Whether by sea, sky or land, Vancouver offers a variety of transportation options. The city's modern infrastructure can handle the needs of even the most frequent traveler. City residents enjoy access to Clark County's public transit provider, C-TRAN. This system offers nearly 30 different bus routes as well as special services including commuter lines, carpooling programs and curb-to-curb transportation. In addition, Vancouver's Amtrak train station provides convenient intercity access.
Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 run through Vancouver, offering convenient access to both Portland and Seattle. A prosperous hub for commerce in its own right, Vancouver benefits by being within easy traveling distance of the largest urban centers in the Pacific Northwest. Triangulating the community of Vancouver are the airport of Seattle/Tacoma, Spokane, and Portland International Airport, which is only 15 minutes away.
Many state schools and junior colleges are nearby, providing students and adult learners with many opportunities to pursue a college degree. Clark College is a community college providing two-year transfer degree studies, technical training and basic skills classes to more than 12,500 full-time and part-time students each quarter. It is the second largest college in the Washington State system of 35 community and technical colleges.
Washington State University began offering courses in Clark County in 1983. In 1989, the University formally established WSU Vancouver as a branch campus of the nationally-recognized university. The Vancouver campus is a premier, non-residential university with access to the depth and breadth of the WSU system. The Salmon Creek campus opened in 1996 and currently hosts educational opportunities to over 2,300 students.
The city's library system also contributes to community learning, providing state-of-the-art facilities for information access and literary discussion. The Vancouver Community Library circulates more than a million items per year. Another not-to-be-outdone collection of books and publications resides unexpectedly amidst retailers in the large mall of Westfield Shopping Center in Vancouver.
Study of a more natural sort is available throughout the extensive parks system of rain-kissed Clark County and Vancouver. Popular and pretty, the Memory/Mill Plain and Moulton Falls Parks never disappoint. Some of the region's oldest parks ? such as Vancouver's Esther Short Park, founded in 1855 and home to the to the region's oldest public square ? nurture a historic beauty all their own. In addition, at 100 years of age, the still-operating Pearson Airpark persists as the nation's longest-running airfield. For a weekend getaway, Vancouverites enjoy a brief visit to the slopes of Mt. Hood. Slightly longer drives whisk them to the base of lava-throated Mt. St. Helens. And for just a quick getaway, Oregon's stunning beaches are less than a two hour drive away. It's here where residents and visitors can fully appreciate the beauty and tranquility that only the State of Oregon can offer.