Best Places to Live

Vancouver, WA

Population: 168,050
Jeff Adkins

The scenery alone in Vancouver, WA, is enough to make anyone think twice about leaving. Surrounded by the Coast Mountains and not far from the majestic Mount St. Helens and Mount Hood, the city sites are impressive. But residents know that Vancouver is pretty impressive even without its mountain enclosure.

Where to Stay

The Luxurious: The Heathman Lodge

The Affordable: Hilton Vancouver

The Quaint: Briar Rose Inn Bed & Breakfast

What to Do

Outdoors: Esther Short Park, climb Mount Hood or Mount St. Helens

Attractions: National Historic Reserve Historic Site, Pearson Airfield and Museum, Slocum House Theatre Company

Nightlife/Food: Brickhouse Bar and Grill, Halftime Tavern, Allen's Crosley Lanes, Pop Culture

Where to Eat

Dinner for Two: Tommy O's Pacific Rim Bistro

For the Family: Vancouver Pizza Company

Quick Fix: Wiener Wagon