The City of Bellingham offers a quick trip from its beautiful downtown to rural farmland, the Cascades, or the salt waters of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands. This environmentally-friendly community offers a wide range of outdoor adventures, including whale-watching cruises and access to some of the United States' most beautiful natural scenery.
The climate in the Port of Bellingham is mild, with an average high temperature of 14 °C (57 °F) in July and an average low of 5 °C (41 °F) in January. The region offers beautiful springs and autumns, although it can have a rather long rainy season. Summers are comfortable, and winters see many short cloudy days.
The Port of Bellingham is about 15 nautical miles from the San Juan Islands a wonderful place to find plentiful wildlife and to watch Orca whales. Many Orca pods live throughout the year around the San Juan Islands. Local charter vessels take visitors for daily whale-watching trips. These forested islands just north of Puget Sound are home to bald eagles as well. The population living on the islands is small (about 3500), but summers bring many visitors. Orcas Island offers breathtaking views of the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.
The Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is about 33 kilometers to the southeast of the Port of Bellingham. One of the most popular forests in the United States, it blankets the western slopes of the Cascades with thick old-growth forests, glaciers, and wonderful meadows. Covering over 697 thousand hectares, the forest contains almost 295 hectares of wilderness. Visitors enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities that include camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing and ice climbing, and winter sports.