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Bellingham is the largest city in Whatcom County and the eleventh largest city in the state of Washington. The city is located on Bellingham Bay and is west of Mount Baker and Lake Whatcom and north of the Chuckanut Mountains and Skagit Valley. Whatcom Creek runs through the center of the city. Bellingham has an estimated population of 75,150. Bellingham is home to a host of cultural and recreational activities. Among these is the Ski to Sea Race, a Bellingham tradition, which is a team relay race consisting of cross country skiing, running, road biking, canoeing, mountain biking, and kayaking. Starting at the Mount Baker Ski Area, the racers make their way down to the finish on Bellingham Bay. The Ski to Sea Race draws thousands of people from around the Pacific Northwest and generates over $5 million for the local economy. The Bellingham Festival of Music draws world-class musicians from North America's top orchestral ensembles. The Bellingham Farmers Market, open from April to October, has a long standing tradition that "on opening day a cabbage is thrown by a city official to a long standing vender." The American Museum of Radio and Electricity features a collection of artifacts from 1580 into the 1950s. Other attractions include Whatcom Falls Park, a 241 acre park consisting of waterfalls and several miles of hiking trails and the Bellingham Railway Museum displaying railroading history in Whatcom County, model trains and a freight train simulator.

Surrounding areas: Guemes Island, Washington (15.9 mi), Hat Island, Washington (16.5 mi), Birch Bay, Washington (17.0 mi), Anacortes, Washington (18.0 mi), Eastsound, Washington (19.7 mi), Blaine, Washington (20.0 mi), Orcas Island, Washington (21.2 mi)

Bellingham Vacation Rentals

Bellingham Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
"Rodeway Inn ""bellis Fair"""3710 Meridian StBellingham, WA (360) 738-6000
Best Western Heritage Inn151 E Mcleod RdBellingham, WA (360) 647-1912
Comfort Inn Bellingham4282 Meridian StBellingham, WA (360) 738-1100
Days Inn Bellingham215 N Samish WayBellingham, WA (360) 734-8830
Days Inn Bellis Fair125 E Kellogg RdBellingham, WA (360) 671-6200
Hampton Inn Bellingham Airport3985 Bennett DrBellingham, WA (360) 676-7700
Holiday Inn Express4160 MeridianBellingham, WA (360) 671-4800
Motel 6 #443701 Byron StBellingham, WA (360) 671-4494
Quality Inn Baron Suites100 E KelloggBellingham, WA (360) 647-8000
Travelers Inn3750 Meridian StBellingham, WA (360) 671-4600
Val U Inn Bellingham805 Lakeway DrBellingham, WA (360) 671-9600
Super 8 Motel5788 Barrett AveFerndale, WA6.7 mi.(800) 800-8000
Slater Heritage House1371 W Axton RdFerndale, WA6.8 mi.(360) 384-4273
Silver Reef Hotel Casino & Spa4876 Haxton WayFerndale, WA7.6 mi.(360) 383-0777
Hotel De Molen655 Front StLynden, WA13.1 mi.(360) 354-4440
Homestead Farms Golf Resort & Convention Center115 E Homestead BlvdLynden, WA14.1 mi.(360) 354-1196
Birch Bay Ath Hostel4639 Alderson RdBlaine, WA15.6 mi.(360) 371-2180
Majestic Hotel419 Commercial AveAnacortes, WA17.6 mi.(360) 293-3355
San Juan Motel1103 6TH StAnacortes, WA17.7 mi.(360) 293-5105
Fidalgo Country Inn1250 Hwy 20Anacortes, WA18.0 mi.(360) 293-3494
Ship Harbor Inn5316 Fry Terminal RdAnacortes, WA18.0 mi.(360) 293-5177
Holiday Motel2903 Commercial AveAnacortes, WA18.9 mi.(360) 293-6511
The Marina Inn3300 Commercial AveAnacortes, WA19.1 mi.(360) 293-1100
B & B Border Inn121 Cleveland StSumas, WA19.5 mi.(360) 988-5800
The Inn At Semiahmoo9565 Semiahmoo PkwyBlaine, WA20.5 mi.(360) 371-2000
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites1003 Goldenrod RdBurlington, WA21.3 mi.(360) 755-7338
Hampton Inn & Suites Burlington1860 S Burlington BlvdBurlington, WA22.5 mi.(360) 757-7100
Best Western Cotton Tree Inn2300 Market PLMount Vernon, WA23.0 mi.(360) 428-5678
Quality Inn1910 Freeway DrMount Vernon, WA23.2 mi.(360) 428-7020
Towne And Country Motor Inn2009 Riverside DrMount Vernon, WA23.2 mi.(360) 424-4141
Best Western College Way Inn300 W College WayMount Vernon, WA23.3 mi.(360) 424-4287
Tulip Inn2200 Fwy DrMount Vernon, WA24.4 mi.(800) 599-5969
La Conner Channel Lodge205 N First StLa Conner, WA25.3 mi.(360) 466-1500
La Conner Country Inn107 S Second StLa Conner, WA25.4 mi.(360) 466-3101
The Heron Inn La Conner117 Maple StLa Conner, WA25.4 mi.(360) 466-4626
Eden Wild InnEads LnLopez, WA25.4 mi.(360) 468-3238
Hotel Lopez IslanderLopez, WA25.4 mi.(360) 468-2233
Hotel PlanterLa Conner, WA25.6 mi.(360) 466-4710
Edenwild Inn1 VLG Rd Pob 271Lopez Island, WA26.4 mi.(360) 468-3238
Friday Harbor House130 West StFriday Harbor, WA28.7 mi.(360) 378-8455
Bed & Breakfast
Century House Bed & Breakfast401 S British Columbia AveLynden, WA12.3 mi.(360) 354-2439
Buck Bay Farm Bed & BreakfastHC 1 Box 45Olga, WA18.6 mi.(360) 376-2908
Hillside House Bed & Breakfast365 Carter AveFriday Harbor, WA29.1 mi.(800) 232-4730

