Vancouver

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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.

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Where to stay in 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 $149 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps from Robson Street and Robson Square. Vancouver Art Gallery and Granville Street are also within 5 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,513 reviews)
"close to downtown"

Reviewed on Oct. 26, 2021

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $169 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Vancouver Waterfront and United States Consulate. Vancouver False Creek Seawall and Olympic Cauldron ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,807 reviews)
"The location of the hotel was good, Nice views of the ocean and mountain from our window. All the tourist spots were nearby. We loved our stay here"

Reviewed on Oct. 24, 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $247 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Vancouver Waterfront and Canada Place. Granville Street and Vancouver False Creek Seawall are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,857 reviews)
"Beautiful view close to many restaurants and Pacfic centre mall"

Reviewed on Oct. 23, 2021

Pan Pacific Vancouver
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Rosedale Condominiums
Rosedale Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $147 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Located in Yaletown, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Vancouver Central Public Library. Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Vancouver ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,073 reviews)
"The property was close to everything we needed within walking distance. Super accommodating and overall a nice stay."

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2021

Rosedale Condominiums
Sonder at Revival
Sonder at Revival
4 out of 5
1771 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC
Located in West End, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Vancouver False Creek Seawall and English Bay Beach. Robson Street and English Bay are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (48 reviews)
"We had a wonderful stay at Sonder Revival! Everything was efficient, from check-in to check-out. The mini apartment style had a practical layout, fully equipped and well maintained. The cleanliness was on point, especially during the pandemic (felt very safe). It was in a fantastic location, making ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 10, 2021

Sonder at Revival
Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
4 out of 5
1022 Seymour Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $243 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Art Gallery and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. Queen Elizabeth ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (155 reviews)
"Great service from the 24 hour front desk and very accommodating. Perfect location and amenities. Would definitely stay there again!"

Reviewed on Jul. 27, 2021

Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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