? That's a little more rare, but not for Bellingham's LunaVida Chocolates. These mini organic squares of chocolate love you right back, and are handmade from LunaVida's kitchen to yours.

A Wee Bit of Ireland in Bellingham
Nov 29, 2021
MaryRose Denton/Day Trips in Washington

Ever desired to learn how to play a penny whistle? Do you enjoy tapping your toes to a reel and a jig? Or maybe diving into the lore of Ireland through storytelling suits your fancy? All of these, plus more, can be found each October at a unique festival in Bellingham, Washington, celebrating traditional Irish culture through its music, dance, language and overall appreciation of the arts.

These Ski Resorts Get The Most Snow, Which Means A Wild Adventure For Skiers
Nov 26, 2021
Joshua Chiedu

Mount Baker ski resort is a winter paradise for winter vacationers and with is 641 inches of average snowfall per year, it receives more snow than any other resort in the world. With this, winter sports lovers who visit this ski resort will enjoy the views of the nearby Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker while skiing on lots of snow.

The 16 Swankiest College Campuses, Ranked By Luscious Vibes
Nov 22, 2021
Amanda Edelman/Buzzfeed

12. Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
Are you an outdoorsy person? If so, the extensive Outdoor Center at Western Washington University has you covered tenfold. Camping, kayaking, ice picking, and more are all available through the on-campus rental center. It's an adventurer's dream college.

Best Cities to Visit in Washington State
Nov 19, 2021
Karee of Our Woven Journey/Buddy the Traveling Monkey

Bellingham is such a great city to visit, yet slides under the radar for many people visiting Washington. This city of 80,000 people has the eclectic vibes of a college town thanks to Western Washington University, yet the quaintness that comes from being settled over 100 years ago.

Outrunning Fires in North Cascades National Park
Nov 18, 2021
Emily Pennington/Outside

North Cascades, in northern Washington, is largely designated as a wilderness park, expressly set aside to remain untrammeled by man, but there is one road, North Cascades Scenic Highway, that cuts through the center of it, bisecting the north and south units. Smoke be damned, I wanted to swan dive straight into the heart of the area and see what conditions were like.

Mount Baker, Washington
Nov 16, 2021
Douglas Scott/AAA Journey

Fun, beauty and adventure await on this day trip into the North Cascades. 

I Spent 24 Hours In The Closest US Border Town To Vancouver and It's Super Cute
Nov 15, 2021
Morgan Leet/Narcity Vancouver

The U.S. Canada border finally opened this week and I took full advantage with a trip to the closest U.S. town to me.

Explore Mount Baker Washington
Nov 15, 2021
Douglas Scott/AAA Journey

From sea level, through timber country to the base of the 10,781-foot volcano, take a 60-mile day drive on state Route 542 in the northwest portion of Washington State. Plan on taking a couple of hours each way. There is no hurry. The mountain will be waiting for you.

5 Can’t-Miss Stops Along Washington’s Mt. Baker Scenic Byway
Nov 10, 2021
Emily Butterfield/Escape Camper Vans

The Mt. Baker Scenic Byway (State Route 542) is a beautiful year-round playground for outdoor adventurers. The 58-mile route near the Canadian border runs northeast from Bellingham to Artist Point and is the only road to reach Mt. Baker Ski Area. It’s a 1.5-hour drive from our Vancouver, BC rental location and under 3 hours from our Seattle camper van rental site.

Spend the Day as a Rooftop Beekeeper in Bellingham
Nov 10, 2021
Kim Holcomb/King 5 Evening

You can be a rooftop beekeeper for a day in the Fairhaven Historic District.

Marisa Papetti, owner of Marie’s Bees, keeps about 100 hives throughout Whatcom County – but two of them offer a one-of-a-kind experience on top of the Sycamore Square building.

