Bellingham is a top destination for the outdoor enthusiast. Sitting at the foot of Mount Baker, visitors often go skiing, snowboarding, or hiking at this world-class mountain. Mountain bikers from all over the world come to ride the trails at Galbraith Mountain, with it just a short ride away from downtown. If your preferred activity is on two feet, enjoy the many trails near downtown to go hiking or camping. Finally, enjoy Bellingham Bay at our many waterfront parks and marina and take in the beautiful coastal scenery near downtown.


Named the snobbiest beer city in the United States, you'll find microbreweries all around Bellingham, and six right in downtown. Enjoy award winning beer in our breweries and bars, with atmospheres ranging from Irish pubs to modern warehouses. Our food scene is just as eclectic and delicious as our beer. With an emphasis on local producers and a farm-to-table culture, downtown's restaurants showcase the best Whatcom County and nearby Skagit County have to offer.  


Bellingham is home to the second-largest arts district in the country (based on arts businesses per capita) and our rich history makes it an ideal destination for avid learners and families. Our arts district is home to the Whatcom Museum, Mount Baker Theatre, Pickford Film Center, and many other art-based businesses and studios. Pique your curiosities at the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention and Mindport with hands-on interactive exhibits perfect for adults and kids alike. Interested in local history? Take a tour with The Good Time Girls and discover how Bellingham was formed and the rich history of downtown and its red light district.