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This charismatic harbor city is equal parts natural wonder and cosmopolitan gem. 

When it comes to city planning, you can’t do much better than Vancouver. This western city is surrounded on all sides by earthly delights. Snowy mountains tower in the distance, beaches perch along the Strait of Georgia, and verdant parks dot the central districts. If you’ve spent hours flipping through a travel guide in search of Vancouver trip ideas, this treasure trove of scenery is a relatively effortless place to start.

Despite the area’s natural beauty, however, Vancouver vacation packages can be decidedly cosmopolitan. Because the thriving downtown area is bordered by an ocean, developers have had to be creative with how they plan and build. The result is skyscraper-studded central district that’s easy to navigate by foot and pretty enough to support hours of leisurely strolling.

Kick off your Vancouver vacations at the Harbor Center Lookout. This retro spot offers panoramic views of the entire city, and it’s the best way to catch a glimpse of the area before you start exploring. Then, head to the Vancouver Art Gallery to browse the collections, or snap a few photos of architectural marvels like Canada Place and the Marine Building.

Dive a little deeper into Vancouver’s culture with a trip to the West End. This locally loved district is near both historic Gastown and Chinatown, and you’ll discover charming cafes, hip eateries, and eclectic boutiques located on its residential streets. The neighborhood’s primary draw, however, is Stanley Park. Vancouver travel aficionados often consider this seaside space to be the city’s heart and soul thanks to its network of beaches and attractions. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium, take your family to the Miniature Railway, or soak up the sun on Sunset Beach. You’ll even find cheap Vancouver deals and discounts on bike rentals and kayaking amenities.

Once you’ve had your fill of Stanley, make your way to Yaletown for some of the city’s best boutiques. Pacific Center is another top spot for shopping holidays, but budget a little time to explore Granville Island. This artsy district is home to a marina, public market, and brewing company, and you’ll find several galleries and craft studios just waiting to inspire your creative side.

Where to stay in Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver showing a high-rise building, modern architecture and a city

Downtown Vancouver

4.5/5Wonderful!(6,655 area reviews)

Known for its captivating waterfront views, popular shops, and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Vancouver. Top attractions like Granville Street and Robson Street are major draws. Catch the metro at Vancouver City Center Station or Burrard Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Vancouver
Gastown showing café lifestyle, street scenes and a city

Gastown

3.5/5Good!(190 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Gastown for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Vancouver Waterfront and Granville Street. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Waterfront Metro Station.

Gastown
Yaletown which includes a city, night scenes and street scenes

Yaletown

If you're in Yaletown, take some time to enjoy the ample dining options. Consider a stop by Vancouver False Creek Seawall, and you can hop on the metro at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station to see more of the area.

Yaletown
Kitsilano which includes street scenes and a city

Kitsilano

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

Kitsilano is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kitsilano Beach and Sunset Beach.

Kitsilano
West End featuring a city, street scenes and signage

West End

The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of West End. Make a stop by Robson Street or Stanley Park while you're exploring the area.

West End
Granville Island showing a high-rise building, a river or creek and a bay or harbour

Granville Island

4.5/5Wonderful!(100 area reviews)

Travelers come to Granville Island for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Granville Island Public Market and False Creek while you're in town.

Granville Island

Top Hotels in Vancouver

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $141 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8

Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,665 reviews)

"Amazing stay, great service, clean rooms and spectacular view of the harbour."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 21, 2020

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $239 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 25

Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Canada Place, Vancouver Waterfront and Granville Street. Vancouver Convention Centre and Harbour ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,136 reviews)

"Very friendly staff. Very clean room. Loved the location on the harbour."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2020

Pan Pacific Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $152 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps away from Robson Square and Robson Street. Granville Street and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,409 reviews)

"Excellent service, accomodated our every need. Room was clean and well maintained. Check-in / check-out was easy and quick."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 17, 2020

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver

Popular places to visit in Vancouver

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(1,589 reviews)

Fly above Canada’s stunning scenery aboard a flight simulator and watch a movie in the open-air cinema at this expansive entertainment complex.

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5(2,511 reviews)

Check out this local favorite since Victorian times for its forested walking trails, beachside activities, attractive gardens and wildlife.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
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Capilano Suspension Bridge

4.5/5(993 reviews)

One of Vancouver’s most popular attractions offers a unique perspective on nature and is just a few minutes from the city center.

Top things to do in Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

CA $58
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour

CA $59
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets
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Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets

CA $62
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Vancouver Whale-Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour
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Vancouver Whale-Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour

CA $154
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Plaza Premium Lounge at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

CA $57
Per adult
5hr Bike Rental
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5hr Bike Rental

CA $37
Per adult

Reviews of Vancouver

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2898
5 - Excellent 52.78688524590164%
4 - Good
2168
4 - Good 39.489981785063755%
3 - Okay
375
3 - Okay 6.830601092896175%
2 - Disappointing
31
2 - Disappointing 0.5646630236794171%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.32786885245901637%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jun 3, 2020

was still vibrant during pandemic

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jun 3, 2020

Bab

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 27, 2020

no

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

May 23, 2020

I CHOSE TO STAY DOWNTOW VANCOUVER FOR SECURE PARKING. SECURITY IS EXACTLY WHAT WAS NOT HAPPENING DOWN THERE. MY VEHICLE WAS BROKEN INTO AND I HAD TO DRIVE BACK TO CALGARY WITH A DRIVER WINDOW GONE, THE MODA HOTEL DT VAN DIDNT EVEN VACUME OR TAPE IT.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

May 8, 2020

Beautiful, lots to do, great scenery

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

May 1, 2020

Covid crisis self distancing reason for staying in. We were here for medical concerns only.

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