Oh, Hey—Here Are the Winners of This Year’s Washington Beer Awards
Nov 08, 2021
Allecia Vermillion/Seattle Met

The Washington Beer Awards are back after last year’s pandemic-induced pause. The event—held over the weekend at the Elliott Bay Brewing pub in Lake City—replicates the style of big-time national competitions, but exclusively for Washington breweries.

A Pickleball Sports Bar Operated by Volli Entertainment Group Announces Bellingham, WA Location
Nov 08, 2021
Brett Wagner/EINPressWire

 Volli Entertainment Group announced the opening of the first pickleball sports bar in Bellingham, Washington. This innovative indoor facility will open its doors to the community in mid-2022.

How One Northwest Tribe Aims to Keep its Cool as its Glaciers Melt
Nov 08, 2021
John Ryan/KUOW

In Whatcom County, the Nooksack and Lummi tribes are taking steps to counteract the big melt and keep their salmon and their cultures alive.

Northwest Glaciers are Melting. What that means to Indigenous Salmon People
Nov 06, 2021
John Ryan/KUOW

In Whatcom County, where Yates lives, the dominant feature of the horizon is the 10,781-foot snow cone of Mount Baker, the state’s third-highest peak.

Amtrak says Bellingham-to-Seattle Service will Resume Soon
Nov 05, 2021

For those curious as to when passenger trains will roll back into Bellingham, Amtrak says they’re working on Service from Seattle to Vancouver, with stops in Bellingham, Mount Vernon and Edmonds, has been suspended since the start of the pandemic.

Here's when Washington's Best Ski Hills Open & How Much Each Costs to Enjoy
Nov 05, 2021
Curiocity Staff/Curiocity

Mount Baker is known for snow and lots of it. It’s home to slopes for hardcore ski enthusiasts and areas for folks not faint of heart. It’s also a great opportunity to ski within a National Forest. While season passes are sold out you can still score daily lift tickets to enjoy this beloved and unique ski area.  

U.S. to Reopen Land Borders to Fully Vaccinated Travelers on Monday
Nov 04, 2021
KOMO News Staff & Associated Press

The U.S. will reopen its land borders to nonessential travel next Monday, Nov. 8, ending a 19-month freeze due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some business owners in Blaine say they’re thrilled by the move, but they remain cautious about just how many Canadian travelers will soon be passing through the area.

12 Great Hikes in North Cascades National Park
Nov 03, 2021
Julie/Earth Trekkers

North Cascades National Park is not a place that easily reveals itself. Sure, the drive along Highway 20 is lovely. And the viewpoints over the lakes and mountain passes are gorgeous. But, to really see this park, you are going to have to invest some time on the hiking trails.

Top Boomtowns in America – 2021 Edition
Nov 03, 2021
Stephanie Horan/Smart Asset

9. Bellingham, WA

Bellingham is the second of three Washington cities that make our top 10. Bellingham ranks particularly well for two metrics: five-year population change and average yearly GDP growth. 

Americans, Canadians Anxiously Awaiting Full Reopening of Border
Nov 03, 2021
Maya Rodriguez/WFTS Tampa Bay

 In between two border checkpoints, for two nations, sits one monument: the Peace Arch.

“The park is a solace,” said Christina Winkler. “It's a refuge.”

The Canadian Border Fully Reopens to Travelers
Nov 02, 2021
Allison Williams/Seattle Met

AT LONG LAST, the U.S.-Canadian border is porous again. Starting on November 8, not only will Americans be allowed to go north for leisure vacation—as they have since August 9—but Canadians will be free to enter the United States for the same. The Mexican border will move to the same mostly open status.

9 Reasons To Charter A Boat To Explore Washington’s San Juan Islands
Nov 02, 2021
June Russell-Chamberlin/Travel Awaits

Charter companies in Anacortes and Bellingham, Washington, make it easy to cruise the islands on a rented boat for a week, with or without a hired captain. Another option is to take a week-long, hands-on, live-aboard course to learn the necessary skills. San Juan Sailing even offers women-only courses.

