Within the city are 22 restored homes from the 1800s. Originally, the structures were the homes of U.S. Army officers, but now they hold their own places on the National Historic Register.
While some are offices and private residences, others are open for you to explore.
The Ulysses S. Grant House
is the oldest of the 22, built in 1850, and you can enjoy a guided tour or exhibits on the home’s residents over the years.
Cedar Creek Grist Mill
The Cedar Creek Grist Mill
is a working museum, and you’ll see it running just as it would have when built in 1876. This picturesque mill is the only grain-grinding mill in Washington that has maintained its original structural integrity, grinds with stones, and is water-powered. The mill has been fully restored as a working museum and is registered as a National Historic Site. The covered bridge spanning Cedar Creek adjacent to the mill was rebuilt in 1994, and adds a scenic backdrop to this popular site.
Vancouver Land Bridge
Credit: Lara Swimmer
Much more than just a cool city feature, the Vancouver Land Bridge
holds significance as a connection to explorers Lewis and Clark, and the Klickitat Trail.
The site of this earth-covered pedestrian bridge connects historic Fort Vancouver with the Columbia River, and represents the first European trading post in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the intersection of European and Native American cultures.
Silver Star Mountain
Just outside the city sits Silver Star Mountain
, which is now an extinct volcano that forms part of the Cascade Mountains.
You’ll see this mountain quite a lot when you explore the city, as it’s a prominent part of the skyline. There’s no wrong way to climb Silver Star, but taking Ed’s Trail provides the most scenic route for reaching the summit. From the north peak (which was once a fire lookout), you get a totally unobstructed view all the way around, showing you not only Vancouver, but also Portland, Mt. Saint Helens
and Mt. Rainier.