Vancouver, WA

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Officers Row featuring heritage architecture and a house
Enjoy important historic sites, a thriving arts scene and outdoor adventures in Vancouver, a city nestled under Washington’s stunning mountains.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to stay in Vancouver

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Vancouver
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Vancouver
2.5 out of 5
1500 Northeast 134th St, Vancouver, WA, 98685
The price is $89 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 20
$89
per night
Dec 19 - Dec 20
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Vancouver. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"Friendly employees and great location"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Vancouver
Heathman Lodge
Heathman Lodge
3.5 out of 5
7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver, WA, 98662
The price is $94 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$94
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Vancouver. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,119 reviews)
"We have been staying a couple times a year for many years and love it. Especially around the holiday's. Staff is amazing."

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2022

Heathman Lodge
Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
3.5 out of 5
1500 SE 167th Ave, Vancouver, WA, 98683
The price is $105 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
$105
per night
Dec 5 - Dec 6
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Vancouver. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (934 reviews)
"Staff was amazing, helpful and friendly. Definitely recommend"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
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Bungalow Guest House
Bungalow Guest House
Vancouver, WA
Stay at this vacation home in Vancouver. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Cascade Station and Colwood National Golf Course ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"The bungalow was very nice. No neighboring rooms so it made you feel very private on the property. It had grassy areas for a dog to do dog things. I'd definitively stay again. The property owner was helpful in finding the property as it is off the main road and side street."

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2022

Bungalow Guest House
Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
3 out of 5
7301 NE 41st Street, Vancouver, WA, 98662
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Vancouver. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free airport shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (783 reviews)
Perfect for our needs this trip
"We were visiting family who live 5 minutes away so this was a great location for us. We were just minutes away from stores, restaurants, main roads and highways and yet the hotel was quiet. The room was spacious and had everything we needed. Good budget option and I would have no problem staying ..."

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
2402 KAUFFMAN AVE
2402 KAUFFMAN AVE
2402 Kauffman Ave, Vancouver, WA, 98660
Stay at this vacation home in Vancouver. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Esther Short Park and Vancouver Farmers Market are ...
2402 KAUFFMAN AVE
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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