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Explore Outdoors in Vancouver, WA

Tucked between the snow covered peaks of the Cascade Mountains and the majestic Columbia River, there is no “off season” in Vancouver, Washington. Bring the whole family and experience our great outdoors—just don’t forget your hiking boots. Or swimsuit. Or camera.

Get Outside!

Spring is a wonderful time to explore our region. Clark County offers some of the most scenic trails, lakes and rivers to investigate and has millions, yes millions, of square acres of dedicated outdoor space nearby. To find the best park for your activity, choose from one of the 191 area parks in Vancouver or throughout Clark County. For those who enjoy live entertainment, spring is also the kick-off season for outdoor concerts at Esther Short Park and Sunlight Supply Amphitheater.  

Summer is for adventure in Vancouver! Outdoor opportunities seem limitless. Perhaps you are a hardcore mountain biker looking to get some air, a fisherman who enjoys landing the perfect salmon, or a birdwatcher looking for a red-tailed hawk, then Vancouver USA is the place for you! Or you might prefer to lace up your boots and enjoy a great walk, hike, or barrier-free trail.

Fall is the perfect time for a romantic getaway in Vancouver, Washington. Take a scenic drive through the hills of Clark County and stop off at one of the many wineries that are celebrating the fall crush. Make the short hike into Moulton Falls to enjoy a scenic backdrop for a late season picnic, or head to Mt. St. Helens before the snow hits.

Winter is one of the best times for photographers to observe outdoor action. Fall usually arrives late in the year allowing for a magnificent show of colors. One of the best places to catch the seasonal shift is at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, which is a hive of activity as the birds prepare to migrate.






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