Bellingham Travel Guide

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Bellingham Overview

Bellingham is the biggest city in Whatcom County, as well as the 10th largest city in the state of Washington. The city's population is about 74,440. It has a large student population, as it is home to Western Washington University and several smaller community and technical colleges.

Located on Bellingham Bay, Bellingham is surrounded by Lummi Island, Portage Island, and the Lummi Peninsula, and opens onto the Strait of Georgia. It lies west of Mount Baker and Lake Whatcom from which the city gets its drinking water. Chuckanut Mountains and Skagit Valley are located north of Lake Whatcom. Whatcom Creek runs through the center of the city.

Bellingham's climate can generally be described as "mild." The rainy season can last as long as eight months or more, it is usually about six months long, leaving Bellingham with a picturesque late spring and mild, pleasant summer. Bellingham receives an average annual rainfall of 34.8 inches.

In terms of transportation it is well located. It has Bellingham Airport which offers low-cost flights around the Western US as well as Hawaii and Alaska. In addition its possible to get a ferry to Alaska from Bellingham as well as transportation links to the Anacortes ferry nearby. It is close to Vancouver and Seattle so it could be considered a mini transport hub in the region.

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Nestled between the San Juan Islands in the Puget Sound to the West and the Cascade Mountains with the scenic Cascade Loop drive to the East, and only 60 miles from Seattle or 90 miles from V…
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