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Bellingham

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City of Subdued Excitement

Perched at the northern end of Washington's Pacific coast, the mid-sized city of Bellingham serves as an important stopover on the road between Seattle and Vancouver. The surrounding nature remains the main attraction in Bellingham, as the city is wedged between a scenic coastline dotted with islands and Lake Whatcom, whose hilly surrounds provide the perfect opportunity for landscape photography. A trip to Bellingham promises access to a fun and affordable nightlife scene of pubs and bars, fueled by students of Western Washington University, who make up nearly a fifth of the city's population. Bellingham is in Washington (WA). Use our United States driving holiday tool to arrange your visit to Bellingham and other destinations in United States.
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Where to stay in Bellingham

Accommodations in Bellingham cater to visitors traveling between Seattle and Vancouver, with a large number of budget and mid-range motels lining the main highway, Route 5. Many of these cluster near the university campus, providing a convenient location for both onward travel and for getting a taste of the local student culture. For more luxurious accommodations with scenic views over the coast, look south to the neighborhood of Fairhaven. There, you'll find a number of guesthouses and bed and breakfasts lining the coastal road.
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