Mead Spotlight!
Nov 02, 2021
Molly Allen/Sip Magazine

We’ve all had a PB&J a time or two. It’s a classic sandwich, and even though they’re simple, they’re entirely delicious. Artivem is taking this nostalgic lunchbox staple and bringing it to the beverage scene in the form of mead.

Point Roberts Trying to help Canadians Return with Measure to Cover COVID Test Costs
Oct 31, 2021
David Carrigg/Vancouver Sun

Point Roberts is expecting an influx of Canadians who own property in the U.S exclave and is taking steps to help them meet the requirement for a COVID-19 test before they return to Canada.

9 Best Things to do in North Cascades National Park
Oct 29, 2021
Earth Trekkers

Wild, rugged, remote...North Cascades National Park is highly underrated park, especially for hikers and backpackers. The scenic drives and overlooks give you a glimpse of the beauty of this place, but to truly discover the majesty of the North Cascades, you'll have to hit the hiking trails.

Dungeness Crab Season Could be Delayed Again this Year
Oct 22, 2021
Drew Penner/Good Times

Russ Mullins, the owner of Ferndale, Washington-based Longsoaker Fishing Systems, has been developing an underwater buoy deployment system. The netting can attach to traps fishermen already own, he explains.

Relax At This Cozy Treetop Cabin With A Hot Tub Right Here In Washington
Oct 22, 2021
Jessica Wick/Only In Your State

Everyone needs a quiet getaway once in awhile. And if falling asleep inside a cozy treetop cabin, surrounded by forest, after a starlight soak in a hot tub sounds appealing right about now, you clearly need a little break. This peaceful property is the perfect serene escape for two.

The Pacific Northwest Through the Eyes of a Poet
Oct 20, 2021
Rena Priest/Afar

Rena Priest, poet laureate for Washington, shares her perspective on her home state—and her poetry.

11 Places Vancouverites Can Visit in Washington Once the Border Reopens
Oct 19, 2021
Megan Devlin/DH News

Mount Baker
That giant mountain you can see while crossing the Lions Gate Bridge? Yeah, you can ski there. And it’s about the same distance from Vancouver as Whistler.

Shining a long-overdue Spotlight on Coast Salish Art
Oct 19, 2021
Margo Vansynghel/Crosscut

Mainstream art has long prioritized northern Native art from British Columbia and southeast Alaska over local art traditions. But things are changing. 

2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live in America
Oct 12, 2021

#37. Bellingham, WA

Situated between Vancouver to the north and Seattle to the south, Bellingham, WA offers an unparalleled quality of life for its 93,000 residents. This supportive, business-friendly town is right on the water of Bellingham Bay and has a wide array of outdoor recreation opportunities, both on the water and on land. 

Semiahmoo Resort and Spa Pacific Northwest Weekend Getaway
Oct 05, 2021
Marcie/Marcie in Mommyland

Semiahmoo Resort & Spa is located in Blaine, Washington about 90 minutes north of Seattle. The resort is located a bit off the freeway with lots of turns. Thankfully, there is plenty of signage along the roads making it really easy to find the resort.

Time to Recharge: 12 Relaxing Mom Getaways to Book Now
Sep 27, 2021
Natalie Compagno/Red Tricycle

The Chrysalis Inn and Spa – Bellingham

Upon entering The Chrysalis Inn & Spa, guests feel the welcoming and calming vibe instantly. The door to Spa at The Chrysalis seems to greet guests before the front desk staff do, beckoning you to book a treatment immediately. The spa has monthly specials but for serious pampering sign up for the Chrysalis Signature Trio—over three hours of heaven combining a massage, a facial and a hydrating pedicure. 

Meet and Adopt Adorable Cats at this Bellingham Cafe
Sep 21, 2021
Ellen Meny/KING 5 Evening

If you're ever dreamed of a place where you can hang out with cats to your heart's content, dream no more. Welcome to Neko — a Bellingham cat cafe. "Customers, when they come in, they always say, 'oh my gosh, this must be the best job ever'. And I just could not agree more," says owner Caitlin Unsell.

