Vancouver, WA, USA

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Vancouver, WA, USA

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Vancouver: On the very edge of Washington State

Looking across the wide Columbia River to the northern fringes of Portland, Vancouver is a pretty gateway to the Pacific Northwest. With the Cascade Range looming on one horizon and the Douglas-fir forests of Oregon spreading out along the West Coast on the other, there's certainly plenty to be said for the town's location. Add to that a medley of timber-built fortresses dating back to the days of old trappers in the Wild West, and a chocolate-box town center where Victorian facades mingle with boho breweries, and it's easy to see why Vancouver vacation rentals could be choice for you this season.

Mixing the great outdoors with city life in Vancouver

Vancouver is a maestro when it comes to fusing the outdoors with the city. Main Street comes with its own tequila joints and Pacific seafood eateries, which soon give way to fascinating National Historic Sites where it's possible to trace the story of old frontiersmen. Keep going and you'll quickly leave behind the town altogether, either in the direction of Portland's famous beer bars, or out to where the Columbia River weaves into the snow-capped Cascades. Then, it’s all about waxing up the walking boots and hitting the fir-shrouded trails.

Forts, forests, and fantastic architecture in Vancouver

Every tour of Vancouver should begin between the handsome homes of so-called Officer's Row, the Antebellum-esque Ulysses S Grant House, and all the other elegant Georgian-Victorian buildings still adorning the Downtown streets. From there, you can go further into American history with a trip to the replica Fort Vancouver, which has army barracks and pioneer huts. Alternatively, you could look for Vancouver vacation rentals near the Columbia River, where the Waterfront Renaissance Trail offers picnic spots, and the art galleries, and beer bars of Portland are just across the water.

The summertime sun sizzles in Vancouver

If you don't intend on packing the thermals and donning your winter gear while touring the timber forts and old mansions of Vancouver then it might be a good idea to join the bulk of the visitors here in the summertime. Lasting roughly from late May to August, it's filled with bright, dry, sunny days – perfect for sipping craft beers on Main Street and relaxing on the edge of the Columbia River. Alternatively, October still has temperatures in the 60s, and means dodging the crowds and higher rates when it comes to Vancouver vacation rentals.

Between the mountains and the sea

Like its Canadian namesake, Washington's Vancouver is shrouded by snow-topped peaks. These soar with the spiked tips of the Cascade Range, leveling out immediately to the west of the city with the spruce-covered dome of Mount Hood. Here, 12 hulking glaciers carve through the mountains, giving rise to popular ski fields like the one at Timberline Lodge. There are also famous walking trails and lookouts to conquer in these parts, from the Pacific Crest to the Timberline Trail to Flag Point, which occur in forests and fern thickets where black-tailed deer meet mountain lions and ospreys.