If you've yet to travel to the Pacific Northwest, place Vancouver high on your 'must venture to' list. Vancouver is the ultimate playground for all types of travelers; there are forests to hike in, sleek sailboats to cruise on, local designer boutiques to check out, and a vast variety of cuisines to nosh on. Like the emerald city of Dorothy's Oz, the sparkling glass skyline of Vancouver will prove that it is, indeed, the great and powerful of all.
Where to rest your head at night:
There is a large selection of hotels, home sharing, and even houseboats to choose from in Vancouver. We opted for Marriott Bonvoy's all-suite Westin Grand in downtown Vancouver. By redeeming Marriott points for four nights, we were able to get the fifth night free. Traveling for Labour Day, we got a great deal as the rate would have been over $300 USD a night.
When You're Not Eating:
Just got off the plane and need to stretch your legs? Head straight to Stanley Park where 17 miles of Western rainforest trails await. Bike along the seawall, visit the storied totem poles, or plop down on a bench to soak in the sights.