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Vancouver USA is a destination rich in heritage. In downtown Vancouver, you’ll find a vibrant metropolis with a variety of restaurantshotels, galleries, and boutiques. In the surrounding areas, there are thriving communities, each offering its own unique visitor experience.


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Camas & Washougal are neighboring cities at the entrance to the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Camas boasts boutique shops anEvening in Camas, Washingtond restaurants, while Washougal is home to Pendleton Woolen Mills.

Battle Ground is the home to several wineries, parks, lakes, and hiking areas as well as quaint antique shops.

La Center once served steamboats that traveled the Lewis River. Now there are four casinos in town and a 12-acre wetland park ideal for hikers and nature-lovers.

Ridgefield is known for its majestic Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, which is home to many species of waterfowl and surrounded by several hiking and walking trails.

Amboy & Yacolt are cities rooted in logging history but now feature attractions such as the North Clark County Museum, Pomeroy Living History Farms, and Chelatchie Prairie Railroad to take visitors back to the region’s rural past.

Woodland is the southern gateway to Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and home to the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, the Woodland Tulip Festival, and the majestic Lewis River.

Portland, Oregon is just across the river. Nationally known as one of the greenest, friendliest, and most epicurean cities, Portlanders take their (un)official slogan of ‘Keep Portland Weird’ to heart. Signature regional attractions, such as museums, zoos, gardens, and a vibrant downtown are just minutes from Vancouver.

Regional Natural AttractionsLake side view of Mount St Helens in Washington

Located between the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, Vancouver and Clark County offer many different types of scenery, natural beauty and outdoor recreation to enjoy. Explore these regional natural wonders:

Mount St. Helens - Just an hour and a half drive north, this signature landmark still marvels visitors since its explosive eruption in 1980. The area offers hiking, cross-country skiing, and unparalleled views. For the more adventurous, opt for a helicopter tour that provides a full scope of the eruption. Visitor centers along SR-504 offer interpretive videos and displays depicting the historic geology as well as souvenir gift shops. From I-5, take the SR-504 exit at Castle Rock and follow the Spirit Lake Memorial Hwy. up to the mountain.Discover Trail along the Pacific Ocean in Washington

Columbia River Gorge As the only designated National Scenic Area in the country, the Columbia River Gorge offers visitors awe-inspiring beauty. The first inhabitants, Native Americans, were drawn to the area for its natural resources. Today, the Gorge is a popular destination for windsurfers, kiteboarders and other recreation enthusiasts enjoying hiking, biking, fishing and more. Great stops along the way include the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center and Bonneville Dam.  To get there, head east on Hwy 14, following the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway past Washougal.

Pacific Ocean - From the rugged coast of Astoria to the sandy beaches of Long Beach, there is much to see and do on the coast. Just a two-hour drive west of Vancouver, the unspoiled Pacific Coast beckons. The area is a seafood lover's paradise, with a variety of dining options offering locally-caught salmon, halibut, sturgeon, Dungeness crab, razor clams, oysters and more.  From I-5 north, take the Hwy 4 exit at Longview and follow the signs to Long Beach.