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10 Reasons to Visit

  1. Hit the River - The Columbia River doesn't just flow through Vancouver, it fuels it.Waterfront trail sq Boat or bike, sail or swim, the recreational activities are endless. Bring your kayak to explore the hidden alcoves of local streams, or grab your walking shoes to enjoy the river breeze and scenic views of the Waterfront Renaissance Trail.
  2. Step Back in Time - Take a trip back in time on a lantern-lit journey through the grounds of an 1840s-era fur trading post at Fort Vancouver.Blacksmith shop Visitors to this National Park can also witness firsthand the incredible history of the site from its evolution as a native settlement to its later uses as a 19th century fur trading post and active military encampment.
  3. Something’s Brewing - Get schooled in your IPAs at one of more than a dozen local microbreweries. Whether you try a Shadow Ninja IPA, Son of Malice, or Rocket Blonde,Microbrew Tasting Flight at Dirty Hands sq you're bound to find a brew to match your drinking palate. If Northwest wine or craft spirits are more your style, we've got a lineup tailor-made to impress...more
  4. Fun, Free Favs - Sometimes the best things in life are free. Need we say more?
  5. Say Aloha! to Events - From the Polynesian music and traditional dances of Three Days of Aloha Festival to the costumed role-players and Japanese art of Kumoricon, a diversity of events keeps Esther Short Park humming year-round with live music, delicious food, and vibrant Hiking sqcolors...more
  6. Lace Up Your Hiking Boots - Miles of hiking trails wind through lakeside paradises and dense forest groves in the areas surrounding Vancouver USA. For a quick hike, try the 3.5 mile Lacamas Lake Heritage Trail. Rock formations, waterfalls, picnic tables and benches make this trail a favorite for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts. 
  7. Vancouver Farmers Market - Score a bounty of fresh food and entertainment at the largest outdoor market in Strawberries at Farmers Market sqSouthwest Washington. More than 250 vendors showcase artisan crafts, hand-stitched fashion items, organic produce, and even offer wine tastings downtown at the Vancouver Farmers Market. Open weekends March-October.
  8. For the Kid at Heart -  Named by Livability.com as the #2 library in the country for children, the Vancouver Community Library boasts a 12,000-square-foot children's floor complete with a brightly colored indoor playground. Parents will appreciate the coffee shop downstairs and the fifth-floor viewing deck. The Kiggins Theatre at Night
  9. Explore the Arts District - Head downtown the First Friday of each month to experience the best of local art galleries and downtown shopping. Watch glass-blowing demonstrations, mingle with regional artists, and catch the latest indie film at the Kiggins Theatre--a restored 1936 movie house featuring local brews on tap and the best popcorn around hands down...more
  10. Dine Like a Local - Our farm-to-tableBrunch at Willems on Main eateries showcase the best of Pacific Northwest cuisine. Local creations vary from brick-oven-baked Alaskan halibut with potato pave to grilled rib eye with caramelized onion risotto. Of course, for the days when you simply crave a good ol' fashioned burger, we've got those too. With peanut butter.

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      Featured Events

      Sep 4

      Kumoricon Anime Convention

      September 04 – 07, 2015
      Experience the area's largest display of fandom-related fun at the new, improved, and lengthened Kumoricon! More than 6,000 …more
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