Vancouver, Washington, is tucked between the crashing Pacific Ocean and the towering Cascade Mountains. With mild seasons, it isn't hard to find plenty of outdoor activities. Head to Cottonwood Beach for wildlife sightings, surf and sand and the Captain William Clark Park, where Lewis and Clark camped over 200 years ago. Vancouver loves community events and holds a lot of annual festivals, like the Recycled Arts Festival, the Vancouver Brewfest, and the Jazz and Wine Fest.
Pop into town via Portland International Airport (PDX), located just ten minutes away from Vancouver, or aboard the historic Vancouver Amtrak passenger train. There are plenty of neighborhoods popular with visitors. Downtown Vancouver is the place to be if you love to shop, especially if you love antique stores. Battle Ground Old Town is filled with some of the city's best restaurants and unique, locally owned shops. Uptown Village is a short walk from downtown and thrives on its "Main Street charm", with many independently owned boutique shops and friendly faces.
The weather here is relatively mild. Summers are the most popular season to visit,m with average temperatures hovering in the mid- to upper 70s. Spring is colorful with blooming flowers and trees, but be sure to pack your umbrella. Fall is crisp and only requires a light jacket and a hat. Winter can be cold with average temps only in the 40s, and there is an occasional snow shower.