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The Vancouver, WA  USA Area

In southwest Washington State





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The Vancouver, WA area has a vast array of tourist activities, from museums to National Parks.

Vancouver, WA lies on the north bank, directly across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.  It is less than 90 miles upstream from where the Columbia enters the Pacific Ocean.  The river is open to ocean-going ships at this point.


Vancouver lies on the western plain of the Cascade Mountains which rise abruptly east of the city.  Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument is less than two hours from Vancouver by car.  Visit their web site.



Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge lie 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver.


Vancouver is growing by leaps and bounds and is a bedroom community to Portland because of its close proximity but is also a great city in its own right with its connections to the Columbia River, the forest industry, and light industry.


Vancouver facts:

  • 1825 – Headquarters for Hudson’s Bay Company.
  • 1826 – Northwest’s oldest apple tree planted that is still alive.
  • 1827 – First sawmill in the Pacific Northwest
  • 1849 – American troops arrive and establish Fort Columbia (later Fort Vancouver)
  • 1857 – City of Vancouver incorporated.
  • 1905 – Pearson Field established, it is the oldest continuously operated airport in the US.
  • 1908 – First rail line down Washington Side of Columbia
  • 1910 – Rail bridge over the Columbia River.
  • 1917 – First auto bridge over the Columbia
  • WWI – world’s largest lumber mill for airplane spruce
  • WWII – Major ship building center.


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Fort Vancouver, ca. 1845

Photo from Fort Vancouver National Historic Site web page. (link below)


Fort Vancouver

National Historic Site

The National Park Service maintains this historic site.  The Visitor Center is open all year 9am-5pm in the summer months and 9am to 4 pm in the winter months.




The 366-acre park was established in 1996.  The park includes Fort Vancouver, Vancouver Barracks, Officer’s Row, Pearson Field, the Water Resources Education Center, portions of the Columbia River waterfront, and now the Historic John McLoughlin house in Oregon City, OR.


Directions to Fort Vancouver

From I-5, take the Mill Plain exit and head east. Turn south onto Fort Vancouver Way. At the traffic circle, go east on Evergreen Boulevard and follow signs to the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. The reconstructed fort site is south of the visitor center – follow the park road which connects the visitor center parking lot to the fort parking lot.



Additional information


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The Cedar Creek Grist Mill

Open Saturday 1 to 4pm Sunday 2 to 4 pm.



This historic Grist mill has been restored to operating condition and grinds flour which is given out as samples to visitors



Ten miles east of Woodland on NE Cedar Creek Road.

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Association

PO Box 1271

Battle Ground, WA 98604

Phone:  360-686-3559



They have directions, fares, and schedules on their web site.  The logo at right is from their web site.


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Recommended Attractions





See listed antiques below


Gift Shops


See listed gift shops below




The Cedar Creek Grist Mill

Open Saturday 1 to 4pm Sunday 2 to 4 pm.



See photo and description above


The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

The Chelatchie Prairie Railroad Association

PO Box 1271

Battle Ground, WA 98604

Phone:  360-686-3559





Clark County Historical Museum

1511 Main Street




Lewis, Clark, and Beyond



Pearson Air Museum

1115 E Fifth Street





Henry J. Kaiser Shipyard

Memorial and Interpretive center

Marine Park off Columbia Way


Two Rivers Heritage Museum


1 Durgan Street

Washougal, WA 98671



North Clark County Historical Museum

21416  399th Street

Amboy, WA




Parks & Gardens


Vancouver Parks website

Vancouver Parks



Visitor Information



Visit their web site.




City of Vancouver, WA, USA

Web Page





Clark County

1300 Franklin Street

PO Box 5000

Vancouver, WA 98666-5000










Other Attractions






Main Street Trader – 360-695-0295 - http://www.mainstreettrader.com/

1916 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660


Narrow Gate Antiques – 360-546-1512 - http://www.narrowgateantiques.com/

1113 NE 122nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98684


Old Town Antique Market – 360-750-9100 - http://www.oldtownantiquemarket.com/

806 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660


Past & Present Antiques & Gifts – 360-254-9685

12300 NE Fourth Plain Road, Vancouver, WA 98682



Art Galleries



Archer Art Gallery at Clark College – 360-992-2246 - http://www.clark.edu/

1800 East Mcloughlin Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98663


Art on the Boulevard – 360-750-4499 - http://www.artontheboulevard.org/

210 West Evergreen Boulevard #300, Vancouver, WA 98660


Firehouse Glass – 360-695-2660 - http://www.firehouseglass.com/

518 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660


The Glass Lady – 360-992-1616 - http://www.theglasslady.biz/

7305 NE Hwy 99, Vancouver, WA 98665


Heritage Gallery Fine Art & Frames – 360-576-7558 - http://heritagefineart.com/

16020 Southeast Mill Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, WA


Sixth Street Gallery – 360-693-7340 - http://www.sixthstreetgallery.com/

105 West Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA 98660



Gift Shops/ Specialty Shops



Historic Reserve Gift Shop – 360-992-1824 - Visit the web site

1501 East Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661


Howl at the Moon (pet boutique) – 360-891-1935 - http://www.howl-at-the-moon.com/

13501 NE 84th Street, Vancouver, WA 98682


Mint Tea – 360-699-4991 - http://www.mintteaimports.com/

2014 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660


The Village Pearl – 360-750-7449 - http://www.villagepearl.com/

1911 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660






Club Green Meadows – 360-256-1510 - http://www.clubgreenmeadows.com/

7703 NE 72nd Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98661


Fairway Village Golf & Country Club – 360-254-9325 - Visit the web site

15509 SE Fernwood Drive, Vancouver, WA 98683


Green Mountain Golf Course – 1-888-453-4642 -  http://www.golfgreenmountain.com/

2817 NE Ingle Road, Vancouver, WA 98682


Lakeview Par 3 Golf Challenge – 360-693-9116 - Visit the web site

2425 NW 69th Street, Vancouver, WA 98665






  See recommended attractions above










Crafts Americana Group – 360-260-8900 - http://www.craftsamericana.com/

13118 NE 4th Street, Vancouver, WA 98684


Fabric Forrest & Fiber Art – 360-696-9215 - http://www.fabricforestandfiberart.com/

2727 East Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661


Just For Fun Quilting – 360-882-9101 - http://justforfunquilting.com/

2700 NE Andresen Road, Vancouver, WA 98661


The Quilter – 360-696-2880 - http://www.thequilteronline.com/

808 SE Chkalov Drive #3, Vancouver, WA 98683


StitchCraft – 360-993-2200 - http://www.stitchcraft.us/

2110 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660





Pampered Stampers – 360-699-1953 - http://www.pamperedstampers.com/

1707 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660


Scrap Attack Scrapbooking – 360-885-7800 - http://www.scrapattackscrapbooking.com/

5126 NE 75th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98662


Theatres/Performing Arts



Cinetopia – 360-213-2800 - http://www.cinetopiatheaters.com/

11700 SE 7th Street, Vancouver, WA 98683


Kiggins Theatre – 360-737-3161 - http://www.kiggins.com/

1011 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660


Regal Cinemas Cascade 16 – 360-882-5458

1101 SE 160th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98683


Regal Cinemas Vancouver Plaza 10 Theatre – 360-253-7769

7800 NE Fourth Plain Road, Vancouver, WA 98662


Slocum House Theatre Company – 360-696-2427 - http://www.slocumhouse.com/

605 Esther Street, Vancouver, WA 98660









English Estate Winery – 360-772-5141  

SE 1st Street, Vancouver, WA 98684


Evergreen Wine Cellar – 360-993-8880

2608 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661













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