1 Day in Bellingham WA

This college city under two hours north of Seattle is a paradise for those looking for easy access to outdoor recreation, fantastic local beer, and abundant arts and culture.

How to Spend One Day in Bellingham

Looking to make the most of a short visit? Read on for inspiration.

10 a.m. Rise and shine by stretching your legs at Sehome Hill Arboretum, a 180-acre forest preserve next to Western Washington University, or by wandering the boardwalk that connects Boulevard Park to Fairhaven.

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 Farmers Market.

2 p.m. After lunch, stop into one of the museums in downtown. The Whatcom Museum's campus includes the historic Old City Hall building and the modern Lightcatcher building, where a 180-foot curved glass wall bathes the interior in natural light.

4 p.m. Next, head over to explore 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.

6 p.m. Stroll the boutique-and gallery-packed streets of the Fairhaven District before grabbing dinner at one of the neighborhood restaurants, which serve up everything from Mexican fare to steaks.

8 p.m. End the night back in downtown at one of Bellingham's many local craft breweries. In the warmer months, Gruff Brewing's expansive dog-friendly outdoor area is a great option for catching the sunset with a cold brew in hand.

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