Visit Bellingham, WA.

When you deplane in Bellingham, you’ll find yourself in a prime position to explore so much of what the Pacific Northwest has to offer—both stateside and across the Canadian border. At just 21 miles south of the U.S.-Canadian border, you can access Vancouver to the north, Seattle to the south, or simply stay in town to see the sights right where you land.

Bordering Bellingham Bay, the city of Bellingham bills itself as the City of Subdued Excitement. Whether this reflects the leisurely pace of small-town life or a nod toward the stoic nature of outdoor explorers, it certainly invites deeper exploration. Consider starting with a visit to the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, where you can learn about local history or join a Gallery Walk tour of historic buildings around town. If you’d rather set sail instead of hoofing it, the museum also offers historic sightseeing cruises on Bellingham Bay.

Exploring the unique natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest is possible without leaving city limits. Whatcom Falls Park cuts through the heart of Bellingham and includes plenty of pedestrian trails to explore. Set your sights on one of four sets of waterfalls or spend the day hiking to each of them for unforgettable photo ops. For more opportunities to connect with local wildlife, head to Georgia Straight or the Puget Sound for a whale watching excursion.

When it’s time to trade local wildlife for regional culture, consider an evening at the historic Mount Baker Theatre. Listed on the register of National Historic Places and recently restored to its early 20th-century glory, it’s the largest performing arts theatre north of Seattle and is rumored to be home to a poltergeist. You’re sure to find something by which to be transfixed if you visit. Gadget geeks and science fans will want to stop by the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention for interactive exhibits about the history of electricity and related world-changing inventions.

See what life is like when you live your day to day as a Bellinghamster. Southwest Airlines flies to Bellingham, WA, which makes it easy for you to get away to the Pacific Northwest, nearby Canada, or any number of next-up destinations. Embarking on a memorable trip is about more than finding low fares on flights—learn more about the Southwest® Experience and book your upcoming flight to Bellingham, WA, today.

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Things to do in Bellingham, WA.

Enriching outings
  • Bellingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Mount Baker Theatre
  • Pickford Film Center
Can’t-miss museums
  • The Lynden Pioneer Museum
  • SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention
  • The Whatcom Museum
Outdoor adventure opportunities
  • Big Rock Sculpture Garden
  • Cornwall Park
  • Lighthouse Marine Park

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