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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

The southern entrance, with a sculpture/gate by the artist Lillian Pitt, made of two cedar canoe paddles and includes a glass sculpture of a Chinook woman's face.

Columbia Way

5/5Exceptional!(17 area reviews)

While visiting Columbia Way, you might make a stop by sights like Water Resources Education Center and Surprise Beach.

Columbia Way
A miserably wet day to have an alternator die out on the freeway, but the subsequent journey to the closest open mechanic deposited me next to this beautiful structure.  Originally a First Christian Church, it was built in 1925 to house a thriving congregation which had outgrown its most recent house of worship.  The building is now home to the unaffiliated Compass Church.

Even on a horribly grey day, the austere beauty of the place shines through.

http://ncbible.org/nwh/WaClark.html

And, yes, I love the #Architecture of the place.

Hough

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Hough and surrounding area, you can visit Jantzen Beach Center and Esther Short Park.

Hough
The greenway has gone from the spare, clipped scenes of Winter to a full-on flourishing in the middle of Spring.

West Hazel Dell

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in West Hazel Dell and surrounding area, you can visit Leverich Park and Jantzen Beach Center.

West Hazel Dell
The creek runs through a greenway one and one-half miles long, flanking a checkerboard of agrarian, residential and utility company property.

Northwest Vancouver

When in Northwest Vancouver, you can plan a visit to Leverich Park and Jantzen Beach Center, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Northwest Vancouver
A beautiful little church which I pass by at least once a week.  Finally got out of my car to take a picture.

Lincoln

Though Lincoln might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Leverich Park and Esther Short Park.

Lincoln
Sunrise on i5

Old Evergreen Highway

Though Old Evergreen Highway might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Grotto and Vancouver Mall.

Old Evergreen Highway

Top Hotels in Vancouver

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Heathman Lodge
Heathman Lodge
3.5 out of 5
7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver, WA
The price is $114 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Esther ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,211 reviews)

"Room had wall damage. Bed was extremely uncomfortable."…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2020

Heathman Lodge
Best Western Plus Vancouver Mall Dr. Hotel & Suites
Best Western Plus Vancouver Mall Dr. Hotel & Suites
2.5 out of 5
9420 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver, WA
The price is $74 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Situated in Vancouver, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Jantzen Beach Center and Portland Expo Center. Portland International ...

4.4/5Excellent! (980 reviews)

"Clean rooms amd property. Love, love , love the pillows."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Best Western Plus Vancouver Mall Dr. Hotel & Suites
Howard Johnson Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Vancouver
Howard Johnson Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Vancouver
2 out of 5
9201 NE Vancouver Mall Drive, Vancouver, WA
The price is $56 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

Located in the heart of Vancouver, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and Ulysses ...

3.5/5Good! (981 reviews)

"The property is very conveniently located. Staff is friendly. It could use updating. They were very accommodating when my plans changed not once but 3 times. Thank you"…"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2020

Howard Johnson Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Vancouver

Popular places to visit in Vancouver

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
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Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

5/5(14 reviews)

Stride around a 19th-century fort, watch live craft demonstrations and learn about Washington’s trading and military history.

Esther Short Park
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Esther Short Park

4/5(5 reviews)

Relax by fountains, shop in bustling markets and listen to concerts in a scenic park that has become the city of Vancouver’s premier outdoor public space.

Vancouver Lake Park
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Vancouver Lake Park

3/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful waterfalls and explore Vancouver Lake Park, a lovely green space in Vancouver. Check out the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Vancouver

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Washington
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Washington

$10
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Washington
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Washington

$10
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Washington
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Washington

$20
Per adult
Vancouver Scavenger Hunt: Volley Through Vancouver Bar Crawl
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Vancouver Scavenger Hunt: Volley Through Vancouver Bar Crawl

$20
Per adult
Half-Day Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfalls Tour
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Half-Day Multnomah Falls & Gorge Waterfalls Tour

$260
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Departure Private Transfer Vancouver to Vancouver YVR or Cruise Port by Minibus
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Departure Private Transfer Vancouver to Vancouver YVR or Cruise Port by Minibus

$200
Per adult

Reviews of Vancouver

4.1

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 13.894736842105264%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Vancouver is nice. Easy to get around.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 27, 2020

Looked like good menu options available on site at the lodge. I wish we had been there at the times offered and will in the future!

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Apr 16, 2020

It smells like ass!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Downtown impressions: Pretty quiet; not much going on. Seems predominantly residential. No shopping.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 13, 2020

Vancouver ours changing and growing.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 9, 2020

Seems like a nice little city.

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