Sitting right on the southernmost border of the state is the beautiful city of Vancouver. It is the fourth largest city in Washington and is a part of the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, as it is a short drive across the Columbia River to the Oregon city.
Once having its beginning as a fur trading post in the early 1800s, Vancouver is now time and time again showing up on lists of the best places to live.
With plenty of history, there are also many museums to visit documenting said history—and even a historical residence that now houses an art gallery and winery!
Vancouver is also home to a number of music venues, theaters, and a relatively prominent art scene. And for the nature lovers, you can’t pass up the beauty of the Columbia.