1 Day in Bellingham WA

Bounded by Puget Sound and its miles of waterways, Bellingham has garnered a reputation as a paddler’s paradise. But this college burg less than two hours north of Seattle also ripples with a vibrant cultural scene for all palates.

Bounded by Puget Sound and its miles of waterways, Bellingham has garnered a reputation as a paddler’s paradise. But this college burg less than two hours north of Seattle also ripples with a vibrant cultural scene for all palates.

An Hour by Hour Guide to Better Explore Bellingham, WA


10 a.m. Explore the striking Lightcatcher building at the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, where a 180-foot curved glass wall bathes the interior in natural light.

Nearby, the hands-on displays inside Mindport Exhibits include experiments with light patterns and sound vibrations.

Noon Dig in at La Fiamma, where a 550-degree wood-fired oven churns out artisan-style pizzas. From April through December, sample local goods at the adjacent Saturday Farmers Market.

2 p.m. Explore Sehome Hill Arboretum, a 180-acre forest preserve springing up on the hill above Western Washington University.

Complete the afternoon at one of the city’s best-kept secrets, WWU’s Outdoor Sculpture Collection, which features installations from internationally renowned artists including Isamu Noguchi and Anthony Caro.

5 p.m. Stroll the boutique-and gallery-packed streets of the Fairhaven District. Stop in at the iconic Village Books for a self-guided walking tour brochure, and end the day with a walk along the waterfront’s South Bay Trail to Boulevard Park, a favorite spot for catching sunsets.

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Joanna Nesbit