Bellingham's Hotel Bellwether Adds New Touches
Sep 21, 2021
Anne Erickson/KING 5 Evening

There are some iconic traditions at Bellingham’s Hotel Bellwether, like Bella, the canine concierge that greets guests in the lobby, and her signed ‘welcome notes’ for anyone who brings their dog to stay this pet-friendly hotel.

The Perfect Way to See Bellingham by Bike
Sep 21, 2021
Jose Cedeno/KING 5 & Danielle Pascual/KING 5 Evening

One of the most popular ways to get around Bellingham is on two wheels. There are dedicated paths and trails around the city for views of Bellingham Bay and more. But if you're new to the city or just visiting and don't know where to start, look no further than Recreation Northwest.

New Bellingham Mural Illustrates Coast Salish History
Sep 21, 2021
Anne Erickson, Alex Moore/King5

The salmon are running in Bellingham... up a river of concrete? In a new mural lining North Forest St. near downtown Bellingham, Jason LaClair, an artist of Lummi and Nooksack heritage, and local mural artist Gretchen Leggit have collaborated to transform a formerly vandalized wall for the city’s project of spotlighting local art and preventing graffiti.

Rick Steves Explores Whatcom County Seaside and Peace Arch State Park
Sep 21, 2021
Seattle Times

For the second episode in our “Rick Steves explores Whatcom County” series, Washington’s most famous travel writer visits the extreme northwest corner of the continental United States, sampling some oysters fresh from Blaine Harbor and learning about Peace Arch Park from Dr. Laurie Trautman.

Bellingham Eatery Does Everyday Farm to Table with Some Elvis Thrown in
Sep 14, 2021
Anne Erickson/KING 5 Evening

Everyday farm to table with a side of Elvis Presley. That's what you'll find when you step into Cosmos Bistro in Bellingham. The extensive Elvis collection can be blamed on chef and owner Cinnamom Berg's lifelong obsession with the King. She’s even got a velvet Elvis, and a cookbook of his favorite recipes. But a restaurant doesn't get this popular based on Elvis alone.

The Best Place to Go Apple Picking in Every State
Sep 10, 2021
Amanda Tarlton/Readers Digest

Washington: Bellewood Acres, Lynden

With over 25,000 fruit trees, Bellewood Acres has become one of the largest pick-your-own operations in Washington state. Catch a ride out to the orchard on the Apple Bin Express (the farm’s train) which even makes a stop at the pumpkin patch when you’re finished. The first apple to pick this season? The Gravenstein, a tart variety perfect for making fresh applesauce.

Rick Steves Gets Wowed in Whatcom County
Aug 26, 2021
Amy Kepferle/Cascadia Weekly

“Travel guru” Rick Steves is no stranger to Bellingham, but the world-famous guidebook author and activist’s visits here typically focus on schooling interested parties about the ins and outs of traveling to Europe and other far-flung global locales on a budget, with an aim to connect with local residents wherever you may land.

Explore Your Own Backyard
Aug 25, 2021
Amy Kepferle/Cascadia Weekly

Even before the pandemic brought an abrupt halt to the world as we know it, Todd Elsworth had transitioned from producing big events with countless moving parts to narrowing his focus.

Who Needs Italy When We Have Bar Cicotti in Bellingham?
Aug 17, 2021
Lauren Allain/Seattle Refined

If you drop everything and head to SeaTac right now, it would take you somewhere around 15 hours to land in Italy and find your way to a piazza for a pastry and an espresso. Alternatively, you could hop in the car and drive north for about 90 minutes and end up at Bellingham’s Bar Cicotti. While it's not exactly Italy, it does a fantastic job replicating the feel and authentic flavors we love from Italy.

Rick Steves Explores Whatcom County
Aug 17, 2021

We’re used to watching travel expert Rick Steves traverse Europe but with world travel on hold during the pandemic, he turned his attention to Whatcom County’s hidden gems.