Bellingham Weather & Climate

Northwest Washington , between Semiahmoo Bay and Lumnai Bay, there is a body of water called Birch Bay. The climate in this area is temperate and greatly influenced by the Pacific Ocean. It's generally mild, often referred to as "The Banana Belt of the Northwest." Although the rainy season can last as long as eight months, it is usually about six months long, leaving the area with a late spring and mild, pleasant summer. Many long weeks of short and cloudy days are commonplace in winter. Summers are quite dry however. This region is occasionally subject to unusual and harsh weather due to an upper level trough that drives down cold Arctic air from the Canadian interior. This cold air mass can collide with a Gulf of Alaska cold front and create high winds, ice, snow, or heavy rains.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 46°F 34°F 3.91 in. -
February 49°F 36°F 3.15 in. -
March 53°F 38°F 3.01 in. -
April 58°F 42°F 2.68 in. -
May 63°F 46°F 2.54 in. -
June 67°F 50°F 1.89 in. -
July 72°F 54°F 1.20 in. -
August 72°F 54°F 1.36 in. -
September 67°F 50°F 1.76 in. -
October 59°F 44°F 2.98 in. -
November 51°F 39°F 5.58 in. -
December 46°F 35°F 4.78 in. -

Bellingham Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Bellingham International airport (BLI) located about 3 miles northwest of Bellingham, the Skagit Regional airport (BVS) located approximately 20 miles south of Bellingham in Burlington / Mt Vernon, Washington, the Arlington Municipal airport (AWO) located roughly 44 miles south of Bellingham in Arlington, Washington, the Snohomish County airport (PAE) located around 59 miles south of Bellingham in Everett, Washington, and finally the William R Fairchild International airport (CLM) located about 64 miles southwest of Bellingham in Port Angeles, Washington.

Bellingham Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Fun Forest Amusement ParkSeattleWA80.0 mi.
Remlinger FarmsCarnationWA81.2 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Waves Water ParkFederal WayWA99.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Lake Padden Municipal Golf CourseBellinghamWA 
North Bellingham Golf CourseBellinghamWA 
Pro Golf Center Golf CourseBellinghamWA 
Shuksan Golf ClubBellinghamWA 
Sudden Valley Golf & Country ClubBellinghamWA 
Wayne Olsen Riverside GolfFerndaleWA7.0 mi.
Black Rock Golf ClubSunnysideWA8.3 mi.
Dakota Creek Golf & Country ClubCusterWA12.3 mi.
Grandview Golf CourseCusterWA12.3 mi.
Homestead Golf & Country ClubLyndenWA12.6 mi.
Evergreen Golf CourseEversonWA12.9 mi.
Raspberry Ridge Golf CourseEversonWA12.9 mi.
Similk Golf CourseAnacortesWA18.1 mi.
Orcas Island Country Golf ClubEastsoundWA19.4 mi.
Birch Bay Golf ClubBlaineWA19.6 mi.
Peaceful Valley Country ClubSumasWA19.6 mi.
Semiahmoo Golf & Country ClubBlaineWA19.6 mi.
Avalon Golf ClubBurlingtonWA21.4 mi.
Eaglemont Golf ClubMount VernonWA24.6 mi.
Overlook Golf CourseMount VernonWA24.6 mi.
Lopez Island Golf ClubLopezWA25.4 mi.
San Juan Golf & Country ClubFriday HarborWA28.7 mi.
State Parks
Larrabee State ParkWA7.6 mi. 
Clark Island State ParkWA13.1 mi. 
Donovan State ParkWA14.0 mi. 
Cone Islands State ParkWA14.4 mi. 
Matia Island State ParkWA15.7 mi. 
Birch Bay State ParkWA15.8 mi. 
Doe Island Marine State ParkWA16.1 mi. 
Saddlebag Island State ParkWA16.1 mi. 
Moran State ParkWA16.6 mi. 
Olga Marine State ParkWA18.4 mi. 
Bay View State ParkWA19.3 mi. 
Sucia Island State ParkWA19.3 mi. 
Peace Arch State ParkWA20.5 mi. 
Freeman Island State ParkWA21.6 mi. 
James Island State ParkWA21.6 mi. 
Dot Rock State ParkWA23.2 mi. 
Spencer Spit State ParkWA23.3 mi. 
Skull Island State ParkWA24.2 mi. 
Victim Island State ParkWA24.3 mi. 
Deception Pass State ParkWA26.5 mi. 
Whatcom Museum of History & ArtBellinghamWA(Multidisciplinary)
Mindport ExhibitsBellinghamWA(Science)
Bellingham Railway MuseumBellinghamWA(History)
Snohomish County Museum and Historical AssociationEverettWA55.5 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
The Seattle AquariumSeattleWA80.0 mi.
Woodland Park Zoological GardensSeattleWA80.0 mi.
Point Defiance Zoo and AquariumTacomaWA104.1 mi.

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