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Vancouver, WA
Travel Guide

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

Heathman Lodge
Heathman Lodge
3.5 out of 5
7801 NE Greenwood Dr, Vancouver, WA
The price is ¥13,013 per night from May 20 to May 20
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 ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,268 reviews)
"Nice room"

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Heathman Lodge
Hilton Vancouver Washington
Hilton Vancouver Washington
3.5 out of 5
301 W. 6th Street, Vancouver, WA
The price is ¥15,856 per night from May 31 to May 31
Located in the heart of Vancouver, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Esther Short Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Jantzen Beach Center and Portland Expo Center. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (981 reviews)
"Location was amazing small park, weekend craft market right across quite street, plenty of options for food good amenities."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Hilton Vancouver Washington
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 ¥11,451 per night from May 31 to May 31
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 ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (522 reviews)
"Great location, Close to stores and eateries. We enjoyed the fact that we were close enough to Portland without having to fight the crowds or traffic. Rooms are exceptionally clean! I was very impressed with the level of customer service. Definitely worth paying the extra!"

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

Best Western Premier Hotel at Fisher's Landing
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.
The Grey Getaway, a New, Quiet, One Bedroom Apartment!
The Grey Getaway, a New, Quiet, One Bedroom Apartment!
Vancouver, WA
The price is ¥7,108 per night from May 23 to May 23
Situated in Vancouver, this apartment building is 4.8 mi (7.6 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 12 mi (20 km) of Jantzen Beach Center and Portland Expo Center. ...
4.2/5Excellent! (9 reviews)
"Perfect space to enjoy a get away and be near everything ."

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

The Grey Getaway, a New, Quiet, One Bedroom Apartment!
New! Inviting Studio w/ Patio - 15 Mi to Portland!
New! Inviting Studio w/ Patio - 15 Mi to Portland!
Vancouver, WA
Located in the heart of Vancouver, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Vancouver Mall, Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital, and Washington State University ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"This place is a little gem! The host is so friendly and helpful, and it's like staying in a homey studio apartment. We enjoyed having a small kitchen, being able to order takeout, and sit out on the private patio at night - especially since going out is still difficult in the pandemic. We were very ..."

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

New! Inviting Studio w/ Patio - 15 Mi to Portland!
The Enchanted Cottage, Super Cute Tiny House in a Private Peaceful Neighborhood
The Enchanted Cottage, Super Cute Tiny House in a Private Peaceful Neighborhood
Vancouver, WA
Situated in Vancouver, this cottage is 4.8 mi (7.6 km) from Vancouver Mall and within 12 mi (20 km) of Jantzen Beach Center and Portland Expo Center. Portland ...
3.5/5Good! (4 reviews)
"Enchanted Cottage" deceiving description
"Nice quiet neighborhood setting but once you round the back of the house where there are two more rental properties who keep their exterior lights on at night the enchanted cottage becomes no more than an aging rundown tiny house set up in someone's backyard in order to pay the mortgage for the front ..."

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2019

The Enchanted Cottage, Super Cute Tiny House in a Private Peaceful Neighborhood
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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