Vancouver, British Columbia is a Pacific coastal port near the US border. This high-rise city boasts a spectacular setting between the ocean and the snow-capped mountains but is also blessed with many open spaces, parks, and botanical gardens. It was named for English explorer Captain George Vancouver who explored the region in the late 18th century.
When to visit VancouverVancouver has a mild climate and the botanical gardens thrive in the spring. The summer months are generally considered the best averaging around 70°F, with the beaches and water sports popular this time. Winter is generally gloomy unless you head to the mountains and their snowy peaks and resorts.
How to get to VancouverVancouver International Airport (YVR) is situated on Sea Island to the west of the city. Vancouver airport hotels are sited on the mainland. The city has a rapid transit system called the SkyTrain. Amtrak trains terminate at Pacific Central Station as does the cross-country service from Toronto, The Canadian. Ferries transport visitors to places along the Pacific coast.
Vancouver attractionsFor a pleasant Vancouver vacation there are plenty of attractions on offer including Stanley Park and the Gastown and Chinatown neighborhoods. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games were held at the nearby winter sports resort of Whistler and many visitors to the city extend their visit with stays in such hotels near Vancouver.
Where to stay in VancouverFor a splurge in a 5 star hotel visitors are drawn to the modern Shangri-La in the city's West End. Slightly less draining on the purse strings are the city's 4 star hotels, mostly centered around downtown Vancouver and the Pacific Centre. Still in the hotel district around Robson Street visitors to the city can track down some of the cheapest hotels in Vancouver too. Hotels.com gives you the best choice of hotel accommodations in Vancouver, whether you are after cozy inns or boutique hotels.