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Bellingham: A Last-Minute Summer Escape for Seattle-Area Families

Just 90 minutes from Seattle, this outdoorsy town features fun parks, trails, ice cream and more

Published on: August 27, 2021

Taylor Avenue Dock in Bellingham
Taylor Avenue Dock in Bellingham. Credit: Wayne Boardman/Flickr CC

Family escape to Bellingham

As summer nears its end, my family is itching for more adventures — but not for a long road trip. A nearby solution is Bellingham, which boasts a fabulous array of parks and other attractions for adventurous Northwest families.

Its natural areas feel refreshingly wild, while the city — encompassing both downtown and the historic Fairhaven neighborhood — offers a dynamic small-town vibe with plenty to see and do. The relatively short 90-minute drive from Seattle means it’s far enough away to feel like an escape, but close enough to use less than a tank of gas.

Use the arrows above the image to browse through our top Bellingham adventures.

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