Witness how city life and natural beauty combine perfectly in Vancouver, Canada. Whether you are craving experiences in a bustling downtown or relaxed moments in nature, Vancouver is a gorgeous destination that you can visit year-round. To take advantage of the exciting attractions and surrounding nature, rent a car to make getting around a breeze.
Although Vancouver is busy, driving is relatively straightforward and easy. You will not struggle with parking and easily find plenty of garages, lots, and street parking, both free and metered. To make refilling your meter easy, you can download the “Pay By Phone” app, which allows you to refill the meter by credit card. All you need is the parking meter number and the license plate number of your rental car.
To see just how stunning the city truly is, stop by the Vancouver Lookout. Ride the glass elevator to the observation deck at the top for 360º aerial views. Admission here is valid the entire day, so enjoy it in the sunny afternoon and return for sunset or nighttime views.
Stanley Park is a must-see when visiting, and it is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. The park was one of the first areas explored in Vancouver, and before British Columbia was colonized, it was originally inhabited by indigenous peoples. You can discover so much within this forest that borders downtown, including beaches, an aquarium, a water park, many restaurants, and historic landmarks.
Get a truly unique museum experience at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. The exhibits celebrate world arts and cultures, with a particular focus on the Pacific Northwest. The most renowned object here is likely a sculpture called The Raven and the First Men by Bill Reid, which has been featured on the Canadian twenty dollar bill.
In the end, a trip to Canada would be complete with trying the local dish: poutine. This comfort food is comprised of French fries, cheese curds, and gravy, and it is a perfect snack to get you through a long day of sightseeing. Stop by La Belle Patate to try it. They even have a meat-free gravy, so it is a wonderful spot for both meat-eaters and vegetarians alike.
In case you have a little extra time in Vancouver, you can also venture outside the city limits for interesting day trips. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is an incredibly popular attraction resting 230 feet above a river, and it not only includes the bridge but treetop walks and a cliff walk as well. Grouse Mountain offers many activities, including skiing in the winter, a zipline, turbine, wildlife sanctuary, and even live performances. These destinations, to name just two, are a mere 20-30 minute drive from the heart of Vancouver.
Experience Vancouver’s appeal firsthand, exploring lush greenery, taking in expansive views, and enjoying a lively downtown. An affordable car rental with us at Orbitz will allow you to accomplish everything on your sightseeing list when visiting Vancouver, no matter what rental car class you need.