This summer get the kids out of the house by planning a new weekend adventure each week. This get-a-ways are cheap, fun, and exciting. The best place to start looking for a weekend adventure is near the city that you live in. If you live in, or near, Bellingham, Washington, then you will have a lot of great options to choose from.
Step 1: Learn About City Attractions and Conditions
Bellingham, Washington is the largest city in the county of Whatcom. It has a population of about 75,000 people. The climate here is mild, with summer temperatures staying between 45 degrees F and 72 degrees F. When you begin planning for your weekend adventure make sure you take into consideration how much it typically rains in the month you will be camping. May is the rainiest month. It gets about 2.61 inches of rain. July is the driest month and the best month for camping and outdoor adventures. In addition to going into the wilderness, you may also want to take advantage of local attractions such as the Whatcom Museum of History and Art, the Bellingham Farmers’ Market, Whale Watching Tours, and the Whatcom Falls Park.
Step 2: Select Between Indoor and Outdoor Accommodations
The best way to plan a cheap weekend get-a-way is to camp out. However, if you are not the best outdoorsman or woman then you may want to bring your RV with you on your outing. There are several RV parks that are located near Bellingham, Washington including: Bellingham RV Park, Nor’west RV Park, and the Sumas RV Park and Campground.
If you are ready to answer the call of the wild then you will want to pitch your tent at a local campground. The closest campground to Bellingham, Washington is the Lynden KOA Kampground. However, the Berthusen Park, Hidden Valley, Lake Samish Terrace, and the Wildwood Resort are all within 10 miles of this city.
Step 3: Plan Your Fun
If you want to go hiking, then you will have to do a little driving first, as the closest trail system is 45 miles away. The closest trail system is the Gee Point Trail. It offers 2.8 miles of hiking trails and an elevation change of 1343 feet. Finney Peak Trail is the next closest trail system. It is located 50 miles away from Bellingham and it offers 6.2 miles of trails and an elevation change of 2658 feet.
Whitewater adventures are close to Bellingham. The closest run is located only 5 miles away from the city on Whatcom Creek. This class II-IV+ run is 2 miles long and it connects Lake Whatcom to Yew Street Bridge. If you are looking for a really exciting run then you will want to travel 20 miles to Shookum Creek above the lower gorge to take the class IV-V route to the South Fork of Nooksack, which is about 1.25 miles. If you are looking for a mild run then you will need to travel 25 miles to the South Fork of the Nooksack River. This class II-III run is 12 miles long and it connects the River Mile 25 to Saxon Road.
To recover from a day on the river you may want to plan a day trip to a local lake. There are several ponds, lakes, and reservoirs that are located within 5 miles of Bellingham. Some of your options include Lake Fazon, Fountain Lake, Green Lake, Lake Whatcom, and Sunset Pond.
If you want to explore a national park then you have 3 great choices to select from. The closest national park is the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area located 22 miles away. Your second option is the Ross Lake National Recreation Area which is also located 22 miles away. Your final option is the Olympic National Park which is located 85 miles away.