Whatcom County
Bellingham Perennially recognized by the national media as one of the best places to live in America, Bellingham is a place that truly has something for everyone. At the top of Sehome Hill, Western Washington University offers a quality education and plays host to world class artists and entertainers. In Bellingham's revitalized downtown, the Mount Baker Theatre and the Whatcom Museum of History and Art further the city's reputation as a cultural hub.

For the outdoor lover, Bellingham's extensive park and trail system offers endless possibilities. Boaters find unlimited recreational opportunities in Bellingham Bay, which also serves as a springboard to the San Juan Islands and Alaska. With a rich history that dates back to 1853, Bellingham is truly unique.


The face of downtown Bellingham is in perpetual flux. Judging from historical photos near the turn of the century, downtown’s buildings looked similar to those of New York City’s or Chicago’s (before the advent of skyscrapers). Gradually, the brick streets were buried under layers of asphalt and cement; rail cars and buggies were replaced by...


The neighborhood is perhaps better known for its beautifully preserved historical buildings from the boom days of the 1890s when Fairhaven boasted the best deep-water wharves in the area. Fairhaven still handles a healthy amount of ship traffic and the waterfront hosts the southernmost terminus for the Alaska Ferry. Fairhaven also serves as an...

Old Town-Marina

Old Town sprawls at the bottom of the cliff below downtown on the thin strip of land that was driftwood beach before construction of the old Roeder sawmill and the development of the city. A fish hatchery and park is the central feature of this neighborhood, nestled along the mouth of Whatcom Creek where it drains into the bay. Old Town is also...


Although Meridian Street begins at the northern edge of downtown Bellingham and continues north to Lynden, the majority of activity in this area is clustered along the section of the street just north of the Interstate 5 overpass. "The Guide" (State Highway 539) is so named because the road is aligned with a line of longitude (122.29.00) North and...

South Hill-WWU

Every autumn, Bellingham’s population balloons by several thousand just before classes begin at Western Washington University, one of Washington state’s six four-year public universities and the cultural hub of Bellingham. Western consists of 80 permanent buildings on a 195-acre main campus in Bellingham, a 95-acre off-campus facility at Shannon...


In the early 1850s, coal was discovered beneath Sehome Hill and a company town was built near the mine. Called Sehome, it was the second town next to Bellingham Bay and was incorporated into the city of Bellingham in 1890. The geographical boundaries of the district are loosely defined as the area cradled in the valley to the east of Sehome Hill...


Lakeway-Electric The Lakeway area has long been a commercial and civic district of Bellingham. An area of change and growth, Lakeway typifies the town's dynamic economic and community-oriented climate. It Spans from Holly Street at the eastern edge of downtown Bellingham, to Lake Whatcom's Geneva district. The more notable characteristic emerging in the Lakeway...


Samish A beautiful basin located South of Bellingham and West of Lookout Mountain.
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