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A Day in Vancouver

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What to do when you’ve only 24 hours at hand to experience and explore this diverse city? Is it possible to take in everything the city has to offer and to experience the unparalleled beauty of this city with all its parks, museums, historic structures, scenic landscapes, local shopping and cuisine in 24 hours?  Yes, it is indeed very much possible! Vancouver can be covered in 24 hours with this itinerary guide-

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8:00am- Morning walk at Waterfront Renaissance Trail!

Start you day with a refreshing morning walk on a 5-mile scenic paved pathway at Waterfront Renaissance Trail. This trail runs along the Columbian River. Visitors can skate, bike, jog, run or walk here, while taking in the scenic beauty and the beautiful views of the river. Along the way, you’ll find World War II-era Kaiser Shipyard and Viewing Tower, Ilchee Statue and Plaza, breathtaking views of Vancouver Land Bridge, and Wendy Rose stainless steel sculpture. A great way to start your day 1 in Vancouver!

Address: 115 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, WA 98661, United States

9:00am- Partake of Breakfast!

After a long walk, it’s time to refuel for the day ahead. 

Grab a cup of java at Savona Coffee House. It serves up delicious light breakfast along with Ice cream and other tasty treats. With country-style decor, friendly vibe, cozy setting, and delicious breakfast and coffee, it receives rave reviews from patrons. Salads, sandwiches, ice-creams, pastries and espresso, you’ll find everything to satisfy your craving. 

Address: 1898 SE Columbia River Dr, Vancouver, WA 98661, United States
Phone: 1 360-695-0678
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:00am-7:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 7:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 7:00am-7:00pm
Distance from Waterfront Renaissance Trail: 0.5miles or 3minutes drive


Enjoy a Cajun & Creole comfort food at Mama's Kitchen. It oozes out an unpretentious and easygoing vibe. The menu includes salads, bacon & eggs, pork chop, biscuits & gravy, sandwiches, sausages, burgers, egg benedict and pancakes. 

Address: 611 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, United States
Phone: 1 360-597-3260
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 9:00am-10:00pm; Sunday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Distance from Waterfront Renaissance Trail: 1.2miles or 6minutes drive

10:00am- Connect with past at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site!

A trip to Vancouver is incomplete without visiting the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site that holds a plenty of city’s rich history. From Native American settlement to British fur trading post to military history, this site is steeped in past. It is also home to an extensive archaeology collection. Explore the reconstructed structure and buildings of the mid-1800s here. Discover stories of settlement, transition and community at this site!

Address: 1501 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, United States
Phone: 1 360-816-6230
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Savona Coffee House: 1.9miles or 7minutes drive

11:00am- Stroll through the historic houses at Officer’s Row!

Next, head to Officer’s Row, another historic site that features restored Victorian houses. It is home to Marshall House and Ulysses S. Grant House. The Marshall house features antique decor, Victorian furnishings, artifacts and memorabilia of General George C. Marshall, who was the commanding officer at Vancouver Barracks from 1936 to 1938. Another must-visit home is the Ulysses S. Grant house. It is the oldest house on the Officer’s Row. Take a guided tour of these Victorian homes and browse the exhibits and artifacts that depict the rich history of Vancouver in the nineteenth century. 

12:00pm- Some more local history at Clark County Historical Museum!

Next, head to Clark County Historical Museum that features a collection of exhibits and artifacts highlighting the story of Clark County and the Pacific Northwest.  Exhibits range from Native American history to the Interstate-5 building to the people who played a significant role in the development of Clark County. It also houses a Native American craft exhibition, railroad exhibit and other artifacts. 

Address: 1511 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, United States
Phone: 1 360-993-5679
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00am-4:00pm
Distance from Officer’s Row: 1.4miles or 6minutes drive via Fort Vancouver Way

1:00pm- Lunch at The Grant House!

Fill up on American food at The Grant House. The food is made from local, fresh ingredients. Catch plenty of live music acts, while enjoying the contemporary American fare. The food served here will keep you well fed for the day ahead!

Address: 1101 Officers Row, Vancouver, WA 98661, United States
Phone: 1 360-906-1101
Opening hours: Monday: 11:00am-3:00pm; Tuesday to Saturday: 11:00am-8:00pm
Distance from Clark County Historical Museum: 1.1miles or 5minutes drive

2:00pm- Hear the bell tower sound at Esther Short Park!

