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What are must-sees and where to stay in Seattle and Vancouver

Staying 2 nights each in Seattle and Vancouver pre and post an Alaska Cruise in September. We are late 60's. What should we not miss? Best places to stay that is not very expensive? We can rent a car if recommended.

Thanks for any guidance.

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  • Valerie Stimac

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    There are lots of traditional 'must do' things in Seattle, not limited to:

    All of these things are within easy walking distance of the piers, though it will depend on which cruise line you're taking (Norwegian and Oceania Cruises leaves from near Pier 69, whereas Holland America and Princess Cruises leave from the Pier 91 - Smith Cove Terminal--the latter will definitely necessitate a car).

    Other cool things (especially if you're getting a car):

    As for places to stay, it's not super fancy, but I stayed at Mediterranean Inn when I first moved to Seattle and it was sufficient for a few nights and reasonably priced... also a close walk to the Space Needle, Seattle Center, and Dick's Drive-In, which if you don't have any dietary restrictions, is a Seattle MUST DO.

    Have fun!!

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      nice! I am visiting Seattle as well this summer. · (1 likelikes)

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      Have a great trip, Kim! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Todd Bernave

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    Hi Les,

    I would for sure rent a car. While you can see and get around fairly easy in the city, there are things you might want to do that require a little more travel.

    I would try and see or go to the Pike Place Market, visit the Seattle Center (Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass), maybe a ferry ride out to Bainbridge Island Ferry, get some fish and chips at the Ballard Locks, find some culture at the Seattle Art Museum (or take a gallery walk), learn about our city and region at the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), have the best damn coffee ever at Espresso Vivace, walk along the Seattle Waterfront, take a walk at Gasworks Park Marina, and maybe catch a Mariners Field game if you like baseball.

    There are more great restaurants than you can shake a stick at ... I recommend you do a little research based on what you like to eat. Great view ... Ivars Fish Bar or Lake Union (not the walk up counter in the front, but the restaurant in back!), Salty's on Alki. Spinasse, Revel, Staple and Fancy Mercantile, Assaggio ... seriously, so many to choose from with different cuisine, atmospheres, it would do you well to do a little digging!

    There's lots more to do, but hopefully this wets your appitite! Have fun!

    T.

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  • Katherine Hornbach

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    Some thoughts on your Vancouver visit:

    - Stay on The Peninsula in Downtown Vancouver. Most things are walkable from there. Plus, Vancouver has a great public transit system. Parking is a nuisance best avoided.

    - The Westin Bayshore is expensive, but is a nice place and is in an ideal location – on the Stanley Park English Bay Seawall, near Stanley Park, near the two major shopping/eating streets of Robson & Denman. Lots of attractions within a short walk.

    - Times Square Suites is a less expensive hotel in the same general area as the Westin Bayshore. Supposed to be very nice.

    - On the low-end, the YWCA Hotel/Residence is reputed to be very nice and inexpensive. The location is not quite as central, though. But most things are still easily walkable.

    Here are my top suggestions for what to see & do in Vancouver. Not sure what you are specifically interested in, but these will suit most people:

    - Museum of Anthropology – a great museum about the native people of the northwest, with lots of artifacts.

    - Walk/bike ride the seawall that surrounds the downtown area and Stanley Park (the second largest urban park in north America, after central park)

    - Go to FlyOver Canada at Canada Place (a big downtown convention area/cruise ship terminal). It’s an amazing experience – a combination of IMAX theater and amusement park ride.

    - Visit Granville Island – a farmer’s market combined with marine stores combined with restaurants combined with art galleries combined with…. It’s right near downtown.

    - Visit Chinatown – one of the largest in north America. Very authentic.

    - The Aquarium Stanley Park in Stanley Park is also very well done, and features arctic beluga whales.

    - Whale watching trips leave from downtown – mostly Orca whales, but a variety of others as well

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    In Vancouver, try and get a room at the The Sylvia Hotel Vancouver on English Bay. Fabulous old hotel right on the beach, within walking distance of everything downtown and it won't empty your wallet. From the hotel walk along the Stanley Park English Bay Seawall to the Granville Island Ferry Dock and head across to the Granville Island Public Market to spend an enjoyable morning (or afternoon) eating your way around it . Walk in the other direction into Stanley Park and head to The Fish House in Stanley Park (right in the park) for a great brunch or dinner - ask for Louis.

    If your history buffs take a walk through one if our oldest neighborhoods, Strathcona, and end with dinner in Chinatown at Bao Bei.

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    If you are going to be staying in Vancouver and are comfortable taking public transit/taxis then their is no need for a car.

    Walk around Stanley Park and see the Totem Poles.

    Take the gondola up Grouse Mountain. Nice views of city. Or you could hike up Grouse Mountain and take the gondola down.

    Capilano Suspension Bridge.

    Take the bus to Horseshoe Bay and then the ferry to Bowen Island.Capilano Suspension Bridge




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    Hi Les,

    Grouse Mountain, the Capilano Salmon Hatchery and the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver make a great day outing. The Suspension Bridge has lots of great space to walk with the family and Grouse Mountain is fun - Up top, there's a playground, grizzly bear and wolf enclosure and easy hiking.

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    Don't miss "Granville Island" in Downtown Vancouver for artsy shopping, great food spots - many of the downtown older hotels have been upgraded with charm and affordability

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      Granville Island Brewery is a nice place for a cold beer while there. And you can even rent a boat and take a tour of False Creek in summer! · (1 likelikes)

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    Welcome!! I hope you have a wonderful time here in Vancouver :)

    Check out:

    Seawall you could cycle or walk the Vancouver Aquarium is cool too :)

    Lunch Herons West Coast Kitchen + Bar

    Dessert Bella Gelateria either way

    OR Lunch Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

    Venture over to Vancouver Art Gallery (free late tuesday I think?)

    These are a few ideas, enjoy your cruise!

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    In Vancouver, if you love going on walks, check out the seawall at Stanley Park. It's a lovely walk around the park and you'll finish at English Bay where you can grab food on Denman St. I also love the Vancouver Aquarium. The prices for hotels can be experience but you can try Priceline and Hotwire. If you don't mind staying outside of Downtown, check out Douglas Guest House and Windsor Guest House http://www.dougwin.com. I haven't stayed there but a friend did and it was good value. Vancouver is transit friendly!

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    Hey Les! We did the exact same thing a couple years ago. We stayed a week on Bowen Island and a couple days in Vancouver before we left on an Alaska cruise. Bowen Island was really nice and beautiful. A week there might have been a bit much because it was a little sleepy.

    We loved Vancouver and in hindsight wished we had a couple more nights there. We stayed at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver which was nice because it was literally connected to port which allowed the bellman to take your bags right on to the ship. That was great. It was also a walk to all the bars restaurants in Gastown which was fun. A couple places we liked to eat was Meat & Bread (unique sandwiches) and Pourhouse (a gastro pub with handcrafted old school cocktails. Best Ramos Fizz i've ever had and they gave me history lesson the drink too)

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