Guest article shared by TBEX North America 2022 Sponsor, Visit Vancouver USA.
Situated north of weird and south of Sound, Vancouver Washington is where being in between feels just right. The city’s roots originated on the Columbia River’s north shore, where the Pacific Northwest’s first indigenous inhabitants started a diverse and thriving community. Now that growth presents itself in our innovative waterfront, friendly and walkable downtown, and easy access to Mount St. Helens, the Columbia River Gorge, and the Pacific Coast. We may be close to everything, but we’re far from typical. Come see for yourself!
Play explorer for the day with a trip to the birthplace of the modern Pacific Northwest. The historic attractions, museums, and parks will take you back to learn and, in some cases, even relive some exciting times. You’ll find plenty of ways to experience the roots of SW Washington, from the stories of the Chinook and Klickitat nations, and the fur trade days, to the settlement of Fort Vancouver—and establishment of one of the oldest cities in the state of Washington. Many of Vancouver’s top attractions have long storied pasts that are just waiting to be discovered.
Downtown Core of Vancouver Washington
Head to the heart of Vancouver for a mix of historic and modern buildings lining the business-filled blocks. Public art can be spotted on almost every corner, and year-round events keep Esther Short Park humming with activity. Visitors routinely note the welcoming nature of Main Street, and Sunset Magazine even named Vancouver’s central throughfare among the Best in the West. Local businesses that call downtown home include hip coffee shops, vintage boutiques, the iconic Kiggins Theatre, and some of the area’s most popular breweries. On weekends, the Vancouver Farmers Market steals the show with its bountiful booths of berries, bouquets, and baked goods.
Just across the Interstate Bridge from Portland, Oregon and following the curves of the Columbia River, the Vancouver Waterfront includes amazing views and a wealth of cultural and recreational experiences. Find the Waterfront Renaissance Trail providing a scenic escape for any outdoor enthusiast or avid walker. The Grant Street Pier, a focal point of Vancouver Waterfront Park, juts 90 feet out over the Columbia. Choose from a variety of dining options, from the family-favorite Twigs Bistro to the Instagram-worthy creations of The Yard Milkshake Bar. If the outing calls for wine, choose from six tasting roomsof notable wineries from around the state and region. Whether you are interested in the outdoor spectacle or dining scene, this unique area is a great welcome to the Pacific Northwest!
Tucked between the peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River, there is no “off season” in Vancouver. Find more than 190 parks in the area for your Northwest adventure. Perhaps you are more of a mountain biker looking to get some air, a fisherman eager to land the perfect salmon, or a hiker of lush forests—there are plenty of hidden gems to uncover. Enjoy a scenic drive through north Clark County to Moulton Falls and the Cedar Creek Grist Mill. Birdwatchers looking for a red-tailed hawk can find the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, while trekkers might seek volcanic vistas around Mount St. Helens. Whatever your adventure, Vancouver, WA is at the center of it all.
Sip and Savor Vancouver Washington
It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest does beer well—and Vancouver is no different! Affectionately dubbed “Brewcouver” by the local community, you’re bound to find a brew that will have your taste buds dancing. Pair with a dish from one of Vancouver’s top-notch restaurants impressing foodie and drink connoisseurs alike. From food carts, chef-driven restaurants, and wallet-friendly happy hours—the list of must-tastes in the Couve keeps growing. Downtown favorites continue to impress, and the eastside is expanding with group-friendly dining options. Rally Pizza serves artfully charred Neapolitan pizzas, seasonal veggies, and house-made frozen custards. Favorites at the Waterfront include WildFin American Grill for fresh seafood and Stack 571 for the best burgers and whiskey pairings.