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Ranked #1 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military history in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the... more » Owner description: Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military history in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about the diverse cultures who lived and worked here. Enjoy relaxing trails along the Columbia River and Village. Experience costumed programs, hands-on education activities, engaging living history events, creative media and a world-class archaeology collection. Connect to the past. « less
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Ranked #2 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Parks; Outdoors

At the urban center of Vancouver, between 6th & 8th streets, historic Esther Short Park has been totally reworked to include a fountain fit for kids to play in, festivals and... more »

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Ranked #3 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Historic Sites; Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods; Cultural
Owner description: This historic drive is lined with 21 restored Victorian homes built for military officers of the Vancouver Barracks,... more » Owner description: This historic drive is lined with 21 restored Victorian homes built for military officers of the Vancouver Barracks, including Ulysses S. Grant, General O.O. Howard House and George C. Marshall. Two of the homes are open for tours. « less
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Ranked #4 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Educational Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #5 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: This Queen Anne Victorian was once the residence of George C. Marshall, the architect of the plan for European recovery after... more » Owner description: This Queen Anne Victorian was once the residence of George C. Marshall, the architect of the plan for European recovery after World War II. Marshall occupied the home, one of two Officers' Row houses currently open to the public, when he was the commander of the Vancouver barracks. « less
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Ranked #6 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
Owner description: Learn the history of the Columbia River Gorge and the Lewis and Clark Expedition during a two-hour narrated cruise on this... more » Owner description: Learn the history of the Columbia River Gorge and the Lewis and Clark Expedition during a two-hour narrated cruise on this 147-foot sternwheeler patterned after a 19th-century steamer. « less
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Ranked #7 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Historic Sites; Outdoors
Owner description: Serving as the main supply depot for the Hudson's Bay Companys fur trading business in the 19th century, this 366-acre... more » Owner description: Serving as the main supply depot for the Hudson's Bay Companys fur trading business in the 19th century, this 366-acre reserve features many important historical sites including the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Vancouver Barracks, Officers' Row and Pearson Field. « less
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Ranked #8 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Bridges; Landmarks
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Ranked #9 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: General Ulysses S. Grant lived on the property of this stately house on Officers' Row while serving at the Vancouver... more » Owner description: General Ulysses S. Grant lived on the property of this stately house on Officers' Row while serving at the Vancouver garrison, and today, visitors are welcome inside the historic home. « less
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Ranked #10 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Parks; Outdoors

Locally known as Klineline Pond, the park is a popular swimming area for kids.   It features picnic areas, a Sprayground water feature, fishing, playground equipment, and a... more »

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Ranked #11 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Clark County Historical Society & Museum are dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the... more » Owner description: The Clark County Historical Society & Museum are dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the cultural history of Clark County and the Pacific Northwest, and to sponsoring educational programs and exhibits for the enrichment of all members of the public. The museum is located in Vancouver Washington's 1909 Carnegie Library at 1511 Main Street.To achieve the above functions, the museum produces changing interpretive exhibits using the tangible historic objects stored in the museum collection and temporary loans of items from the community and other heritage organizations. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits from larger institutions and regularly provides lectures, classes, special events, student internships, teacher training opportunities and other related education programs to further the appreciation of the history and culture of Clark County. The museum also houses a gift shop and a research library, both of which are open during regular museum hours. « less
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Ranked #12 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Parks; Bodies of Water; Outdoors

A 234-acre regional park, Vancouver Lake is home to many mating pairs of bald eagles, and serves as a refuge for many types of waterfowl.  Located in the Western part of... more »

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Ranked #13 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Surround yourself in history as you dine heartily in this Victorian home-turned-restaurant, originally built by the wealthy... more » Owner description: Surround yourself in history as you dine heartily in this Victorian home-turned-restaurant, originally built by the wealthy Hidden family in 1885. Local history is reflected everywhere in this beautifully designed two-floor building. « less
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Ranked #14 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: History Museums; Outdoors
This popular marina offers boating, swimming and windsurfing as well as a place to sit back and enjoy the view.
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Ranked #15 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural

A memorial to the WWII era shipyard, complete with a viewing tower, where Kaiser Shipyards once envigorated the local economy.   The memorial is to Henry Kaiser, who built the... more »

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Ranked #16 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural

The Academy was the tallest building west of the Mississippi River when it was built in 1871 by Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Providence.  Dedicated as the House of Providence... more »

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Ranked #17 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #18 of 23 attractions in Vancouver
Category: Bridges; Landmarks

Simply the bridge that allows Interstate 5 to cross from Vancouver, WA into Portland, OR.   First opened to traffic in 1917, with a second span opening in 1958.  it is a... more »

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Category: Historic Sites; Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Scenic Drives; Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Cultural
Owner description: Named for General Oliver Otis Howard, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient in the Civil War, this historic home features... more » Owner description: Named for General Oliver Otis Howard, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient in the Civil War, this historic home features exhibits of the region's dramatic history from the mid-19th century to the 1930s. « less
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Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Named for a local U.S. Supreme Court Justice who espoused environmental causes, this magnificent 168,000-acre nature reserve... more » Owner description: Named for a local U.S. Supreme Court Justice who espoused environmental causes, this magnificent 168,000-acre nature reserve includes 25 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, over 60 other trails and 59 lakes, and is home to elk, mule deer, mountain goats and other wildlife. « less
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Category: Educational Sites; Outdoors
Owner description: Not your typical garden, this one is intended to teach visitors about poisonous plants and how to avoid accidental poisoning... more » Owner description: Not your typical garden, this one is intended to teach visitors about poisonous plants and how to avoid accidental poisoning through free, half-hour, year-round tours. « less
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Category: Mountains; Volcanos; Outdoors
Owner description: One of the largest volcanoes in the U.S., which last erupted over 1,350 years ago, offers plentiful recreational... more » Owner description: One of the largest volcanoes in the U.S., which last erupted over 1,350 years ago, offers plentiful recreational opportunities including hiking, fishing, camping, mountain biking and horseback riding. « less
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Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
Owner description: Dedicated to preserving the aviation history of Pearson Field, the oldest operating air field in the West, this center... more » Owner description: Dedicated to preserving the aviation history of Pearson Field, the oldest operating air field in the West, this center combines aviation history with interactive exhibits on the mechanics of flying, and allows visitors to watch old planes being restored. « less
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