For Out-of-Town Visitors

In addition to the year-round public events and exhibits that we offer at the Clark County Historical Museum, we’ve compiled a short list of things to do and see during your stay in Vancouver, Washington.


Located just north of the Columbia River and east of Interstate 5, the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is a must-see for visitors to Vancouver, hosting a variety of free and paid interpretive events and activities–and don’t miss the Pearson Air Museum on the north edge of the Fort site. The adjoining Officers’ Row, a line of homes built in the mid-1800s to house army officers from the nearby barracks, is a lovely place to take a stroll. A few blocks west is Esther Short Park, which hosts the Vancouver Farmers’ Market every weekend between March and October as well as a plethora of festivals year-round. Many are the art galleries in our fair city: VDA’s First Friday Downtown is the best time to see them all, when many galleries and other businesses are open late.

Food & Drink

The Grant House Restaurant, located on Officers’ Row in the Ulysses S. Grant house, serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Another local staple is the Vancouver Pizza Company on upper Main Street, which serves a variety of pizzas, calzones, and accoutrements. Bleu Door Bakery, up the street, issues forth an array of fresh pastries, breads, and lunchtime soups and sandwiches. For a leisurely weekend brunch, walk down to the colorful Mint Tea, half import-store and half otherworldly breakfast hideaway. If deliciousness in the field of crêpe and quiche is any indicator of success, C’est la Vie, now at the Vancouver Farmers’ Market every weekend, will be here for a long time to come. Vancouver and Clark County are home to several wineries, breweries, and houses of coffee: Heisen House Vineyards, Mt. Tabor Brewing, and Torque Coffee Roasters are just a few. For nightlife, check out Low Bar on Washington Street.

For more information about events in downtown Vancouver, visit the Vancouver Downtown Association’s website.