Nestled between The Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is a diverse destination with breathtaking natural beauty. One of the oldest cities in the state of Washington, this scenic wonderland offers lush outdoor spaces, impressive architecture, fascinating museums and miles of gorgeous shoreline. Here are some popular places to visit while you are in town.
1. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Enjoy informative exhibits and hands-on activities that highlight the rich history of the Pacific Northwest.
2. Esther Short Park
Established in 1853, this five-acre gathering place includes a children’s playground, gorgeous rose garden, large fountain system and the historic Slocum House.
3. Waterfront Renaissance Trail
This scenic riverfront trail is a popular area for walking, running, biking and rollerblading. It also offers abundant natural scenery, along with historical attractions, shops, and restaurants that run along the Columbia River waterfront.
4. Vancouver Lake Park
Running 2.5 miles along the shoreline of Vancouver Lake, this 190-acre regional park includes a children’s playground, along with kayaking, windsurfing, canoeing, volleyball and picnicking.
5. Pearson Field and Pearson Air Museum
One of the nation’s oldest continuously operating airfields, this fascinating attraction takes you through the history of aviation with a variety of rare objects and artifacts.
6. Big Al’s
One of the city’s top family-friendly destinations, Big Al’s offers billiard tables, bowling alleys, an arcade and a sports bar and grill.
7. Vancouver Farmers Market
Between March and October, this bustling market offers organic, fresh produce from over 250 vendors, along with homemade clothing, baked goods and a wide variety of home and garden accessories.
8. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site: Explore the structures and land at the center of Pacific Northwest’s military and fur trading history, along with hands-on educational activities and unique living history events.