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About Vancouver, Washington

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Vancouver is located on the north bank of the Columbia River in the beautiful state of Washington, and enjoys a dry, subtropical climate. Just a short drive from Seattle and a hop across the bridge from Oregon, Vancouver is ideal for outdoor adventures, scenic sites, shopping and camping with friends and family!

 

 

Attractions 

The city is known for its breathtaking scenery, fresh air, and homely, hospitable atmosphere. As a result, it sees thousands of eager campers each year; but they don't all flock to the city just for its natural beauty, but many head there for the area's many attractions and local activities. Here are a few resident favorites!

For the history-buff, Vancouver is a great place to explore some of Washington's most interesting landmarks. At dusk, the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site comes to life, and visitors can follow a lantern's glow down a pathway of history during a Campfires and Candlelight event. Experience the 1840s-era frontier fur trading post and powerful military encampment through demonstrations by re-enactors. You can also enjoy the community-vibe and excitement of the Vancouver Farmers Market. Score a bounty of fresh food and entertainment at the area's largest outdoor market, where more than 250 vendors showcase artisan crafts, hand-stitched fashion items, and organic produce at the Vancouver Farmers Market. Vancouver is also known for its world-class antiquing, so be sure to visit the excellent local shops and boutiques. Many of these great stores can be found on Main Street, which is home to local breweries, coffee shops, a historical theatre, artistic murals, and so much more. Voted one of the best in the West by Sunset Magazine, it's a great place to explore the Arts District during the First Friday of each month by watching glassblowing demonstrations, visiting a local art gallery, or mingling with regional artists.

  

Outdoor Adventures

Vancouver is an outdoor oasis, perfect for the nature-lover and active camper. Some popular spots and activities include the Battle Ground Lake Park, which is a beautiful park with a crystal-clear lake formed by volcanic activity; the park even has 50 campsites and plenty of opportunities for swimming, trout fishing, picnicking, hiking and boating. There's also the historic Cottonwood Beach and the Waterfront Renaissance Trail that provides an accessible, scenic escape for outdoor-enthusiasts of all levels. The five miles of paved pathways and interpretive trails connect downtown Vancouver with the shops, restaurants, and historical attractions of the Columbia River waterfront. Stops along the way include the World War II-era Kaiser shipyards, Ilchee Statue and Plaza, and the steel Wendy Rose sculpture.

 

There's also Whipple Creek Park, home to a 4.3 mile trail that winds through 300 acres of massive Douglas fir trees and mossy green forest bottoms. Located in Ridgefield near the Clark County Fairgrounds, Whipple Creek is the perfect starting point for hikers of all skill levels. This park is also a pristine and tranquil forest environment, and perfect for wildlife viewing, so keep your eyes open for woodpeckers, hawks, deer, flying squirrels, herons and beavers. This site includes various parcels on lower Washougal River between the Sandy Swimming Hole and Lacamas Creek. Plus, the area sports extensive shoreline access and facilities such as a half-mile walking trail and boat launch. Additional property located on the Washougal River upstream of Vernon Road Bridge provides opportunities for picnicking and fishing.

 

 

Events

Not only can you look forward to great outdoor fun and attractions in Vancouver, but the area is also the hosting city for a number of excellent events. Three Days of Aloha is a great annual event, so join the more than 10,000 visitors swaying to the rhythm of hula dancers and Polynesian and the heartbeat of their cultures. Arts, crafts, and food vendors will round out this three-day long festival which culminates in the Ho'Ike and Hawaiian Festival at Esther Short Park. Keiki events, traditional Hawaiian games, and nose flute making are just some of the additional activities to be offered.

 

Another popular event is the two-days Recycled Arts Festival, the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Each year thousands of local residents and tourists flock to this popular, free community event where more than 120 vendors display their artwork made from at least 75% recycled and repurposed materials. Always entertaining, this festival is packed with art, music, food and activities designed to make learning about reducing waste and recycling fun. 

 

And then there's the "Vancouver USA Marathon Festival," which is an entire weekend of running, biking and beer in downtown Vancouver at Esther Short Park. Previously held on Father's Day Weekend in the past, the Vancouver USA Marathon is a great event to join in with the locals and other visitors during your next Vancouver camping trip!

 

And if this race isn't enough, be sure to enjoy the other recreational activities the area has to offer from kayaking on Lacamas Lake to fishing on the shores of the Columbia River. And there's also miles of hiking trails wind through lakeside paradises and dense forest groves in the surrounding areas, so be sure to head to any one of the region's beautiful outdoor spots for more fun and even some picnicking after the race!

 

 

Food 

Vancouver didn't earn its nickname of "Brewcouver" for doing nothing! With over 30 breweries and tasting rooms in the area, and more on the way, the city offers an oasis of brews, flavors and creativity, perfect for the beer-loving RVer. Look out for popular names like Hopworks Urban Brewery, Beerded Brothers Brewing, Brothers Cascadia Brewing, and the Felida brewpub for your next Vancouver pub crawl! And don't miss out on dining like a local. Not only can you find amazing dishes from renowned restaurateurs debuted in Vancouver USA in 2016, but great everyday foods like Neapolitan-style pizza, smoky barbecue and succulent sushi. Of course, you can find classic Pacific Northwest flavors at local favorites, so visit in October if you can, for the second annual Dine the Couve month with menu deals and drink specials to explore. Some popular everyday eateries include: La Bottega Cafe Deli Wine Shop, Lapellah, Petra House Traditional Mediterranean Food and Willem's On Main.

 

 

Campgrounds

With such an amazing outdoor environment, it's no wonder thousands head to Vancouver each year to enjoy world-class camping! Look out for a great mix of private and public campgrounds, amenities and activities to make your RV stay a memorable one. Vancouver RV Park is one of the city's most popular parks and for a good reason. Campers there can look forward to a number of onsite events like group breakfasts and games, as well as amenities like great RV hook-ups, a clubhouse, laundry facilities, restrooms, showers and rental units. Plus, there's plenty of open space around the campground for hiking, biking, sunset viewing, picnicking and stargazing. And there's other great parks such as Sam's Good RV Park, Paradise Point State Park, Ninety Nine RV Park, Big Fir Campground & RV Park and no shortage of public parks for dry camping and great outdoor fun. No matter what you like to do r how you like to camp, you're sure to fall in love with this beautiful city. See you soon!