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Bellingham is a city known for its friendliness, ecological outlook, and scenic location in the northwest corner of the US mainland. It’s got museums – including a fascinating look at the early days of electricity in the SPARK Museum – but it’s also the kind of place where you just want to relax and explore. Grab hold of a rental car with the help of Orbitz, and drive around the area. You’ll discover hidden waterfalls at Whatcom Falls in the southeast of the town, and the laid-back, artsy campus of Western Washington University by the water’s edge. Keep driving to find remote islands and celebrated cities.
Bellingham and beyond: The final frontier of the US
Bellingham is the last outpost of the mainland US in the northwest, situated between two thrilling cities and on the edge of the Pacific Northwest’s spectacular scenery. Here’s where you can drive to from the town.
Deception Pass State Park sits at the northern tip of Whidbey Island, which you can drive to from Bellingham over a huge, cantilevered bridge. It’s a scenic, peaceful spot, promising views of the Olympic Mountains out to the west, and quiet beaches hidden at the end of hiking trails. One of the best ways to see the area is from the seat of a kayak, drifting serenely through the pass itself.
Journey time: Around 45 minutes
Distance: Approximately 40 miles
Endlessly entertaining Seattle is just a short trip south from Bellingham. It’s famous for its coffee, star-making music scene, and towering Space Needle. The peninsula is packed with museums and galleries, with enough entertainment for younger visitors, too. The Seattle Aquarium, the Woodland Park Zoo, and the Seattle Children’s Museum are sure to keep families entertained for days.
Journey time: Around 1 hour 30 minutes
Distance: Approximately 85 miles
Vancouver is one of the most famous cities in Canada, known for its spectacular setting beneath the peaks of snow-capped mountains. The skyscrapers of Downtown sit next to the edgy, old-world streets of Gastown, one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city. Best of all, it’s just a short hop over the border from Bellingham to reach this major metropolis.
Journey time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes
Distance: Approximately 55 miles