Situated at the south end of town, Fairhaven is Bellingham’s charming historic district. The quaint red brick buildings span six compact city blocks packed with shops, art galleries and restaurants for fun (don’t miss the Toy Garden). Hang out on the Village Green, pick up a sweet treat at Katie’s Cupcakes or Rocket Donuts, and browse your favorite authors at Village Books, an iconic bookstore that welcomes kids and doles out dog treats. Walk the South Bay Trail to Taylor Dock, an above-water boardwalk that connects to the waterfront Boulevard Park, where families will find green space, a pirate-themed playground, a coffee shop, beaches and unbeatable sunsets. Just down Harris Avenue, the Bellingham Cruise Terminal houses Amtrak’s train depot for visitors traveling by rail, and also serves as the Alaska Marine Highway’s southern ferry terminus for Alaska-bound passengers. It’s fun to check out the ferry even if you’re not heading north.