Bellingham, an hour and a half north of Seattle, is the northernmost major city in the state of Washington. It is popular with visitors as a gateway city to a number of nearby tourist areas, such as the San Juan Islands, the North Cascades National Park, Vancouver and the rest of British Columbia (via Interstate 5 which becomes Highway 99), and Alaska, as Bellingham is a major fishing and ferry port. Its legacy, still in force to a degree, is as a thriving lumber and paper-mill town and seaport for outbound forest products. Today, the beautiful setting, climate, and relatively low costs for a West Coast location are bringing many migrants to the area. Visit the city for abundant nature, outdoor adventure and sweeping scenery from the Salish Sea to Mt. Baker and North Cascades National Park.