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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!(6,326 area reviews)

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

Gastown

3.5/5Good!(180 area reviews)

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

Yaletown

Yaletown
Kitsilano Beach

Kitsilano

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

Kitsilano
West End featuring a city, street scenes and signage

West End

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

Granville Island

4.5/5Wonderful!(95 area reviews)

Granville Island

Top Hotels in Vancouver

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
CA $260
per night
Mar 2 - Mar 3

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! (3,798 reviews)

"The desk clerk was friendly and helpful He told us all about the amenities available. We had a beautiful room with a fantastic view! The only drawback was a very cold bathroom."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

Pan Pacific Vancouver
Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
3 out of 5
1041 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC
CA $88
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Vancouver South, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Main Street, Richmond Night Market and VanDusen Botanical Garden. Aberdeen Centre ...

3.6/5Good! (4,861 reviews)

"It was recently re-decorated to good effect. Our room at the rear of the building was very quiet, although cool. Well-located with good access to downtown, airport and ferry terminal. Restaurant on site, though we did not use it. The shuttle service from the airport after midnight was very good."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 19, 2020

Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel
Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel
4.5 out of 5
3111 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC
CA $254
per night
Feb 23 - Feb 24

Situated in the suburbs, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Richmond Night Market, Aberdeen Centre and Richmond Olympic Oval. Richmond Centre Mall ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (4,371 reviews)

"The perfect location to stay if you have an early morning departure from from YVR"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel

Popular things to do in Vancouver

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5(2,449 reviews)

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

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(1,545 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.

Robson Street
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Robson Street

4.5/5(1,645 reviews)

Browse fashion stores, independent outlets, and souvenir shops in one of the country’s premier shopping districts.

Top activities in Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

94% of travellers recommend
CA $57
Per adult
Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket
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Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket

92% of travellers recommend
CA $42
Per adult
City Delights Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge Park & Fish Hatchery
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City Delights Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge Park & Fish Hatchery

96% of travellers recommend
CA $135
Per adult

Reviews of Vancouver

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 52.85083509310808%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.45095027836437%
3 - Okay
354
3 - Okay 6.7959301209445195%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.5951238241505087%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.3071606834325206%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 20, 2020

Highly recommend Rodney's Oyster House in Yaletown. Amazing seafood, fantastic staff, and great service! Recommend booking reservations however because they do fill up quick.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

Walk as much as you can. There’s so much to see! If you have dry weather, there’s no better city on earth!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

We enjoyed walking around Robson St and area at night.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 19, 2020

Don’t be afraid to try little hole-in-the-wall restaurants. They may be small but they’re so good!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

Bring an umbrella and warm rain gear to get the most out of the city in the winter months.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Feb 18, 2020

One of the beautiful city in North America.

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