Head to Esther Short Park after a scrumptious lunch. The park features a historic theatre, a fountain for kids, a gazebo, a rose garden, a playground, paved walking paths, live music and a Salmon Run Bell tower along with glockenspiel diorama and bronze bells.  The Salmon Run Bell Tower is a 69-foot clock tower that rotates to tell a story of the Chinook Indians. The glockenspiel and bells play daily at 12:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Worth a visit!

Address: 415 W 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, United States
Phone: 1 360-487-8311
Distance from The Grant House: 1.0mile or 6minutes drive

3:00pm- Browse artwork at Aurora Gallery!

Visit the Aurora Gallery that features artworks by local up-and-coming artists. The artwork spans across a variety of medias and styles, including sculptures, photographs, frame fine art paintings, art glass, pottery and more. 

Address: 1004 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, United States
Phone: 1 360-696-0449
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00am-5:30pm; Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Distance from Esther Short Park: 0.5miles or 3minutes drive

4:00pm- A glimpse of the aviation past at Pearson Air Museum!

Next, head to the Pearson Air Museum that features the aviation history of the area. It includes early military aviators, pre-WWII period aircrafts, Army Wings and Army Boots that depict the birth of Pearson field and the Vancouver Barracks history, the Straight-Grained Soldiers exhibit and other military aviation artifacts and objects.  

Address: 1115 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661, United States
Phone: 1 360-816-6232
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Distance from Aurora Gallery: 1.5miles or 5minutes drive via Mill Plain Blvd

5:00pm- Go Shopping at Downtown Vancouver!

Head to downtown Vancouver that is a hub of the city brimming with antique stores, boutiques, consignment shops, gift shops, and more. Whether you’re looking for apparel, accessories, jewelry, health and beauty items, or antiques and vintage finds, you’ll find it all here. Stoll along the area and browse the shops dotting the area. For healthy food and body care, swing by Arnada Naturals (2407 Main, Vancouver, WA 98660); for clothing and accessories, head to BDivine Clothing Boutique (904 Main Street, Vancouver, WA, 98660); for home accessories and local art, stop by Diving Haven Home (106 W 9th, Vancouver, WA, 98660). There are many more shops of just about everything you looking for!

7:00pm- An aperitif!

Grab a cup of java with wine or beer at the Brewed 360. It is a perfect spot for wine, beer and coffee lovers. It has a vast selection of beer and wine, along with munchies. 

Address: 603 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, United States
Phone: 1 360-597-3386
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday: 7:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 7:30am-3:00pm


All the wine lovers, make your way over to the Niche Wine & Art that features about 30 wines by glass and 160 by the bottle. Poetry readings and live music add to the entertainment. Sip a glass of wine, while munching on edibles.

Address: 1013 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, United States
Phone: 1 360-980-8352
Opening hours: Monday: 4:00pm-9:00pm; Tuesday to Saturday: 4:00pm-10:00pm; Thursday: 11:30am-3:00pm, 4:00pm-10:00pm

8:00pm- Dinner!

Craving for Italian, head to La Bottega (1905 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, United States) that serves up delicious sandwiches, pastas, gourmet pizza and other Italian staples. 

Head to Willem’s On Main (907 Main Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, United States) for some northwest comfort food, including cherry sauce, bacon, Pork loin and polenta. Do save a room for their yummy waffles. 

Try American classics with a new twist at Lapellah (2520 Columbia House Blvd #108, Vancouver, WA 98661, United States). Relish the southern comfort food in a lively setting.

10:00pm- Bar Hopping!

Start your night on the town at the Low Bar, a no-frills bar with plenty of cocktails and tasty bar bites to accompany. Sip on a craft beer and bite into some comfort fare.  There is an impressive line-up of craft beers and classic cocktails.

Address: 809 Washington Street, Vancouver, WA 98660, United States
Phone: 1 360-718-8378
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 11:00am-2:00am

Next, swing by the Back Alley Bar & Grill, a lively bar with friendly atmosphere. On any given night of the week, you can walk in to find live music and karaoke. Video games, billiard, pool tables, big screens and juke box add to the entertainment. Monday night is Football specials. Knock back a couple of drinks, while watching the big game on the screens or play a game of pool or billiards. 

Address: 6503 E Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98661, United States
Phone: 1 360-694-6873
Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 3:00pm-2:00am; Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm-2:00am

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