Washington’s Best Kept Secret: Bellingham

Photo Courtesy of Visit Bellingham

What do you do with a 10,781-foot mountain in your back yard? In Bellingham and Whatcom County the answer is: play and play hard.

Whatcom County is blessed with easy access to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and the North Cascades National Park. Both are filled with abundant hiking thanks to their treasured trail systems which reach quietly through the foothills leading to unsurpassed views of nature in every direction. During the summer, hikers visiting the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest can head out on over 200 miles of trails and campers can enjoy long evenings in rustic settings.

Not only does Bellingham give visitors easy access to outdoor recreation, it also provides travelers with all the equipment and resources they need.

The annual Recreation Northwest EXPO this is the perfect chance to meet face to face and talk with gear and equipment manufacturers, tour guides and coaches while also learning about local recreation, events and races. This year’s expo is set for May 2 and has grown so large it is now being held in the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. Plan your next vacation to Bellingham and come get samples from a variety of outdoor recreation professionals to garner a taste of how the equipment would work when you’re outdoors.

The grand celebration of Bellingham’s outdoor recreation is the Ski to Sea Relay Race, on May 24, featuring cross-country and downhill skiing, running, road biking, canoeing, mountain biking and sea kayaking.

New for next year, Bellingham will be kicking off summer in style with the Northwest Tune-Up Festival.

It will be a weekend of mountain biking, beer and music in Downtown Bellingham’s newly renovated waterfront district. Whatcom County is a region overflowing with passionate bikers, renowned brewers and talented musicians and the NW Tune-Up is excited to bring together the many cultures that make the Pacific Northwest so special on and off the trail.

To learn more, go to bellingham.org.


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