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Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and The Cascade Mountains, on the north bank of the Columbia River, Vancouver USA is as naturally beautiful as it is diverse.

Visit Vancouver USA

To find additional information about the area, click here: Visit Vancouver USA

This site functions as a one-stop place for you to find all the details about meeting in Vancouver, including dining, activities, and upcoming events.

A4LE Washington is registered with the Show your Badge program which provides discounts at local businesses, simply by showing your badge. We will send all attendees a list of participating businesses in late April.

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Take a Beer Tour

Trusty Brewing

Vancouver USA is earning its nickname "Brewcouver" with more than 40 breweries and tasting rooms in the area. Find nearly every kind of beer you could ever want, as well as a multitude of brewfests held downtown every season. Create your own brewery tour using this Vancouver USA Regional Brew Map.

Esther Short Park

Esther Short Park

A 5-acre park in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Esther Short Park is the oldest public square in the state of Washington. Created in 1853, the park is overseen by the 69-foot Salmon Run Bell Tower, which is home to 35 cast bronze bells chiming every 15 minutes, from the morning hours to later in the evening.

Waterfront Renaissance Trail

Waterfront Renaissance

The Waterfront Renaissance Trail is five miles of riverfront that’s great for a long stroll, or even a bike ride. It connects Esther Short Park and Winter Park, and there are tons of fun things to do following its path, including places to dine, shop and just enjoy the great outdoors. In addition, this is a good spot for snapping a few photos, as you’ll enjoy unparalleled views of the I-5 and I-205 bridges, as well as Mount Hood.

Officers Row

Grant House

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

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

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

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.
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