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

Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
3.5 out of 5
1500 SE 167th Ave, Vancouver, WA
The price is $122 per night from Oct 10 to Oct 10
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Vancouver Mall, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, and Jantzen Beach Center. Portland Expo ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (643 reviews)
"Good customer service and clean"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2021

Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
Heathman Lodge
Heathman Lodge
3.5 out of 5
7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver, WA
The price is $139 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of General Oliver Otis Howard House and Fort Vancouver ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,233 reviews)
"This place is fantastic, 'nuff said!!"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2021

Heathman Lodge
Hilton Vancouver Washington
Hilton Vancouver Washington
3.5 out of 5
301 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, WA
The price is $150 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 11
Located in the heart of Vancouver, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from General Oliver Otis Howard House and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Portland International Raceway. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (982 reviews)
"Excellent front dedk experience"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2021

Hilton Vancouver Washington
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The Grey Getaway, a New, Quiet, One Bedroom Apartment!
The Grey Getaway, a New, Quiet, One Bedroom Apartment!
Vancouver, WA
The price is $65 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Situated in Vancouver, this apartment building is 4.8 mi (7.6 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 12 mi (20 km) of Portland International Raceway and Columbia ...
4.4/5Excellent! (16 reviews)
Clean and quiet
"A clean little getaway in a quiet neighborhood, would stay here again"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

The Grey Getaway, a New, Quiet, One Bedroom Apartment!
Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver-Portland
Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver-Portland
3 out of 5
701 Southeast Columbia Shores Blvd, Vancouver, WA
The price is $167 per night from Oct 15 to Oct 15
Located in Columbia Way, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and within 3 mi (5 km) of General Oliver Otis Howard House ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (395 reviews)
"We loved the pool and patio. The rooms were designed well for small family. Wish there was better sound proofing."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Vancouver-Portland
Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
3 out of 5
7301 NE 41st Street, Vancouver, WA
The price is $152 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 21
Situated in Vancouver, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Esther Short ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (707 reviews)
"A quiet place; two separate rooms for privacy; close to the freeway and Safeway supermarket; close to Vancouver mall"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Portland Vancouver 41st Street
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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