Vancouver WA, Washington is a popular place for those passing through to do business and those who come to visit relatives, as well as just to spend time and appreciate the region. Vancouver WA has a lot to keep you occupied by day and by night.
For the walkers among us, Silver Start Mountain is just outside of the city, and from its uppermost heights, you can see across to Portland and Mount Sait Helens. The main trail, known locally as Ed’s Trail is five miles of a winding walking trail that passes wildflowers when in bloom. Silver Start Mountain is formed from an extinct volcano and is 4,382 at its highest point.
Nature and wildlife lovers will enjoy heading to the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge which is the local refuge for Canadian wild geese in the winter months. Apart from the geese, you will find a large number of other neotropical and native birds. The sanctuary is just over 5,300 acres and is home to a vast array of species. For the nature lovers, take a pair of red glasses and see how many different species you find.
On weekends you will be surprised at the color and variety of the freshest of foods available at the Vancouver Farmers Markets. The market boasts over 250 stores of all kinds which nestle between the fresh fruits, vegetables, and freshly baked bread sellers.
Nearby is Maryhill, where you find will find an extraordinary vision of a full-scale replica of Stonehenge, which was built as a WW1 war memorial posed in the artist’s manner of war and sacrifice.
Historian exploration buffs will enjoy visiting and crossing over the Vancouver land bridge, built across a freeway that exists as a reminder of the explorations of Lewis and Clark and the Klickitat Trail. The land bridge connects historical Fort Vancouver and the Columbia River and represents that first European trading post in the Pacific North West
Alderbrook Park is a 63-acre park that has a large lake along with some children’s amusements. The lake offers kayaking and has a range of walking trails around its waters. Take a picnic lunch and make a day of the outing. Go for long walks around the lake and via the number of set walking trails while taking plenty of photos of the majesty of the area.
The Pearson field and air new museum are also nearby. Famed for the aviation exploits of the 1900’s when flying was still in its infancy, the Vancouver Barracks were and still are a high point for aviation enthusiasts. Made famous as one of the refueling stops for the Douglas World Cruisers as they worked their way across the globe in an attempt for the first circumnavigation of the world. The field is steeped in history, and its museum is still an attraction to see today.
The ride out to Battlecreek Lake is also a must-see for the outdoors lovers and fishing enthusiasts. The lake is stocked with Rainbow trout and is well known in the region for the types of fish that ply the underwater highways. If you are fortunate enough you may tag a brown bullhead, a coastal cutthroat, a black Crappie or even a white sturgeon.
Swimming and waterside beaches are also on the lake where you will find a small swimming beach as well as the dock. The lake has been measured at 60 feet at its deepest point.
If cycling is your thing, be sure to buy or rent a bike and explore the area. The city is very accessible by bike and traffic is friendly.
When you are next in Vancouver WA, take the time to explore the region in more detail as there is plenty to do. I suggest that if you are an outdoors person that you pack a comfortable pair of hiking shoes as there is much to see if you enjoy getting out in the fresh air and walking through semi-wilderness.
Vancouver WA also has a great restaurant scene where a good night out with a great meal and an enjoyable atmosphere are easily available depending on your dining preferences. f you are a proficient fisherman, you can, of course, take your catch back to your hotel and have them prepare and serve to you for a small fee. Vancouver is truly a quieter place where signs of the wilderness are just a short drive from the city giving you the best of both worlds.